This is YOUR PTO and it needs YOU!

Chief Joseph PTO is made up of volunteers. Everyone is welcome.

We are committed to equity, inclusion and community building for our students, staff and families. We value activities and systems that decrease disparities in opportunity and education within our building.

If you are a part of our school—this is your PTO! No membership required.

We love our volunteers!

We couldn't do this without you. Some examples of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Run copies of take home flyers for classroom mailboxes
  • Serve popcorn at Movie Night
  • Oversee craft table at Harvest Festival
  • Help kids pick out books at Book Fair
  • Work during pick-up day for bulb, wreath, or pie sales
  • Organize classroom projects for annual school auction
  • Help lead an event, such as Harvest Night, Wreath Sales, Movie Night, etc.
  • And many more...

To volunteer at Chief Joseph Elementary School, you need to have a current background check done through Portland Public Schools Security Services. This check is done online, and is free of charge. Background checks are good for 3 years. Click here for more information.


Currently, our 2018/19 Board is full. We turn over positions each spring. However, there are many opportunities to support PTO. Please let us know that you are interested! We would love to give you more information.

FYI, to volunteer to run for a board position, you should be able to make a good faith effort to commit to attending one board meeting a month and each General Meeting (every other month).

VOLUNTEER at Portland Council Clothing Center!

The Portland Council Clothing Center has been assisting PPS students in need since 1964.

Chief Joseph Elementary School PTO has two volunteer shifts per school year.

  • For 2019-19 school year, our dates are October 8 and February 25.
  • Each shift requires 5-6 volunteers.
  • Sign-up here: http://signup.com/go/iLszstY.

Is your student in need of pants, shirts, jackets, sleepwear or other clothing? To use the Clothing Center, obtain a "Clothing Center Referral Form" from your school office. This form is required to be able to use the Clothing Center and can be obtained by any PPS School Secretary.

Bring the form and your student to the center during business hours, Monday or Thursday school days from 10:00am -1:00pm, September through the end of April. The Center is located at the Marshall HS Campus, 3905 SE 91st Ave, Room B-60.

​Have clothing to donate? The center is always in need of clothing in good (or new) condition. Just drop it off at your school in a box or bag marked, “PTA Clothing Center” and it will soon be on its way to us. ​

Would you like to help at the Clothing Center? We welcome volunteers at the Clothing Center any day that we are open for students.

For information about volunteering contact: