VOWS FAQs

Who are VOWS?
 
Volunteers in Warwick Public Schools are also called VOWS. They may be: 
  • Parents 
  • Grandparents 
  • Retired Persons 
  • College Students 
  • High School Students 
  • Business People 
  • Community Leaders 
  • Interested Citizens, etc. 
All volunteers agree to be of service to the students in our schools by adhering to the VOWS structure that has been carefully developed and revised over our thirty-three years of operation. Our volunteers donate their time and skills to help our students and teachers and they perform their volunteer services with the expectation of professional conduct. 

Are there Guidelines for VOWS? 
If you accept an assignment with VOWS, you will be expected to: 
  • Keep all information confidential; 
  • Be reliable; 
  • Notify the school if you can’t keep an 
    appointment; 
Be unobtrusive; 
Discuss all concerns with your VOWS Coordinator. 

Establish a good rapport with the teacher: 
Be prompt for your assignment; 
If you do not understand the assignment, ask the teacher for clarification; 
Respect the teacher’s position as 
classroom leader; 
Do not use the Teachers’ Room; 
Remember, VOWS are here to tutor, not to teach. 

Please observe proper building etiquette: 
  • Always sign in and out at the school office on the VOWS Sign-In Sheet; 
  • Always wear your VOWS button while in the school or on a field trip; 
  • Once your assignment is completed, please leave the school promptly; 
  • Restrict your activities to the duties assigned; 
  • Do NOT use the school telephone for personal calls; 
  • Do NOT answer the school 
    telephone, even if there is no one in the office; 
  • Do NOT use any school equipment for personal business. 
What do VOWS do? 
VOWS may help in the following ways: 
  • Preschool & Kindergarten developmental screening; 
  • Tutoring – one on one or in small groups; 
  • Copying and preparation of teacher requested classroom materials at the Pilgrim High School Ed Tech/AV Center; 
  • Library/Media Assistance; 
  • Computer Assistance; 
  • Math help; 
  • Reading help; 
  • Kindergarten registrationassistance; 
  • Participate in the Heads Up Program; 
  • Be a Kids on the Block Puppeteer
How does VOWS work? 
VOWS recruits, coordinates and in specific instances trains volunteers for Teacher-requested and Teacher supervised activities within every elementary school and some secondary schools. It operates during school hours from September through June, with some special “family” events on holidays or evenings. All volunteers are approved by and accountable to the school Principal and the VOWS Executive Director.


What is a VOWS Coordinator? 
Each school building has a volunteer who serves as a Coordinator of Volunteer 
Services for that school. The Coordinator is recruited, trained and supervised by the Executive Director of VOWS. This person serves as a liaison between the volunteers and the school, and works closely with the building Principal on all volunteer assignments. The Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining and reporting the records of all volunteer activities within the school. The VOWS Coordinator is responsible for keeping all assignments in the strictest confidence.