Community Engagement

Schools and Community "Together is Better!" 

Ashley Walker, Coordinator

Office Hours
Monday 12:00 pm-8:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am-3:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am-3:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am-3:00 pm
(Hours are subject to change)

What is Community Engagement?
Community Engagement is a belief that learning is a lifelong process, that citizens have a right and a responsibility to be involved in decisions that affect their communities, that school facilities should be used as a learning center for all community members, that interagency cooperation and coordination avoids costly duplication of services, and that everyone should be involved in the education of the entire community. 

The Gloucester Department of Community Engagement provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the community and schools. Listed below are some of the many services your Community Engagement Coordinator provides:
  • Oversees the school’s volunteer programs 
  • Publishes the school's newsletter 
  • Coordinates media coverage for special events 
  • Facilitates the use of community resources through classroom speakers, outreaches and study trips 
  • Provides enrichment and enhancement opportunities for students 
  • Attends community involvement meetings 
  • Coordinates and/or assists with major school events 
  • Serves as a liaison on the PTA Executive Board
  • Helps plan and facilitate "Celebrate Families"
  • Assists with emergency and hurricane information
  • Coordinates, schedules, and supervises use of school building on Tues. & Thurs. evenings for community use 
Studies have shown that children do better in school when their parents and community members are involved; active family and community involvement plays a vital role in student success. It’s a win for all since volunteers gain valuable experience and personal contacts, make new friends, develop new skills while enriching the lives of our Abingdon students. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to form a community that reflects characteristics important to us all: dedicated teachers, curious students and supportive and involved families.

Anyone can be a volunteer: parents, grandparents and other family members; retirees; business and professional people, and college, high and middle school students. All it takes is a genuine interest in helping children.

We do require that all potential volunteers have a criminal history background check and attend a volunteer orientation, which can be scheduled with the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Click here for Volunteer Information Form
Click here for Department of Social Services Background Check Form
Click here for Instructions

Please contact Ashley Walker or call (804) 693-1419
Full Service School Program
The Full Service School program helps families be successful. Through a collaborative partnership with the county's seven human service agencies and community organizations, Family  Assistance Teams are formed to help individual families overcome obstacles that keep them from reaching their goals. Program partners are:
  • Bethel Baptist Church
  • Bellamy United Methodist Church
  • Dragon Run Ruritan Club
  • Gloucester Community Education
  • Gloucester County Public Schools
  • Gloucester Department of Social Services
  • Gloucester Health Department
  • Gloucester Sheriff's Office
  • Ninth District Court Services
  • Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Counseling Center
Any family with a child attending Botetourt is eligible to participate.