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Volunteer

Volunteers make RE stronger

Each year more than 500 Ransom Everglades parents, alumni and friends support the school by volunteering their time and talents. Whether serving in a formal volunteer role or as an occasional contributor, parents and graduates play an important part in our community. They are RE’s ambassadors, stewards, fundraisers, friends and cheerleaders. 
 
We are grateful for the unparalleled sense of community at RE, and the enthusiastic support of its families and alumni. From new parents to our most devoted graduates, all elevate the life of the school through the Ransom Everglades’ Parents Association, the RE Alumni Board, The Fund for Ransom Everglades and Parents of Alumni (PALs). Thanks to a strong tradition of service and support, Ransom Everglades continues to evolve and grow. 
 
Below are some of the many ways you can join:

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  • RE Parents’ Association (REPA)

    Current parents and  parents of alumni are involved in almost every aspect of life at Ransom Everglades. RE Parents’ Association (REPA) offers volunteer opportunities for every interest and degree of availability among our parent body.

    If you’re new to Ransom Everglades or have never been involved with REPA before, please consider volunteering. Ask any member: REPA is fun with a purpose and the next best thing to being a student here. Here are some of the committee/program volunteer opportunities:

    • All sports boosters
    • Auction
    • Book clubs
    • Breakfast-by-the-Bay
    • Bylaws
    • Faculty and staff appreciation luncheon
    • Faculty friends
    • Fine arts council
    • Holiday open house
    • Hospitality
    • Library
    • Middle school picnic
    • Multicultural day
    • New parent breakfasts/socials
    • Parent ambassadors
    • Parent network
    • Senior send-off
    • This Week @ RE
    To learn more, please contact REPA via email or fill out this form.
  • Alumni

    Alumni have a special and personal connection to the school. They also serve as admission ambassadors, encouraging promising students to consider our school; as reunion volunteers and attendees at local and regional events, bridging the past to the present; and their regular investment in The Fund for RE ensures that today’s students have the finest educational experience possible. Whether an alumnus/a of Everglades, Ransom or Ransom Everglades, when our alumni return as current parents and grandparents, they bring a rich history and a new perspective to their association with Ransom Everglades.

    We provide many opportunities to remain active with the school and stay connected to our community:

    • Attend/organize local and regional events.
    • Participate in mentorship programs, college mock interviews, or host an intern.
    • Serve as a class agent.
    • Assist with class reunions.
    • Volunteer for one of our special events, such as Ransom Everglades Epic Fishing (REEF) Tournament, the annual Holiday Party, mock interviews, the RE Business Plan Challenge and Alumni Weekend.
    • Participate in our community service projects through the REACH Too Program (Ransom Everglades Alumni Can Help Too).
    • Support RE by giving to The Fund for RE.
    To learn more, please contact Director of Alumni Engagement Vicki Carbonell Williamson ’88 via email or visit this page.
  • The Fund for RE

    Volunteer solicitors will directly impact Ransom Everglades by helping to raise annual funds that sustain the school’s growth, support its mission and provide the flexibility to respond to immediate and sometimes urgent financial needs. 

    Each year, with the support of the advancement staff, more than 250 volunteers serve as front-line fundraisers and reach out to their fellow parents and alumni. The primary goals are to increase the number of individuals supporting the school and raise approximately $3 million per year for The Fund for RE.
    • Parents – Parents of current RE students contact other parents, helping them to connect to the school and asking them to consider gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. Parent volunteers are organized by grade teams with Parent Grade Chairs, who lead each team.
    • Alumni – Alumni of all class years reach out to their fellow alumni as class agents. They keep classmates connected to the school and encourage their support by making a gift to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. In their reunion year, Reunion Giving volunteers help raise funds from their classmates to celebrate their time together at Ransom Everglades in honor of their alma mater.
    • Leadership giving – Parent and alumni volunteers also help cultivate and solicit leadership donors to The Fund with gifts of $5,000 or more as part of the 1903 Society. 
    To learn more, please contact Director of The Fund for RE Melissa Bonafonte via email or visit this page.
  • Parents of Alumni (PALS)

    Parents of Alumni provides opportunities to remain an active part of the Ransom Everglades community.

    Is your child in college but you still want to be part of the Ransom Everglades community? Did your child graduate years ago and you miss the camaraderie of the parents you met through RE?

    Then, join PALS. We meet to continue our friendships, discuss parenting issues, make care packages for our children, attend the REPALS Book Club, keep informed through RE-sponsored lectures, and partake in other fun events. Contact REPA if you would like to be notified of upcoming PALS events.
     
    Contact Abby Zanarini, Vice President - PALS, with suggestions for an event, questions about an upcoming event, or to host an event.

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  • What volunteer opportunity will make the biggest impact? How do I choose?

    Volunteering your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a school, especially here! We know that everyone has limited time and unlimited demands, so we recommend that you choose the opportunity – whether it is assisting with The Fund for RE, the REPA auction, REPA book clubs or other REPA events – that is most aligned with your interests and skillset. RE parents are an extremely talented group, and we hope you will share those talents with us!

Javier Lugo P’22 ’24

“I started volunteering when my daughter started at the middle school, several years ago, and have enjoyed helping in every event since then … volunteering introduced me to other parents and provided me the opportunity to learn from their experiences.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.