There are multiple opportunities to help support our school's community and events!  Check if your employer provides a donation to Cherrywood Home & School Association based on the number of hours that you've spent volunteering with us.   

Cherrywood Home and School Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Our non-profit tax ID# is 77-0392868.  

For volunteer hours verification, email: hsc_info@cherrywoodhsc.org

Volunteer of the Month

Cherrywood Elementary is fortunate to have a very active and involved community. Many of our volunteers silently raise their hands to support the school in many ways - from the classroom to our special community events. Each month HSC would like to acknowledge the efforts and impact our volunteers make by highlighting their work and rewarding them with a Volunteer of the Month VIP parking pass.  Read highlights of our previous Volunteers of the Month this year: Volunteer of the Month Newsletter

If you would like to nominate a parent, guardian, or community member who has made an outstanding contribution to our school, please contact the HSC volunteer coordinator at volunteer@cherrywoodhsc.org

Karen Inouye

November 2023

Karen is recognized as HSC's November Volunteer of the Month for her work over the past two years on the Fundraising, Fall Festival and Diwali committees.   Karen was recently in charge of bringing local businesses and organizations to the Fall Festival and organizing the JoJo Chinese Bookfair booth.  Karen brightens up the school with her cheerful smile and positive energy while volunteering and juggling 3 kids and a full time job. We sat down with Karen for a quick Q & A:

Q:  Tell us a little about yourself.

A:  I'm the mommy of Oliver (Zhang Grade 3), Benji (Qin, Grade 1) and Fiona. I work as a program manager at LinkedIn. You might see me at morning dropoffs on MWF with Fiona (2 years old) in tow. Dan, the husband, does the other two days. 

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer at school?

A: My kids love seeing me around campus, I also love hanging out with the other HSC moms and I love organizing fun events and activities. If I didn't have to work, I'd do this full time. 

Q: What do you love most about volunteering?

A: Phuong and the moms that make organizing this craziness fun. It's like the cool kids club. 

Q: What is a favorite memory you have of volunteering?

A:  When I volunteered to organize papers for Ms. Wei when Benji was in kindergarten. It was like being a fly on the wall and made me admire teachers so much. I also liked that Benji would look over at me every now and then and beam. 

Q: What is the most challenging part of volunteering?

A: Saying no. 

Q: What is an interesting fact about you that people may not know?

A: I was my high school prom queen. It's cuz I consolidated the band and orchestra and drama club votes, while the popular kids split their votes. I even got a sash and crown. 

Without our HSC Board and parent volunteers, we could not have accomplished so much this past school year:

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Volunteer FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

General Questions

Q: I want to know more about a certain committee, how do I find out?

A: You can email us at HSC_Secretary@cherrywoodhsc.org to find out more information at any time.

Q: When will I be assigned to my committee?

A: Be on the lookout for an email from HSC_Secretary@cherrywoodhsc.org upon completion of your application. We will notify you as early as possible.

Q: I am a new Parent Lead/Volunteer for a committee, where do I start?

A: Please make sure the prior lead/volunteer has handed off any documents or information you might need.  Contact the HSC secretary to help set up a kick-off meeting with other committee members and Principal Choy (if needed).

Q: Do I need to take on a Parent Lead position on my own?

A: Absolutely NOT! Any committee position can be shared!  Find a friend and serve together as co-leads or let us know if you would like to partner with someone and need help finding a co-leader.  You can have a team as large or small as you would like.  Many hands make for lighter work.

Q: Can I volunteer for more than one committee?

A: You can volunteer for as many committees as you are comfortable with. 

Q: I am not comfortable having to interact with a lot of people.  Are there still tasks I can do?

A: Let us know what you are comfortable with so we can work with you to meet your needs.  There are several “behind the scenes” type roles that might be PERFECT for you.

Q: What if I sign up and then something happens so I can’t do the job?

A: Just let the HSC board members know as soon as possible and we will ensure you get help.

Q: What happens if there is no Parent Lead/Volunteer for an event or program?

A: If we do not have a lead/volunteer by the deadline, we will cancel the event or program.  While this makes us all sad to think about having to cancel things, it is not sustainable for us to keep taking on more without the needed additional volunteers.

Q: Do I have to be a member of HSC to volunteer?  Do I have to volunteer if I join HSC?

A: You do not have to join HSC to volunteer, nor do you have to volunteer if you join HSC.  Becoming an HSC member will allow  you to have a voice in our activities.

Q: How do I verify my volunteer hours for my employer?

A: Check with your employer for any volunteer verification forms.  Note: There are companies that reward your volunteer hours with donation currency, which you can give to a charity of your choice.

Provide your employer with the following information

Non-profit Organization Name: Cherrywood Home and School Association

Non-profit tax ID #: 77-0392868

Address: 2550 Greengate Dr., San Jose, CA 95132

Contact Person for Verification: Nhu-y Nguyen, HSC President 

Contact Email: HSC_info@cherrywoodhsc.org

Contact Phone: (408) 923-1915

Cultural Events Committees: 

Q: What type of commitment are you expecting from parents?

A: Every cultural event available has a certain execution date.  Volunteers are needed to begin planning the event 3-4 months prior (Planning Board) and execute the event (Prep and Day-of).  Some parents may just want to be part of the planning portion, others may want to help on the day or prepare materials.  It is up to the parent to decide and communicate how they will commit their time in the committee. 

Year Round Parent Committees

Q: What type of commitment are you expecting from parents?

A: 1 school year commitment is requested of those interested in year round committees. However, we can work with you to determine any alternatives should you need any accommodation.

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