The Self-Help Projects Program is managed by the Facilities Department. The Self-Help Program is responsible for coordinating the review, approval, tracking and oversight of all Self-Help Projects, either by staff or the community.
We do not accept new self-help projects between June 15 and September 15 due to the heavy workload of our Maintenance and Grounds leads during this time.
A self-help project is any project that improves our school buildings or grounds which is initiated and implemented by anyone, or any group, other than staff from Highline Facilities Services. Some examples are:
- Painting a classroom (Review our Painting Guidelines)
- Volunteer work-parties to weed and mulch landscape areas
- Community volunteers' service day
- Creating a mural
- Developing a school garden (These are only approved on a case-by-case basis)
- Landscape renovation
All Self Help projects require prior approval by Facilities Services, to ensure that each project:
- is appropriate for our buildings and grounds
- complements programs taught in our schools
- is completed to District standards
You've got a great project in mind? Wonderful! Please review and complete the following documents. We'll review your project and get back to you with Conditions of Approval.
Each request must contain a completed and signed
- Self-Help Application
- Self-Help Participant Roster
- Self-Help Tool Inventory Request Form (If applicable)
For paint projects, include the following documents:
- Who can participate?
- Do I have to turn in all the participant names with my application?
- Are we permitted to bring our own power tools and/or equipment, on the day of the event?
A “volunteer” is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a specific service or project. District employees and students are welcome to participate in Self-Help projects, with the exception of those individuals who would normally be paid for the same service/project. For example: a facilities grounds employee, cannot initiate and/or complete a landscape Self-Help project.
Yes, due to insurance requirements, if a person’s name is not on the roster that was submitted to the Self-Help Coordinator, they may not participate. It is better to list too many people, than not enough. We do not want to send your volunteers home, if they are not on the roster the Security department will be given.