Volunteer

DMSF relies on the assistance of volunteers on a daily basis.  From helping in the office to interviewing applicants to serving on a committee, DMSF volunteers provide thousands of hours of service to DMSF each year, helping us meet our mission of igniting potential and enriching the lives of academically qualified but economically disadvantaged students.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a myriad of opportunities to help out at DMSF, from those that take only an hour or two of one’s time to commitments that last for a Scholar’s entire high school career.

  • DMSF can always use help in the office with filing, data entry, and major mailings.
  • DMSF relies on volunteers to assist in interviewing 8th grade students who have applied for a scholarship.  Interview sessions are held between November and January, and typically last between 2 1/2 to 3 hours
  • Volunteers sit on many different DMSF committees, including the Education Committee and its sub-committees, such as the school liaison committee and the boarding school committee, as well as the Finance Committee, the Golf Committee, the Caddie Committee and the Development Committee.  Most committees meet about 4 times per year.
  • Serving as a mentor is perhaps the most time consuming, and also the most rewarding volunteer experience.  Mentors are expected to stay in touch with the Scholars with whom they are matched, and to meet either one-on-one or at mentor events planned by DMSF, on a bi-monthly basis.   DMSF seeks those who will be able to mentor a Scholar during that student’s entire high school career.

How to become a volunteer

DMSF staff members Meghann Sandak and Paul Morgan are responsible for coordinating the work of our volunteers. Contact DMSF Director of Programs, Paul Morgan, at paul@dmsf.org, or by phone at 312.455.7803, to learn how you can become a DMSF mentor or speaker. Contact DMSF Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Meghann Sandak, at meghann@dmsf.org, or by phone at 312.455.7716, to learn how you can volunteer during recruitment, reading and interviewing seasons!
Please be aware that in order to participate in the mentor program, volunteers are required to submit to a background check.