Volunteer Opportunities

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There are many ways for Catlin Gabel community members to make a difference at the school, and volunteers play a vital role. We welcome parents, guardians, grandparents, alumni, and friends to get involved—whether it’s every week, once a month, or once a year.

Annual Benefit Gala

The annual Gala & Auction serves as the school’s largest fundraising event, contributing approximately 35% of the Catlin Gabel Fund. The funds raised directly support our students, teachers, and yearly programs. The success of this evening relies on the dedication of parent volunteers who generously devote their time and efforts.

Organizing a successful event of this size requires meticulous planning and unwavering commitment from faculty, staff and our beloved volunteers. We depend on the generous volunteer support from our community to help communicate, plan, and execute the many details for this event. Some responsibilities may span several months, while others only require an hour or two. Volunteer opportunities encompass:


Are you excited about Catlin Gabel School and want to promote our biggest fundraiser of the year?! The positions of Auction Chair and Co-Chair help promote and communicate all details of this event to the Catlin Gabel community and inspire excitement to raise money, participate and/or volunteer with this BIG event. All event planning logistics will be the responsibility of the Advancement Team.


Do you have creative ideas and enjoy reaching out to people? Are you willing to ask a business or friend for an in-kind donation? Are you willing to reach out to your network to help secure one-of-a-kind experiences to auction off during the event? This role is for you! Join the team of parent volunteers that procures items and has fun doing it.


This role would be in charge of coordinating and communicating with the preschool through 5th grade classes regarding the custom art pieces created with students, teachers and volunteers. This person would help lead a team of other class art volunteers to ensure all tasks were completed in a timely manner and executed according to the art guidelines.


Assist the development team with administrative tasks to prepare for the evening. This could include data entry, organizing packages, helping with décor, and more.


Volunteers are needed to help not only during the event, but before and after the event as well. Roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to auction set-up, greeter, raffle ticket sales, coat check, and break-down.