Some teachers have lots of volunteers one year, and almost none the next, depending on the availability of the parents in that particular classroom. So there are big differences from one classroom to the next. Is that a problem worth fixing?
What if there was an interactive web-based software program where community members could sign up, indicate the hours during the week when they were available to volunteer, and say what experience they have?
For instance, I volunteered this school year one hour every other week in the library, and one hour every other week in the classroom when the kids worked on math. Given my background, though, it might make more sense to have me work on math with kids every week -- and I might be willing to put in more than 1 hour, if my volunteering was all on the same day. And I would certainly be willing to volunteer in other classrooms, if I knew that my daughter's class would also have access to volunteers that best supported the teacher's needs at that time.
A web-based program that made the process of matching volunteers with classrooms easier could increase the total number of volunteer hours.
What do you think? Worth exploring, or not worth the headaches?