VMAPA Volunteers

Parents, please review the activities listed below where volunteers are needed.  There are many positions available for all Villa Maria Parents. Your involvement is the force behind the success of our social, service and fundraising events scheduled throughout the year. Please submit your volunteer form to insure that our event chairs have the needed volunteer power to run a successful event. We thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide this coming school year. Please contact Michele McHugh, VMAPA Volunteer Coordinator with any questions at mcqmom@comcast.net.

General Volunteering Opportunities

2019-2020 Villa Maria Academy Parent Association (VMAPA) Activities and Events


New Parent Welcome

Tuesday, August 27, 5:45 pm

This event kicks off our school year. All new parents are invited to a light reception and information session held at VMA. New parents get to meet and mingle with the parents of their daughter’s classmates. A formal invitation will be sent out with an agenda for the evening.

Registration online is required and attendance is expected. (Free Event)

Upper class parent volunteers needed.

Contact: Mary Reagan at mlogan@gmail.com

Back to School Social

Sunday, September 8, 10:00 am Mass followed by a breakfast reception, informational sessions and classroom visits.

Welcome back to school parents! This is your opportunity to walk in your daughters’ shoes, meet teachers, visit classrooms and learn about the VMA curriculum. This year’s event will start with Mass in the auditorium, followed by a breakfast reception on the lawn. Meet new friends and catch up with old. Faculty and staff will be there to mingle with parents.

Registration online is required and attendance is expected an adult only event. (Free Event)

Volunteers needed.
Contact: Millie Slifer at
mill601@verizon.net or Maria Yacovelli at maria2746@gmail.com

Homecoming 2019

Saturday, October 12

A reunion for the entire Villa family–students, alumnae, parents and past parents! The day’s events begin with sporting events–field hockey, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Enjoy a barbecue and beer garden (21 and older), and music provided by “The Three Sheets”. Games and fun filled activities will be provided for all the kids.

Registration online is required. (Sponsored Event, tickets sold for beer garden)

Volunteers needed to help decorate the campus the week prior to the event, setup, take down, and parking.
Contact: Diane Zwaan at

Decorating contact: Maria Yacovelli at maria2746@aol.com

Grandparent Day (Freshman Grandparents Only)

Wednesday, October 16, 12:15 pm

All freshman grandparents are invited to campus for a prayer service, light lunch, musical entertainment from our music department and a tour of the campus with their granddaughters. It is a fun day to welcome our grandparents to the Villa campus and the Villa family. Our students take pride in showing their grandparents around campus!

Registration online is required. (Free Event)
Register Grandparents to receive invitations at https://www.vmahs.org/parents/grandparent-relations/

Freshman parent volunteers needed as greeters and to serve lunch.
Contact: Diane Zwaan at

Fashion Show

Sunday, October 20, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

The Fashion Show is a long-standing tradition at VMA. This year’s event will be held at White Manor Country Club and will showcase the upcoming fashions modeled by our senior parents and students. There will be a Chinese auction and many vendors available for a quick shopping spree. Lunch included. Many volunteers are needed to make this event spectacular!

Registration online is required. (Ticketed Event)

Volunteers needed to gather gifts, model, check in guests, sell raffles, set up and take down.
Contact: Gwyn Lauder at gwynlauder@yahoo.com

Sneaker Collection    

Week of November 11, Before School

Donate your sneakers for a good cause! Students are asked to drop off donated sneakers in the collection bins the week of November 11th. In exchange, they can wear their sneakers to school. Sneakers in good condition will go to Amigos de Jesus. Sneakers that have been really “loved” will be used to create playgrounds for needy schools under the direction of the Nike Grind initiative.

Volunteers needed to collect, sort and distribute the collected sneakers.

Contact: Dawn Rosenberger at D_roseyone@hotmail.com

The Shoppes at Villa

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Return to Green Tree for a shopping extravaganza or as a vendor. In its 9th year, the Shoppes offer beautiful gifts for your family and friends. Maybe you’ll find a little something for yourself! This year there will be many new vendors as well as vendors you’ve loved in the past. The Shoppes is open to the public with FREE admission and is run by our Alumnae. Proceeds benefit the Sister Mary Kelly Scholarship Fund.

Contact: Dee Person at dperson@vmahs.org

Campus Christmas Decorating

Week of November 26 & 27

Maria Yacovelli will be decorating the campus for Christmas and will need the help of many Christmas elves to transform the school to brighten the halls for the holidays. Consider volunteering your time and talents!

Decorating contact: Maria Yacovelli at maria2746@aol.com

Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 1, 7:00 pm

Villa Maria opens the school’s celebration of the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting. Students, staff and family meet in the cafeteria with traditional carols. After hanging ornaments on the tree to represent each class, and lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath, the group will process out to the parking lot and gather around the evergreen tree out front. Girls read several brief reflections on the meaning of the Christmas tree and its lights before flipping the switch to light the tree for the first time. All adjourn to the cafeteria for refreshments. All are welcome and this is a free event.

