Volunteer Opportunities

We encourage all parents to volunteer for a minimum of eight hours a year, although many parents contribute countless hours of their time. We thank you in advance for everything you do to enrich our children’s educational experience and strengthen our community. Catlin Gabel is fully enriched by our volunteers who generously give time to all areas of the school. We welcome parents, alumni and their families, and friends to be part of our unique community.

Beginning School

  • Class field trips
  • Classroom assistance
  • Food for Back-to-School Night and parent-teacher conferences
  • BS and LS library book shelving
  • Winter Sparkle
  • Spring Festival
  • Honeybee Circus

Lower School

  • Class field trips
  • Revels
  • Spring Festival
  • BS and LS library book shelving
  • Food at Back-to-School Night, parent-teacher conferences, and Celebration of Learning evenings
  • Field Day
  • End-of-year grade level slideshows
  • Yearbook
  • Curb duty

Middle School

  • Invitational track meet
  • Food for parent-teacher conferences and portfolio night potlucks
  • Classroom help
    • 6th grade examples: science squid dissection, Orchard Day, Ancient Heritage Day, Surgery Day
  • 8th grade musical
  • 8th grade year-end celebration
  • End-of-year slideshows
  • Curb duty

Upper School

  • Book sales, book returns, and locker assignment
  • Chaperone Homecoming, Winter Formal, and prom dances
  • Food at parent-teacher conferences, Back-to-School Night, grade-level annual potluck
  • Host parent social gatherings
  • Community service learning programs
  • Startup Camp
  • Team parents for extracurricular activities
  • On-campus college fair
  • Graduation ceremony
  • Organize and decorate graduation party venue
  • Graduation slideshow


  • Admission Open House
  • Host family program
  • PFA grade representatives
  • PFA executive council (president, vice president, treasurer, advisor to council, new family integration coordinator, inclusivity coordinator, communications coordinator, Spring Festival coordinator, and division coordinators)


Organizing a successful auction takes thoughtful preparation and dedication. Auction proceeds directly support our teachers, programs, and students. We rely on the generous volunteer support of our community to plan, organize, and manage this remarkable event.

Please take a moment to review the available volunteer opportunities.

Join the team that seeks out wondrous items to sell at the auction. Do you have creative ideas or enjoy meeting new people? Are you willing to ask for a donation? This role is for you!

Student Art Project Leaders
Love being creative? Want to make art with students? Volunteer to help create the class art projects to be sold at the auction.

Office Volunteer
Assist the development team with clerical tasks to prepare for auction events.

Auction Event Volunteer
Volunteer to help before, during, or after the event. Includes auction set-up, staffing at event as a greeter or selling raffle tickets, and post-event organization.

For more information on any of these positions please contact Nicole Spencer, Annual and Planned Giving, Executive Director, at spencern@catlin.edu.

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Please contact Nicole Spencer, Annual and Planned Giving, Executive Director, at spencern@catlin.edu to volunteer for the Catlin Gabel Fund.

Outdoor Education Program

The outdoor education program seeks parent volunteers with any of these skills.

  • Camping
  • Day hiking
  • Wilderness backpacking
  • Rock climbing
  • Vertical rescue
  • Mountaineering
  • Bike touring
  • Caving
  • Cross country skiing
  • Whitewater raft guiding
  • Swiftwater
  • Sea kayaking
  • Sailing skipper or captain
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Desert travel

Get in touch if you can help by emailing John Harnetiaux, outdoor education director, at harnetiauxj@catlin.edu.

An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

Explore why Catlin Gabel is a national leader in progressive education.

We welcome more than 100 new families annually to our inclusive community from the Portland area and beyond.


A demanding and engaging program in which each student is the unit of consideration

Playing sports involves life lessons in determination, grace, and resilience. We invite everyone to be part of a team.

Extensive support ensures our students are successful.

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We foster a community that appreciates our differences and recognizes our essential unity

Every gift benefits our students. Every volunteer hour builds our community.

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