RESPONSE: Time is not required as a PTA member. Your membership shows you support the work PTA does for students, teachers and our school or community. You want the best for your kids and we help to make that happen.
Parents often say, "I don't have time." But they also say:
- "I want the best for my kids – they are my priority."
"Being present helps my child to stay on track – and I want my face to be known to the principal, teachers and other kids."
- "It's fun to be with my child at school and get to know other families."
When parents say they don't have time to join PTA, what they are probably saying is that they do not want to volunteer dozens of hours each week. Therefore, it is important to separate the membership join ask from the volunteer ask. PTA needs all kinds of members. People who what to pay dues and do nothing else. All the way to people who want to run for a position on the National PTA board.
If someone says they do not want to volunteer, respect the "no time" answer but make sure you continue to communicate with these members about the impact your PTA is having on their child and school or community. Follow-up with those who have expressed interest in volunteering or leading on a committee and match their interests, skills and talents with a PTA responsibility that is meaningful and values the time they give.