COURAGE FOR THE DEED;
GRACE FOR THE DOING
The Shipley community has a wide range of ways for parents, local alumni, and non-local alumni to share their skills and ideas.

For Parents

List of 10 items.

  • 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 mkeyser@shipleyschool.org.
  • 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 mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

    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.

    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.

    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 bblock@shipleyschool.org.
  • 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 Laura Oeschger, Assistant Director of Communications: loeschger@shipleyschool.org.
  • Promote the Arts

    The Fine Arts Committee supports the visual arts program at Shipley by identifying and scheduling artists to exhibit in the Speer Gallery. The Committee selects artists with a goal of providing a balanced selection of professional work. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.
  • 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 ormfairfield@shipleyschool.org.
  • 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 smanix@shipleyschool.org.
  • 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 cblair@shipleyschool.org.
  • Greening of the School

    Greening of the School volunteers gather annually to create holiday decorations for the School. This gathering is a perfect opportunity to learn how to make bows, wreaths, and arrangements for the holiday season. Help create the holiday cheer by bringing greens and vases from home. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

For Local and Non-Local Alumni

List of 7 items.

  • Encourage Alumni Giving

    Shipley depends on the philanthropic gifts of alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, friends, and others. Each year, Shipley sends solicitations asking for support from the alumni community. With an alumni body of more than 4,500, your help would be greatly appreciated. You can volunteer to encourage alumni to give, share your story about why supporting Shipley is important to you, call fellow donors to say "thank you", or sign a solicitation letter to add a personal touch. Whether you have thirty minutes to spare or several hours, your help will make a difference! To volunteer, contact Jennifer Murphy Devine ′98, Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 610-581-4656 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org.
  • Host an Alumni Reception

    Do you own a restaurant, event venue, or love hosting people in your home? Become an Event Host for the Shipley alumni community! The Shipley Alumni Office hosts events for alumni throughout the country and we are  always looking for alumni who want to be involved and can offer a venue. To help, contact Jennifer Murphy Devine ′98, Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 610-581-4656 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org.
  • Sponsor an Alumni Event

    Are you willing to host an event, but aren't sure you are ready for the time commitment? This opportunity will combine the best of both worlds! As the sponsor, you will choose the location (in your home, your favorite restaurant, bar, or event location) and help pay for the event, but the Alumni Office will take care of all of the details. If interested in sponsoring an event, please contact Jennifer Murphy Devine '98, Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 610-581-4656 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org.
  • Alumni Mentoring

    The Shipley alumni community is comprised of people from all age ranges and in all stages of their college and career paths. Many of our more established alumni have a wealth of knowledge and experience that could benefit those Shipley alumni who are just starting on their career path or considering a change in profession. If you are interested in connecting with a college student or young professional and sharing your knowledge, please consider becoming a mentor. If interested, please contact Lauren Roberts, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 484-380-4743 or lroberts@shipleyschool.org.
  • Engage with Students

    There are a variety of opportunities to work with students in a classroom setting. Are you passionate about your career and want to share your knowledge? Do you have a special skill or area of knowledge that you think would help Shipley students develop a love of learning or compassionate participation in the world? Are you willing to share your journey from Shipley student to a member of the Shipley alumni community? Shipley students love to hear and benefit from your real-world perspective in an area they love learning about and/or may be considering as a career. To volunteer, contact Lauren Roberts, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 484-380-4743 or lroberts@shipleyschool.org.
  • Alumni Data

    At Shipley, we strive to have the most up-to-date data on our entire alumni community. In order for alumni to contact each other, plan a get together, and/or network, our alumni and professional databases must be current. As a Shipley alumna/us you are connected to your classmates in ways that can help keep our directories current. Alumni data volunteers can work from anywhere in the world to help update the Shipley database. Encourage other alumni to update Shipley when they move, change jobs, get married, or have children. Contact us when you become aware of alumni news. The gathering of current email addresses is especially critical so that alumni are able to receive event invitations, reunion news, Alumni e-news, and more. To volunteer, contact Nina Testa, Alumni Coordinator: 610-525-4544 or ntesta@shipleyschool.org.
  • Provide Goods or Services

    Shipley's Spring Auction is the largest fundraising event of the year - with both a live and silent auction as part of the evening. Donate experiences, services, or goods to be sold to the highest bidder! To help, contact Melissa Fairfield Grossi, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

For Local Alumni

List of 3 items.

  • Host your Alumni Weekend Class Party

    Do you live locally and want to host your class for Alumni Weekend? Become a Reunion Party Host for your class! Each year, fifteen reunion classes celebrate their milestone reunion with a special party on the Saturday of Alumni Weekend. The Shipley Alumni Office is always looking for alumni who want to be involved and can offer their homes or another venue to help their class celebrate. To volunteer, contact Jennifer Murphy Devine ′98, Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 610-581-4656 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org.
  • Join the Alumni Council

    The Alumni Council supports Shipley by engaging and cultivating Alumni to create a vibrant, involved alumni community that is emotionally and financially invested in the School’s success. Council Members serve as well-informed, enthusiastic ambassadors of Shipley to Alumni and the community at large and serve in a number of volunteer roles. If interested in being considered for nomination to the Alumni Council, contact Jennifer Murphy Devine ′98, Director of Alumni Programs and Giving: 610-581-4656 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org
  • 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 mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

    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.
    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.
    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.