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Your Volunteering Makes a Real Impact...


Below are  FOM sponsored and operated programs that further enhance the students’ educational experience at Marquez. We are always looking for help in any program run by Friends of Marquez, whether you would like to Chair, Co-Chair, or volunteer hours.  






Year of Parties! – YOP! is FUNdraising and community building at its best.  Families purchase tickets for parents or students to attend a variety of parent donor hosted parties.  All ticket proceeds go to FOM.  Volunteers are needed to manage sign-ups, seek donors to host events and encourage other families to attend parties.  This is the 3rd biggest fundraiser at Marquez and a community builder. We would love to have volunteers who enjoy planning parties.   The more parties, the more money FOM makes!



Read-A-Thon – Reading is fun!  Each year, children read as much as they can during this time, gathering pledges from friends and family.  Parent volunteers coordinate the entire event, and keep up with this Marquez tradition year after year.  



Annual Auction – The Auction is Marquez’s “not-to-miss” fundraising gala of the year, and it is our second biggest fundraiser.  It is a most anticipated dinner party featuring a live, silent and online auction.  A large team of parent volunteers work together to organize the entire event, from all aspects of event planning to soliciting auction item donations to helping classes create gift baskets, original artwork and other items for auction. Volunteers also help set up the day of the event.  



Book Fair – For a week in November and just in time for the holidays, the annual Scholastic Book Fair transforms the auditorium into a bookstore and gift shop with best sellers and other materials.  Net proceeds from the sales go to FOM to fund enrichment programs.  Volunteers help staff the weeklong event 8am – 3pm, and also help set up the week before.  



Shop to Support FOM - Shopping on many websites can earn FOM free money because the business gives a percentage of the total amount you spend back to FOM. It's virtually free money. This includes iGive.com, AmazonSmile, and Ralphs. Volunteers would help run these programs by helping to market this to our school community or be at school events to help get parents to sign up.



Edible Garden Administrator & Volunteers – Marie Steckmest is our invaluable volunteer at Marquez, who has been taking care of our gardens in and around school, and our edible garden that the kids work in weekly. She has dedicated so much time to Marquez.  The kids love Ms.Marie and love working in the garden. She is always looking for parents to help her do many different things throughout the year. If you love to garden, this is the perfect volunteer position for you.  Ms.Marie is always looking for people to help with garden maintenance such as watering and mulching.   In addition, volunteers can also assist during classroom cooking and garden planting lessons.  



Marquee– The Marquez Marquee is a way for the school to communicate upcoming events.  This volunteer is in charge of changing the Marquee every week for the upcoming events and kids birthday’s for those families that have paid to have their child’s birthday recognized on our Marquee. This is a fun volunteer position that many kids like to help with.  



Community Sponsorships – This team reaches out to our generous local business partners and sponsors for contributions benefitting our award-winning and community-defining neighborhood school. If you like sales and going after potential donors, this is the perfect fit. 



Grant Writing – Did you know that, in an average year, the Grant Writing Team wins over $15,000 in grants for Marquez?  This team researches and puts together applications for available outside funding opportunities from corporations, foundations and community organizations.  This team can always use more help researching new opportunities and coming up with winning grant proposals.  



Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination – Help recruit and coordinate the next generation of FOM leaders!  At Marquez, parent volunteers do whatever it takes to bridge that ever-widening gap between what LAUSD is able to provide and what we, as parents, strive to provide our kids in their daily education.  Recruiting and coordinating volunteers is a full-time operation -- Let the FOM team know by completing the form to see what you can do to help!  





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