How can you volunteer?

Volunteering is an important aspect of involvement at Moravian Academy. All parents, alumni, and friends of the Academy are encouraged to become active in the school community. There are many volunteer activities, especially in the Parents’ Association and Alumni Association. 

For additional information about volunteering, please contact:

Jessica McPherson
Institutional Advancement Associate
mcpherson@mamail.net 
610-332-5279
Bob Zaiser
Director of Institutional Advancement
bzaiser@mamail.net 
610-332-5291

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  • Annual Fund Cabinet

    The Annual Fund Cabinet promotes continuous engagement between parents and the Academy and assists with the solicitation of charitable gifts for the Annual Fund and the benefit of Moravian Academy. Cabinet members serve as leaders, ambassadors, and supporters for the Annual Fund, and assist with class outreach and communications.

    Please contact Susan Parent in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 
    sparent@mamail.net if you are interested in volunteering for annual giving efforts. No experience necessary!

    Chair: John DeRemer

  • Art Guild – Lower School

    The Art Guild closely assists the art teacher and provides hands-on help to students in the art room. It organizes parent volunteers to help with special class projects as needed.

    If you are interested in volunteering for the Art Guild, please contact Jess McPherson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at jmcpherson@mamail.net.

    Chair: Deb Cays
  • Moravian Academy Auction

    Our largest fundraising event relies on many volunteers to: acquire, catalog, and display items; promote sponsorship and sweepstakes sales; help with marketing and set up. Last year, $170,000 was raised.

    Co-chair: Tania Marsh
    Co-chair: Christine Mira
    Co-chair: Regina Carolan
  • Candle Dressing

    Hundreds of beeswax candles are “dressed” in special red paper trim for the traditional Christmas Vespers held in Central Moravian Church. Experience is not necessary—there are many friendly “teachers!”
  • Country Fair

    Games and crafts for kids, rides, prizes, food, farmers' markets, clothing and craft vendors, and entertainment are brought together on the Upper School’s Merle-Smith Campus at Green Pond. Parent volunteers plan this special family day and, along with students and faculty, oversee activities on the day of the Fair.

    Chair: Catherine Debbage
  • Father-Daughter Dinner Dance

    Each spring, the Upper School girls and their fathers enjoy a formal dinner dance—a Moravian tradition for more than 50 years. Volunteers take care of the arrangements, invitations, decorations, door prizes, and favors.

    Chair: Emma Reynolds
    Co-chair: Alisa Loftus
  • Global Awareness Committee

    Volunteers on the Global Awareness Committee work together to provide community events that allow our parents, staff, and students to engage in an activity that promotes global awareness. The Committee plans the annual International Festival for All Families. The festival features international cuisine, crafts, and activities, a Parade of Nations, and performances, and music. All events will expose Moravian Academy families to the unique cultural and diverse aspects of our Moravian Academy community.

    If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Karen Washington, Director of Community and Inclusion at kwashington@mamail.net.
  • Golf Outing

    Parents, alumni, and friends enjoy a day of golfing. Volunteers are needed to help obtain prizes and sponsorships, to promote attendance, and to help out on the course on the day of the event.  

    Chair: Michael Baittinger
    Co-chair: Brian Loftus
  • Grade Parents

    Volunteers help to involve parents in classroom, divisional, and all-school events. In the Lower School, volunteers assist the teachers with various classroom activities and chaperone field trips. Since parents provide such important supervision of students at these times, we ask that younger siblings do not accompany parents to these activities.

    If you are interested in becoming a grade parent for the following year, please contact Jess McPherson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at jmcpherson@mamail.net.
  • Grandparents’ Day – Gr. 9-12: ; Gr. 1-8:

    In November, grandparents visit the Upper School, Middle School, and grades one through five in the Lower School. Volunteers address invitations, work with the Office of Institutional Advancement on arrangements, wrap Lovefeast cookies, and greet and host grandparents as they arrive for this special day.  

    US Chair: Mary Mangino
  • Leadership

    The Parents’ Association is looking for mothers and fathers who are willing to serve on the Parents’ Association Board of Directors by chairing a volunteer committee and/or assuming an officer’s position. The Alumni Association is also always looking for alumni involvement.

    If you are interested in volunteering for a leadership position, please contact Jess McPherson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at jmcpherson@mamail.net.

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  • Library Guild

    Library Aides assist the school librarians throughout the year, help with book inventory, conduct book fairs, and organize the popular used book sale at Country Fair.

    If you are interested in joining the Library Guild, please contact Jess McPherson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at jmcpherson@mamail.net.

    Chair: Courtney Zemsky
  • Lovefeasts

    Volunteers address invitations and wrap Lovefeast cookies for the Reunion, Fathers’, Mothers’, and All-School Birthday Lovefeasts.  
  • Mailings

    Help is always needed for addressing, collating, folding, and sorting. This work is usually done during school hours in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 7 East Market Street.
  • Moravian Academy Parent Ambassadors/Welcome Families

    Returning parents help to welcome new parents—one-to-one—by answering or directing questions, offering ideas on how to get involved in the Academy’s many volunteer activities, and encouraging attendance at parent meetings throughout the year. An Ambassador Event is hosted by the Head of School and the Parents’ Association in late summer at the All School Picnic.
  • Moravian Academy Lion Backers – Upper School

    Volunteers help make visiting sports teams feel welcome at home games and tournaments. They also provide refreshments and snacks.
  • Mother-Son Outing

    Volunteers plan a special day for Middle School boys and their mothers. Ideas and help with the arrangements are always welcome!


  • Reunion

    In these unprecedented times, we are working with members of the Alumni Association Board on this year's Reunion. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will be having Virtual Reunion events on May 15 and then in-person Reunion activities next fall on October 22 and 23.  

    For more information on the Reunion activities, please contact Bob Zaiser, Director of Institutional Advancement at bzaiser@mamail.net
  • Social Activities for Middle School (S.A.M.S.)

    Parents enjoy each other’s company while participating in these after-school activities. To volunteer, please contact Jess McPherson in the Office of Institutional Advancement at jmcpherson@mamail.net.

    Co-chair: TBD
    Co-chair: TBD
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day

    Volunteers plan a special thank you to our teachers and staff members. Help is needed with planning, baking, set up, and clean up. Volunteer sign-ups for items will begin April 2020.

    Lower and Middle School Chair: Shelby Simmons
    Lower and Middle School Co-chair: Agnes Yang
    US Chair: TBD
    US Co-chair: TBD
  • Holiday Sale

    The Parents’ Association sponsors a sale of evergreen wreaths, holiday bows, and ornaments. Volunteers make the bows, process the orders, and distribute the items on the designated pick-up/shipping date.  

Merle Smith Campus

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