Contact: Anna Drummey at Anna.drummey@villanova.edu

Faculty Christmas Dinner

Thursday, December 19

To show our appreciation for their dedication and commitment to our daughters and Villa Maria Academy, the VMAPA hosts a relaxing dinner at Waynesborough Country Club for our faculty and staff.

Volunteers needed.

Contact: Tara Logan at todaylogan@comcast.net and Tara Elinski at stelinski@comcast.net

Painting with a Villa Twist

Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm

All parents are welcome to attend Painting with a Villa Twist on the campus of VMA! We will also be collecting for a local charity. Come out during Catholic Schools week to catch up with friends, enjoy wine and cheese and work on your artistic expression. No painting experience necessary.  Registration required so supplies can be ordered in advance. (Ticketed Event)

Contact: Cheryl Arpa at cmackey77@gmail.com

FEST 2020 (Fostering Educational Support Together)

Saturday, February 29, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

FEST is Villa Maria Academy’s largest event fundraiser of the year. This is an annual dinner dance and auction. Many hands are needed to make this a successful event. The FEST committee will be reaching out to local businesses, friends of Villa and current parents for gifts and sponsorships/ads. Villa Maria Academy thanks you for your support and participation in advance of this event. Come out and join the fun!

Registration required. (Ticketed Event)

Volunteers needed. Chairs needed.
Contact: Millie Slifer at
mill601@verizon.net or Maria Yacovelli at maria2746@gmail.com 

Mother-Daughter Communion Breakfast

Sunday, May 3, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Mark your Calendars to attend the Mother Daughter Communion Mass and Breakfast! Mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters and grandmothers come together to share in a lovely tradition, celebrating Mass and enjoying a bountiful Sunday breakfast together. The event takes place on campus with Mass beginning at 10:00 am followed by breakfast and festivities. Senior Mothers and their daughters will be honored at this year’s event and wished a fond farewell as the seniors set off on their new adventure in their life’s journey.

Registration is required. (Ticketed Event)

Volunteers needed.

Contact: Anna Drummey at abdrummey@yahoo.com

Class of 2024 Information Night

Wednesday, May 20

The VMAPA welcomes the incoming freshman to Villa Maria Academy and offers them assistance in navigating VMAHS. This is an informational night for the incoming class of freshman students and their parents. We need a few volunteers to introduce the Villa Maria Academy Parent Association and our role here at Villa.

Contact: Jennifer Gentleman Rose–Admissions Office at jrose@vmahs.org, Millie Slifer at mill601@verizon.net and Maria Yacovelli at maria2746@gmail.com

Honors Convocation

Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 pm

The junior parents set up a small social to follow the Seniors’ Honors Convocation.  This is a small farewell to our seniors and their parents.

Volunteers needed.

Contact: Maureen Fitzgerald at fitzlevy@verizon.net

Uniform Sale

June, TBD

All departing seniors are asked to donate their gently used uniforms back to Villa. They are cleaned and resold to the underclassmen at a discounted price. The sale takes place in the school cafeteria.

Volunteers needed to collect, sort and distribute the collected uniforms.

Contact: Volunteer Needed

Other Ways to Get Involved

The VMA Book Store

The Villa Maria School Store is open for business in the Marian Center, offering Villa spirit wear, school supplies, balloons, snacks, and other fun Villa items like blankets and bags. These are volunteer hours.

M – F in the morning – 7:20 to 8:00 am

M – Thurs in the afternoon 2:40 – 4:00 pm

Fri. afternoon from 2:40 to 3:30 pm

The store will also be open during special events on campus.

If you would like to volunteer for the Book Store please contact Debbie Smith at dsmith@vmahs.org.

VMAPA Back to School Prayer Service

Tuesday, September 20, 8:15 am

VMAPA will host a prayer service and a light breakfast. This is an opportunity to meet other parents and meet the VMAPA Board.

Registration online is requested. (Free Event)

Wednesday Morning Rosary

The VMAPA invites you to join with other parents to pray the Rosary on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 am in the Chapel. We pray for our daughters, the faculty, staff, administration, and all the families in the Villa Maria community. No experience necessary! We will provide the rosaries and the “How to ….”

Contacts: Jeannine Peters (lifewiththepeters@mac.com) or Donna Celentano (dcelentano@comcast.net)

VMA Class Parent Nights Out

Senior Class, August 29
Junior Class, September 12
Sophomore Class, September 19
Freshman Class, September 26

Take advantage of a chance to meet and get to know other parents from your daughter’s class in a fun and social setting! These will be advertised over the summer so that you can save the date!

Villa Maria Academy Outreach Ministry

VMA has a wonderful program in place to help families that need assistance due to unforeseen circumstances anytime throughout the year. We are here to help with meals, carpools, and above all, prayer. All correspondence is private. Private submissions or requests can be made online. God’s Peace. Online requests can be found under Parents/Outreach Request on our website.

Volunteer online

Register Grandparents to receive invitation to Grandparent Day