So true! Many PTAs struggle to engage more than a handful of parents. As a mum of three myself, I really value the events the PTA lay on for both the kids and for parents too, and the sense of community they build, not to mention what the funds pay for.
However when it comes to volunteering, I know what used to put me off was the worry it would be all or nothing, and to be honest when I did volunteer I would generally get roped in to do more than I bargained for -- mainly because it’s so hard to get more people helping. I can understand why lots of parents just steer well clear, especially if they are wary of the cliche about PTAs being cliquey control freaks! If you’ve managed to shake that pre-conceived image, you’re doing well!
Time for full disclosure... being from a tech background myself, I was frustrated that the PTA needed help, and most parents seemed willing to help - but only a little. So I created an app to leverage that largely untapped workforce of “occasional volunteers”. It’s working really well, especially handy for managing big events like fairs, but also connecting the parents safely online without sharing emails addresses or having to become Facebook friends. Oh and it’s completely free for PTAs, so come check it out at www.ptasocial.com. Hope you find it useful! Do get in touch with me if I can help you at all. Good luck with all the fundraising!