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 have several positions open for the 2021-2022 school year. Be a part of the PTO Board and make a difference this year for the Chief Joseph Community. Elections will be held at our first general meeting.


  • Ensure the PTO is conducting its work based on the values of inclusion and equity

  • Coordinate and plan the work of all officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served.

  • Ensure the PTO is current and in good standing in accordance to the law, nonprofit standards, and insurance needs

  • Plan and preside over the meetings of the organization and board

  • Primary contact for the principal, represent the organization (or appoint a representative) at meetings outside the organization

  • Develop positive and beneficial relationships in the school community

  • Serve as an ex officio of all committees except the nominating/election committee

  • Designated as a cosigner of PTO checks


  • Preside over meetings of the organization and board in the absence of the president

  • Assist the president with organizational work and meeting planning

  • Recruit members to serve on committees

  • Collaborate with board and members on events/community building activities

  • Assist the fundraising coordinator

  • In the event of a vacancy in the position of president the vice president shall become president


  • Work with the board and school to identify volunteer opportunities

  • Coordinate recruitment/outreach/marketing/organization of volunteer opportunities in a community minded and inclusive manner

  • Coordinate volunteers during large events


  • Manages all communications for events and special projects, including but not limited to, social media posts, take home flyers, signage, posters, weekly family bulletin, and PTO print collateral, such as welcome packet, meeting sign-in sheets, connect cards, etc.

  • Updates PTO website and calendar as needed (easy Google site!)

  • Organizes assets and files on Google docs


  • Support the treasurer’s work,

  • Learn the financial/record keeping/compliance processes

  • Ensure seamless transition between fiscal years

  • Prepare to take over duties of treasurer the next board term.

  • Designated as a cosigner of PTO checks.

We love our volunteers!

Check out our SignUps sheet to learn more about how you can get involved.

Make sure your background check is current.

  • All volunteers much have a current Portland Public Schools background check.

  • They expire after three years so ensure yours is up to date.

  • They are free, Click here for more information.

Questions? Email our volunteer coordinator

  • 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 2019-20 school year, our dates are October 7 and February 24.

  • Each shift requires 5-6 volunteers.

  • Sign-up here: (link to come, email volunteer@chiefjosephschool.org)

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: