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Volunteer Opportunities

The Shipley community has a wide range of ways for parents, local alumni, and non-local alumni to share their skills and ideas.

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Encourage Parent Giving

Each year, every parent is asked to support Shipley through the Annual Fund. You can help Shipley increase dollars raised as well as participation by contacting other parents and asking them to join you in supporting the School. Outreach is initially conducted through letter, with follow up made by phone and/or email. To help, contact Mary Ellen Keyser, Director of Parent Giving: 610-581-4670 or

Engage Other Parents

Parent Coordinators help facilitate effective communication between home and School and work to build a volunteer community. They support each division as requested, with specific responsibilities defined by the Division Head. Parent Coordinators help manage parent involvement in class, division, and all-school activities and events. Note: In Lower School, there are also Homeroom Parents who are managed by grade-level Parent Coordinators. If you are interested in serving as a Parent Coordinator or a L.S. Homeroom Parent, contact the appropriate Division Head. After considering all interested parents, the Division Heads make the final selections.

Join an Event Committee

There’s a role for everyone, and an event that’s right for you. Whether you have a few hours to share, or can take on a leadership role, our events depend upon volunteer support and the proceeds support Shipley students and programs. To learn more about the events below, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or

Shipley Shops (October)

Shops from all over the country gather together to bring a spectacular array of merchandise for early holiday shopping. Parents, alumni, and others volunteer in many different ways at The Shops and staff Shipley’s own booths.

Spring Auction (April)

The largest fundraising event of the year, Spring Auction generates funds that further enhance the Shipley educational experience. Held in Yarnall Gymnasium, the event includes silent and live auctions, food, live music, and lots of fun.

Secret Gardens (May)

This all-day tour of private gardens is held in a different area each year. The committee plans and hosts the tour, which includes a luncheon with selected vendors and Shipley’s Garden Boutique.

Golf Classic (June)

This event, held at White Manor Country Club, needs volunteers to help recruit sponsors and to assist on the course during the outing.

Offer a Testimonial

You support Shipley; tell others why you do. Whether you are a committed annual fund, capital campaign, or planned giving donor—or all three!—Shipley could use your ‘voice’ to help others follow your lead. Testimonials can be two-to-three sentences or two-three paragraphs, and they are generally featured both in print and online. To help, contact Betsy Hastings Block ’83, Associate Director of Development for Parent Engagement: 610-581-4655 or

Photograph Sporting Events

If you regularly attend and take photographs at Shipley athletic events, please share them with the School for use in publications and on the website. To help, contact Melissa Tassoni, Assistant Director of Communications: 610-581-4651 or

Promote the Arts

Members of the Fine Arts Committee work closely with Chris Wagner, Head of the Fine Arts Program, to seek out new and unique artists to exhibit their work in the Speer Gallery over the course of the school year. The annual schedule consists of seven shows, including at least one alumni show and one student show. Committee members work closely with the artists and Development Office to coordinate the logistics of each show, including installation and dismantling, artist receptions, and communication details. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or

Prepare Your Favorite Goodies

Afternoon tea by the fire is a Shipley tradition that takes place on Wednesday afternoons in the winter months for Upper School students, parents, and faculty. Parents coordinate baked goods for the Winter Teas and promote this special tradition at Shipley. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or

Share Your Love of Books

The Lower and Middle School Book Fairs are held in the spring to benefit the library. A large selection of books from the students’ summer reading lists, best-sellers, and books for the entire family are available. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or

Spread the Good Word About Shipley

Shipley Ambassadors reach out to the greater community (and potential new families) to tell the Shipley story and use word of mouth to market the School to others. To help, contact Sue Manix, Director of Marketing and Communications: 610-581-4658 or

Support and Encourage Diversity

The Multicultural Parents’ Association promotes diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School. MPA welcomes all parents and guardians of students, as well as alumni and friends of Shipley, and volunteers organize cultural and athletic events designed to bring the community together. To help, contact Chet Blair, Co-Director of Community Life: 610-525-4300, ext. 4189 or

Use Your Green Thumb

Green Thumb volunteers decorate the school entrances and supply floral and/or plant arrangements for special events. Green Thumb supports the Annual Spring Plant Sale on campus as well as the Plant and Flower Sale held during the Secret Gardens tour. Proceeds from these sales support Shipley’s award-winning student horticultural program, Shipley Sprouts. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or


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