How Will You Support City Schools?

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    Before approaching the district or individual schools, it is helpful to think through the questions below to determine who you plan to help, how you plan to help them, and when you plan to do it.

    What Type of Services Will You Provide?

    Partnerships fall into one or more of the following categories: Volunteers, Donors, Sponsors, or Service Providers. See the chart below for definitions and examples.

    Type of Partnership

    How the Partner Supports the School

    Example

    Volunteer

    Giving time to support programs, projects, activities, or tasks at schools without compensation

    A retiree who serves as a teacher’s aide one day a week

     
    OR
     
    A local church sends ten of its members to volunteer at Back to School Night 

    Donor

    Contributing gifts to schools without expectation of something in return. Three types of donations: 

    • Money (e.g. cash, checks, money orders, gift cards)
    • Donated items (e.g. tangible goods, both new and used)
    • In-kind/"pro bono" services (e.g. professional services donated by vendor)

    A university donates its old computers to a school when it orders a newer model

     

    OR

     

    A law office offers free legal consultations to parents at a family night

    Sponsor

    Supporting a school’s event, activity, team, and/or club through monetary or service donations, with acknowledgement or marketing opportunities as compensation.

    A local business who provides the uniforms for an intramural team, in exchange for advertising opportunities

    Service Provider

    Administering a program for students or schools, often at a reduced price or for free because of external funding opportunities.

    A non-profit organization that runs a tutoring program which gets funding from a local foundation

    Sometimes partners are generous enough to provide multiple services at once. For example, a church that runs a mentoring program may also hold an annual winter coat drive and donate their collections to the school. 

    Which Schools Will You Work With?

     

    Type of Partnership

    Depending on the scope and location of the partner organization, the type of the partnership may be different. A local business may only want to work with the schools in its surrounding neighborhood, but a large non-profit organization may want to work with as many schools as possible across the district. Use the chart below to help you figure out which type of partnership you are seeking. 

    Types of Partnerships
     

    Grade Bands

    The type of partnership helps you decide which grade levels and age groups your organization will target. If you are hoping to provide donations to the school in your neighborhood, then the grade level may not be as important. If you are looking to provide tutoring services or an after-school program, then it is crucial to ensure that your services are age-appropriate.

    In Baltimore, many of our schools combine traditional grade bands. When researching schools, check to see if they serve grades Pre-K to 8 or 6 to 12.

    Grade Bands
     

    Special Populations

    Remember to think about special populations of students who may need differentiated supports. These include students with special needs, non-native English speakers, students who are gifted, and students who are homeless. Many local organizations specialize in these populations, but if you need additional guidance on serving these students, use the links below to contact the relevant offices at City Schools.

    Students Needing Special Education Services

    Students Needing English as a Second Language Services

    Students Needing Gifted Services

    Students Who are Homeless 

    Service Times

    If you are providing program services or hoping to volunteer, when will you offer those services? Your marketing strategy to schools will be very different if you are running an after-school or summer program than if you are hoping to help during the school day.

    • During School Day
    • After-School
    • Summer 
    The Partnerships Toolkit is a product of the Engagement Office. If you have additional questions, you can contact engagement@bcps.k12.md.us or call (443) 984-2000. You will reach the City Schools Call Center, so ask to be connected to the Engagement Office.