COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT
New Hanover County Schools could never achieve its mission without the strong support of our community partnerships, volunteers and mentors. Volunteers are our partners in education. They take an active role to support and enhance the development of our students. Every day, family and community member volunteers bring enthusiasm and skill into our schools while assisting staff, teachers and students. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with our school system. Applicants may either be designated a Level I or Level II Volunteer depending on the type of services the volunteer provides and the amount of school based supervision the volunteer works under. Volunteers should contact the school they will be volunteering to receive training. All volunteers are required to obtain volunteer training by the school site volunteer coordinator annually.
Level I: Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in a supervised setting are not required to undergo a background check if they are continually supervised by school personnel during the school day. An applicant designated a Level I Volunteer should sign in at the Volunteer Check-in Computer. No online background application is needed.
Level II: Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in an unsupervised setting away from school personnel or who travel with students on an overnight field trip are deemed Level II Volunteers. For example, an individual who volunteers to come in on a weekly basis to teach an art class afterschool in the auditorium without a school staff member present in the room. An applicant designated a Level II Volunteer must complete the online application and the criminal background check. Applications must be completed at least two weeks prior to the time you wish to begin volunteering. You may select the link below to the volunteer portal or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the school at which you are interested in volunteering.
Are you looking for a way for your business, church, or community group to contribute to the community in a meaningful way? Consider connecting your business, church, or community group with one or more of the schools in the district. NHCS enjoys exceptional partnerships with people in business, industry, and the nonprofit sector that bring excellence to our schools.
What We Do
The New Hanover County Board of Education supports partnerships between New Hanover County Schools and the community. The Board believes it is vital to engage families and community members in the life of the schools. The Board supports partnerships that enhance academic outcomes and further the district’s vision, mission, and goals; this can be found in the Board Policy 9000. Currently, NHCS has over 200 business and community partners in 44 schools.
A community partnership can range from one-time events or donations to ongoing projects.
A few examples of community partnerships include:
Businesses & Corporations
- Chick-Fil-A provides food donations, gift cards, and discounts to various schools.
- Corning provides speakers and volunteers and various schools.
- Food Lion provides food donations and partners with Nourish NC to support students.
- General Electric (GE) provides volunteers and speakers at various schools.
- Hendrick Toyota – Wilmington provides a new car to the NHCS Teacher of the Year and supports the Educator of the Year program.
- Lawyers for Literacy provides volunteers to read to and with elementary school students at various schools.
- McDonald’s provides food donations.
- Monteith Construction - Camp Schreiber, which provides tutoring and leadership building skills in males in various schools including Gregory, Williston, Trask, Hoggard, Laney and New Hanover to help build college educated leaders who have a positive impact on their community.
- Cape Fear Garden Club provides gardening activities and gardening specific donations to various schools.
- Rotary Clubs provide mentoring, volunteering, tutoring, snacks and financial donations to various schools.
- Kiwanis Club provides tutoring and volunteering at various schools.
Fraternities and Sororities
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Wilmington Alumnae Chapter, provides mentoring of girls and food donations to students and families.
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity provides food donations to students and families and support to students at several schools.
- Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Nu Sigma Chapter provides supplies and volunteers to positively greet students at the beginning of the school day.
- University of North Carolina Wilmington, provides additional educational support to teachers by allowing students to complete internships in NHCS classrooms.
- Cape Fear Community College, interacts with NHCS in a variety of ways, including their high school dual enrollment program which allows high school students to get a head-start on college credits.
- What is the difference between a Level I Volunteer and a Level II Volunteer?
- What are some examples of a Level I Volunteer?
- What are some examples of a Level II Volunteer?
- If I am attending a local field trip with my child and will not be acting as a chaperone, do I need to have a Level II clearance?
- If I am going to volunteer in a classroom with the teacher present, do I need to complete an online application?
- Can Volunteers work with confidential data?
- If I am interested in volunteering in a school as a Level II Volunteer, what do I need to do?
- Will Level I and Level II Volunteers need to check-in using the front office check-in computer?
- If I am a NHCS employee, do I have to complete an online background check application if I am considered a Level II Volunteer?
- How will I know when I have to renew my application?
- If I am approved to volunteer while my child/children attend a specific school and then we transfer to another school, do I have to go through the online process again?