VIPS (Volunteers in Schools)We love having volunteers in our school!
VIPS recruits thousands of parents and community partners to donate their time, resources, and knowledge in support of the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Volunteers contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, career education, enrichment programs, extracurricular and community service activities, and office and classroom assistance. After registering online and undergoing the annual background check, volunteers can work in any HISD school for the school year. All schools can track volunteer hours donated to the school district by establishing an online VIPS account.
HOW CAN I BECOME A VIPS?
All volunteers must register online. All volunteers must pass an annual criminal background check
before they can participate as a volunteer. Please follow the steps below to become a VIPS:
Register online and complete the entire Online Application in Raptor Volunteer
Management System and submit your application.
Step 2: Once your application is completed, you will see Pending Review on the screen. Step 3: An email regarding your approved status will be sent to your email address within 2-3 weeks. If you do not receive an email, please follow-up with your designated school's VIPS Coordinator. Step 4: The criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete.Once you are APPROVED, you are eligible to volunteer in any HISD school(s) forthe current school year. Our students benefit when we all volunteer!
What types of photo identification are accepted?
- Texas Driver’s License • Driver’s License (any state in the U.S.)
- Official Passport • Texas Identification Card
- Official U. S. Military ID • Driver’s License (any state in the U.S.)
- Matricula Consular • Identification Card (any state in the U.S.)
- Resident Alien Card
HOW CAN I REQUEST AN APPEAL?
Any parent, grandparent, or guardian who is a registered volunteer and whose criminal history
background check reveals a violation of HISD policy may appeal the criminal history restrictions
precluding their service as a volunteer through a process of review by the Human Resources
Department. The VIPS Appeal Form can be accessed at HoustonISD.org/Page/140835.