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    District Volunteer Application



    Welcome to Volunteer In Public Schools (VIPS)! Thank you for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools.  The VIPS  application  is done annually and you will have to reapply starting on a set date by the VIPS administrator in August. August is the start of the new academic school year and runs till the end of July for VIPS.

    To efficiently serve our community, we are asking all volunteers to register no more than two weeks prior to their scheduled event. The background check takes 3-5 business days to be processed. You will receive an automated response from donreply@raptortech.com. Thanks for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools.

    VIPS recruits thousands of parents and community partners to donate their time 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.

    All volunteers are required to complete the VIPS Volunteer Orientation (CLICK HERE) prior to applying to become a volunteer and agreeing to the annual background check.  Once approved volunteer may volunteer in any HISD schools for the current school year.


    It is very important that the information you enter on the application matches your government issued identification card including your full legal name. If you have a middle name please include it on the application. This information will be used to process the required annual background check. (See lists below of acceptable forms of ID). Your background check will be processed within 3-5 business days. It is important that you provide a valid email address so you can be notified as to the status of your application and for future communication. An email address is required in order to complete the application process.

    Please Note: If you are planning to volunteer in Read Houston Read, Real Men Read or Reading Roundup, please be sure to choose the program on your application under “Organizations”

    The acceptable forms of ID for the BGC are:

    • Texas Driver’s License            
    • Driver’s License (issued by any state in the U.S.)
    • Texas Identification Card
    • Identification Card (issued by any state in the U.S.)
    • Official U. S. Military ID                         
    • Official Passport                       
    • Resident Alien Card
    • Matricula Consular Card

    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the VIPS Coordinator at your child's school. If you need further assistance, you may send an email to vips@houstonisd.org.

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools.

    VIPS Program Administrator

    Personal Information

    Personal Information

    I don't have a middle name
    Phone number is required
    Please note: An email will be sent to the email address entered to inform you of the status of your application.
    School Preferences

    Please select the schools at which you wish to volunteer


    Please select the functions from the list below. (select all that apply)


    Please select the organization(s) on behalf of which you are volunteering (if not applicable, select "None")


    Please read the disclaimer below and provide your signature


    I agree that all the personal information provided is accurate and true.

    • Hold Harmless Agreement: As a volunteer for Houston Independent School District, I do hereby assume all risk of injury or death & medical expense incurred from any injury or death resulting from my volunteer participation, including but not limited to illness, injury or death arising from exposure to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  I understand, acknowledge & agree I am not covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance or benefits provided thereunder & I do hereby release, discharge & hold harmless Houston Independent School District, its board members, representatives, and employees, from any & all claims whatsoever, known, or unknown, for damages or injuries to myself, including but not limited to claims arising from exposure to COVID-19.
    • I agree to undergo a criminal background check.
    • I have completed the VIPS Volunteer Orientation Training. (click HERE)
    • I agree to the VIPS Volunteer Handbook (click HERE)
    • I agree to the Code of Ethics on Page 11 of the Volunteer Orientation Training (click HERE)
    • I agree to the Code of Civility and Code of Civility Pledge on Page 12 of the VIPS Volunteer Orientation Handbook (click HERE)
    • I agree to the Confidentiality Statements on Page 13 of the VIPS Volunteer Orientation Handbook (click HERE)


    By signing your name you agree to all the above statements. Use the mouse or touch screen to sign.

    Thank You

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools. Your commitment to lend a helping hand will support the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Please make sure you have completed the VIPS Volunteer Orientation Training (click HERE)


    The background check will take 3-5 business days to process. Please follow up with the VIPS Coordinator at your child’s school for a status update regarding your background check.

    Once your BGC is processed, if approved, you will receive an email.

    If you do not receive an email within 3-5 business days regarding your background check, please follow up with your schools VIPS Coordinator for a status update.

    HISD Volunteer In Public Schools Department





    As per HISD GKG1 Policy, all HISD schools are required to use the VIPS/RAPTOR Volunteer Management system to track volunteers who are regularly providing services for, or on behalf of, HISD. Being a volunteer may require you to volunteer for a single trip or event, on the premises of District property or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.  

    You will be required to register online each school year in VIPS/RAPTOR online application and agree to the annual background check. All volunteers must pass an annual criminal background check before volunteering at any HISD school. HISD reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse and/or restrict an individual’s access as an HISD volunteer based on an individual’s criminal history, in accordance with applicable law and HISD policy, including HISD Policy GKG.


    • Complete the online volunteer orientation and review all necessary acknowledgments (Receipt of handbook, Code of Civility, and Code of Ethics and Confidentiality Statement). 
    •  Complete the VIPS Volunteer Application in Raptor 6 and agree to the Annual Background Check. You will be able to select the school(s) where you wish to volunteer and identify activities that you would like to participate in at the campus.
    • Once your application is completed you will receive a confirmation of receipt email from donotreply@raptortech.com.  Your background will be processed within 3-5 business days.
    • Once you are APPROVED you will receive an approval email from donotreply@raptortech.com email regarding your approved status. You will have the option to create your own personal Raptor Portal Volunteer Account to be able to track your volunteer hours.
    • You are all set to volunteer in any HISD school for the current school year. Enjoy knowing your investment of time and interest is making a difference for students!