Get Involved!

City Neighbors Hamilton is structured as a family-school cooperative. Family participation is central to the success of our program. By participating fully in our family-school cooperative, you can take satisfaction in the knowledge that you are an integral part of the success of City Neighbors Hamilton.

Ways to fulfill your volunteer commitment:

  • Each CNH parent is asked to contribute 40 hours per school year AND to join at least one school committee (see below).
  • Committees generally meet in the evenings at the school, but a meeting offsite may be convened by the Chair.
  • Meeting times and dates will be announced in the Salmon Pages during the school year or by the Chair to his/her specific committee.
  • Attending committee meetings earns volunteer hours.
  • Attending school events earns volunteer hours.
  • Field trip chaperones, open house tour guides, classroom parents, workday volunteers--all of these tasks--and more--are needed routinely.  Keep an eye out in for volunteer requests in the Salmon Pages and in individual classroom communications.  We need you and your time, talent, and skills to make CNH vibrant and unique--just like our community!

Tracking your volunteer hours:

It is your responsbility to fulfill, track, and submit your volunteer hours.  The Accountability Chair will provide an update on your progress every trimester.  Click here to log your volunteer hours.


Advocacy Committee

Chair: Monica Haines Benkhedda,

This committee advocates on behalf of City Neighbor Hamilton, charter schools, and the Baltimore City Public School System.  This committee will coordinate efforts with the Advocacy Committee of our network schools, City Neighbors Charter School and City Neighbors High School.  We believe in taking a stand for all children.  Come help us impact Annapolis, City Council, and City Schools on behalf of the children of Baltimore.

Facility Committee

Chair:  Leo Guevara,

This committee assists and supports the Principal, Building Manager, and faculty, in creating a well-maintained learning environment for students and staff.  Students are encouraged to participate and their volunteer hours count toward your family’s hours.  This committee saves the school thousands of dollars through its efforts. 

Communications Committee

Chair:  Lynette Svoboda,

This committee is responsible for keeping the minutes of City Neighbors Hamilton, the archives, the website, and general communications. 

Community Relations Committee

Chair:  Erika Coughlin,

This committee works to build and strengthen our relationships with both the outside community and the internal school community through social events and outreach.  City Neighbors is part of the strength of Northeast Baltimore, and we are committed to making a difference in the Neighborhood.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Chair: Jellema Stewart,

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee seeks out resources and venues to facilitate meaningful interactions that explicitly grapple with diversity in our school, community and world, and allow opportunities for individuals to connect and grow with all fellow CNH community members.  Our job is to proactively promote, support, and celebrate our wonderful diversity at City Neighbors.

Fundraising Committee

Chair:  Liz Spann,

This committee is tasked to raise funds to meet the school's commitment to provide a rich program for our students.  Money raised by this committee is used for many of the programs that make CNH so inspirational to our students and teachers:  field trips—local and nationwide—, technology equipment and support, teaching supplies, athletics, and many other enrichment activities, as well as teacher professional development.  This committee creates, promotes, distributes, and sets up sales at various fundraising activities at the school, as well as neighborhood and city-wide festivals and events.

Parent and Family Relations Committee

Chair:  Maryhelen Pflug,

The Parent and Family Relations Committee (formerly the OPG) is an important hub of communication!  Classroom Representatives are automatically part of this committee, but all CNH parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.  This committee works in partnership with the Principal and faculty to host events such as family educational workshops regarding our curriculum.  We also assist other committees and participate in school functions, such as the Winter Creative Arts Festival and Spring Gallery Night. 






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