District Volunteer Application

Welcome to Volunteer In Public Schools (VIPS)! Thank you for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools.

To efficiently serve our community, we are asking all volunteers to register no more than two weeks prior to their scheduled event. The background check takes 3-5 business days to be processed. You will receive an automated response from donreply@raptortech.com. Thanks for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools.

VIPS recruits thousands of parents and community partners to donate their time and knowledge in support of the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Volunteers contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, career education, enrichment programs, extracurricular and community service activities and office and classroom assistance.

All volunteers are required to complete the VIPS Online Orientation (CLICK HERE) prior to applying to become a volunteer and agreeing to the annual background check.  Once approved volunteers may volunteer in any HISD school for the current school year.

It is very important that the information you enter on the application matches your government issued identification card including your full legal name. If you have a middle name please include it on the application. This information will be used to process the required annual background check. (See lists below of acceptable forms of ID). Your background check will be processed within 3-5 business days. It is important that you provide a valid email address so you can be notified as to the status of your application and for future communication. An email address is required in order to complete the application process.

Please Note: If you are planning to volunteer in Read Houston Read, Real Men Read or Reading Roundup, please be sure to choose the program on your application under “Organizations”

The acceptable forms of ID for the BGC are:

  • Texas Driver’s License            
  • Driver’s License (issued by any state in the U.S.)
  • Texas Identification Card
  • Identification Card (issued by any state in the U.S.)
  • Official U. S. Military ID                         
  • Official Passport                       
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Matricula Consular Card

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the VIPS Coordinator at your child's school. If you need further assistance, you may send an email to vips@houstonisd.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools.

VIPS Program Administrator

Personal Information

Personal Information

I don't have a middle name
Phone number is required
Please note: An email will be sent to the email address entered to inform you of the status of your application.
School Preferences

Please select the schools at which you wish to volunteer


Please select the functions from the list below. (select all that apply)


Please select the organization(s) on behalf of which you are volunteering (if not applicable, select "None")


Please read the disclaimer below and provide your signature

Thank You for completing the Volunteer In Public Schools (VIPS) Online Volunteer Orientation. Please answer the following questions on the VIPS Disclaimer below and provide your signature. By providing your signature, you are agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations of the Houston Independent School District Volunteer In Public Schools program.

  • I agree that all the personal information provided is accurate and true.
  • I have completed the VIPS Volunteer Orientation Training. (click HERE)
  • I agree to undergo a criminal background check.
  • I agree to the Code of Ethics (click HERE).
  • I agree to the Code of Civility and Code of Civility Pledge (click HERE).
  • I agree to the Confidentiality Statements (click HERE).
  • I agree to the VIPS Volunteer Handbook (click HERE)

By signing your name you agree to all the above statements. Use the mouse or touch screen to sign.

Thank You

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in HISD schools. Your commitment to lend a helping hand will support the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Please make sure you have completed the VIPS Volunteer Orientation Training (click HERE).

The background check will take 3-5 business days to process. Please follow up with the VIPS Coordinator at your child’s school for a status update regarding your background check.

Once your BGC is processed, if approved, you will receive an email.

If you do not receive an email within 3-5 business days regarding your background check, please follow up with your schools VIPS Coordinator for a status update.

HISD Volunteer In Public Schools Department