East Mountain High School believes that students are successful when parents and the community are involved in the life of the school. For this reason, parents are asked to volunteer thirty (30) hours per year, to benefit EMHS. This requirement is per family, not per child, and hours can be carried over from year to year.

Some parents choose to meet the volunteer requirement by donating money or supplies to EMHS. Donations of money or supplies can be converted to hours at the rate of $10 per hour. By giving of their time, talents or treasure, parents are helping EMHS be the school their children need to succeed.

Almost anything can count as parent volunteer hours, including attending school events, attending athletic games, chaperoning field trips, carpooling, helping the EMHS Foundation, attending SPSO meetings and volunteering at Isotopes games for the Booster Club. The only things that don’t count are driving your own child to school and helping other community organizations instead of EMHS.

For more information about volunteering at EMHS and to find out how to get involved, please browse the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or email Tsmith@eastmountainhigh.net


East Mountain High School asks all families who choose to enroll their child or children at EMHS to volunteer a minimum of eight hours a month, for a total of 72 hours per year. The requirement is per family, not per child.
Anything that you do in support of East Mountain High School counts towards your volunteer requirement. Parents have recorded volunteer hours for activities such as driving a carpool, chaperoning a field trip, attending an Inquiry Project or Graduate Exhibition, attending SPSO or Governing Council meetings, helping with mailings or in the Front Office, assisting with fundraisers or events or attending any school athletic events or concerts.
You can log your parent volunteer hours online. Simply click the link and submit your hours. Also, a Family Report Card will be placed in a binder in the Front Office in alphabetical order and you can also use this to record hours. Some families keep their own records and email or send them to the school at the end of the school year. All families will receive a letter at the end of the school year thanking them for their donations and volunteer hours and alerting them if they did not achieve their goal of reaching 72 hours. This information is only as accurate as the information families report to the school, so please find a convenient way of tracking your volunteer hours. Volunteer hours can be carried over from year to year.
East Mountain High School understands that volunteering during the school day may not be convenient for all families. There are many evening and weekend opportunities to volunteer or even ways you can volunteer from home! Also, some families choose to meet the volunteer requirement by making a cash donation or a donation of supplies, equipment or services to the school. For example, if you work for a landscaping company, you could help us get donated landscaping services. If you choose to make a cash donation in lieu of volunteer hours, the value of your donation is computed at minimum wage ($8.50 per hour). Eight (8) hours a month at $8.50 per hour would be a donation of $68.00 for one month’s contribution, or $612.00 for one year’s contribution.
Driving only your own child to school doesn’t count towards the volunteer requirement. Also, volunteering you may do for other worthy organizations (Boys Scouts, Humane Society, fire department, etc.) does not count towards your requirement to benefit East Mountain High School.
Yes, any parent volunteer hours accrued in a school year over and above the 72 hour requirement will carry over to the next school year.
Please complete the Parent Involvement Questionnaire. This will give you a better idea of the kinds of volunteer opportunities available at East Mountain High School and will give the school a list of individuals available for different kinds of volunteering. Also, volunteer opportunities are posted in the monthly EMHS newsletter and will be emailed to families on an as needed basis.

Please contact Lori Webster, Development Director, with questions about volunteering. She can be reached at 281-7400 x. 168 or lwebster@eastmountainhigh.net.

Volunteer Background Check

In some volunteer roles, parents may need a completed background check. Background checks can be done through EMHS for a cost of $22.00. Please complete the packet of forms (available to download below) and submit payment. To learn more, please contact Gwen Brown at 505-281-7400 x. 114 or gbrown@eastmountainhigh.net.