Volunteer Connection


  • Community stakeholders, parents, and students play an integral part in the educational development of our students and are vital to the success of our schools. 

    If you would like to contribute your valuable time and skills to support our students and teachers, please consider volunteering by completing a FREE confidential volunteer application via RAPTOR Technologies, which provides Level I clearance to volunteers for the 2021/22 school year.



    After completing the confidential application, you will receive an email from donotreply@raptortech.com. The email will confirm the application was received, and it is currently under review.  If approved, you will receive an email titled "Volunteer Approval Application." Once approved, all volunteers must contact the school of their choice to inquire if they have volunteer opportunities available. If denied, you will receive an email titled “Volunteer Application Denied.”

    Level 1 clearance, is required for all volunteers interacting with students in a supervised environment, such as classrooms, cafeteria, media center, daytime field trips, etc.

    Level 2 clearance, is required for all volunteers who will be interacting with students in an unsupervised environment, such as overnight field trips, one-to-one mentoring, tutoring, overnight competitions, etc.  Instructions to obtain Level 2 clearance, may be obtained by emailing gambinod@manateeschools.net.  (Please note: Application fees are paid by the volunteer, and results are monitored by the district for a period of 5 years).

    All volunteers must read the 2021/22 Volunteer Connection Information Guide - CLICK HERE.

    Contact Deborah Perry-Gambino, Community Engagement Specialist gambinod@manateeschools.net, for more information. 

    Volunteers may also consider volunteering with one of the district's community partners:

    Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County

    Books For Kids with the Lakewood Ranch Rotary

    Dive into Reading

    Reading PALS with ELC Coalition of Manatee County

    Soar in 4

    Click Here for more information

    NOTE:  The School District of Manatee County values student safety and security, therefore, prior conduct may disqualify a volunteer applicant the privilege to volunteer.  To meet the required search criteria of Section 943.04351, Florida Statutes we must conduct a search against your registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders through the Dru Sjodin National Sexual Offender Public Website. 

    Accordingly, applicants will not be approved as school volunteers for the following reasons:

    • Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any felony offense, at any time;  
    • Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any misdemeanor within the past three (3) years;
    • or Any pending criminal charges of a crime that would disqualify the applicant from employment with the School District of Manatee County.

    The School District of Manatee County is subject to laws governing the release of public records, including Florida Statutes Chapter 119.

    Updated October 6, 2021