November 28, 2006 – Volunteer Job of the Week

November 28, 2006 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Having a holiday weekend without a family member felt like putting on a
sweater that had an extra arm.”
Pamela Ribon, Why Girls Are Weird, 2003

Happy Tuesday!

Well, with Thanksgiving out of the way let the shopping begin – oh wait,
wrong newsletter.  We hope you had a wonderful day of eating and
sleeping, then gathering up bargains over the weekend, and maybe a bit
of football too. Special kudos to those who volunteered their holiday!

Today's newsletter features lots of great options to wrap presents and
other ways to give back during the holidays that may be a bit more fun
than the daily grind. Anyone up for playing Santa? But we, of course,
didn't want you to miss out on our weekly communications- related
opportunities too — so those kick us off at the top and then at the end
we pile in some fun things to do during the holidays.

Have a wonderful week.

Heather and Rachel
In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
1.) Communications Internship, Linkages to Learning (Rockville, MD)
2.) Special Events, American Cancer Society (New Jersey)
3.) Graphic Artist, Great Noise Ensemble (Washington DC area)
4.) Fashion PR Fall-Winter Internship, N (Harlem, NY)
5.) Public Relations Committee Volunteers, CADCOM (Philadelphia)
6.) Event Planner, McDonald Ranch (San Francisco Bay Area)
*** Weekly Fun Report
*** Special Holiday Helping Hands Section
1.) Gift Wrappers, Calvary Women's Services (Washington, DC)
2.) Volunteers, Interfaith Community Service Day (Washington, DC)
3.) Senior Companions, Sunrise Assisted Living (Washington, DC)
4.) Gift Wrappers, The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM)
(Arlington, VA)
5.) Volunteers, Connecting Through Dance Program for the Blind and
Visually Impaired (Oakland, Calif.)
6.) Bell Ringer, Salvation Army (San Francisco)
7.) Volunteers, The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center and 26th Police
District (Philadelphia)
8.) Volunteer, Women Build (Denver)
9.) Volunteer, Food Banks (Chicago)
10.) Volunteer, Jingle Bell Run & Walk to benefit the Arthritis
Foundation (Seattle)
11.) Christmas Tree Decorating, Senior Residences (Bolder, CO)
12.) Gift Wrapper, Tsunami Hospital Foundation (New York City)
13.) Santa and Mrs. Clause, Programs Employing People (Philadelphia)
14.) Home 4 the Holidays Pet Sitter, ARF SEPA (Philadelphia)
15.) Volunteer to Deliver Gifts, Volunteer Chore Service (Seattle)
16.) Santa and Mrs. Clause, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation

It today's OPP area .

*** One Paragraph Pitch:

Team Chicago Projects is a small volunteer group built off of the ideas
of social awareness, civic responsibility and community power.

We are in the process of building a website for our organization and
sending out a newsletter to invite other people to join and/or

We are currently looking for an individual with talent, dedication and
interest in these fields to be our volunteer coordinator. No immediate
experience is necessary, but is always helpful.

The role will include keeping a log of our activities with various
volunteer groups, updating contacts lists for those groups and
individuals willing to participate, and to seek out our month volunteer

Please feel free to email with questions or comments to the following
email address if you would like more

Thank You,

Joe Varisco – President
Team Chicago Projects

*** While we kick off the rest of the newsletter with .

1.) Communications Internship, Linkages to Learning (Rockville, MD)

Montgomery County, Maryland's Linkages to Learning program serves
low-income students in 28 of the County's public elementary and middle
schools most impacted by poverty. For over thirteen years, Linkages has
been recognized for its success in providing accessible and culturally
friendly health, mental health, educational support, and social services
to children and families.

A key to Linkages success in meeting the needs of families and school
communities has been to use a wide range of communications strategies to
engage a broad range of stakeholders from the volunteer, faith,
nonprofit, and business sectors. The Linkages to Learning communications
intern can contribute his/her skills to further our mission, delivering
comprehensive school-based services that support success in school. By
doing so, the intern will support our goal of building a stronger
community, with children and adults who are physically and mentally
healthy and are achieving the highest possible levels of

Part-time Communications Intern Wanted (15 hours a week)
Linkages to Learning seeks a motivated intern with an interest in
communications, writing/editing and newsletter production skills. The
internship will provide an opportunity to learn about the delivery of
Linkages to Learning's school-based family support services and the
current challenges facing many Montgomery County families. The intern
will work on specific projects to advance community knowledge about the
Linkages to Learning services, supporting program and resource
development to serve Linkages families. This unpaid internship offers
flexible scheduling options and academic credit.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Communications Intern's responsibilities may include assignments
such as: feature writing, communication with community supporters,
development of PSAs, flyers, updating website and writing and editing a
variety of documents. Supervision will be provided, but assignments may
vary based upon the skills of the intern.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills . Proficiency in
Microsoft software desired (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Publisher etc.) .
Ability to multi-task, detail oriented and able to work efficiently
under pressure . Basic knowledge of Website development helpful, but
technical skills are not required.

College juniors, seniors, recent college graduates or current graduate
students with a degree or in depth course work in
journalism/communications, marketing, public policy, social work,
education, political science, or child and youth development are
encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume (including computer
software skills), a short writing sample (<3 pages) and three references

Sharon Strauss, M.S. Ed.
Program manager
Linkages to Learning
51 Monroe Street, 17th floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 240-777-1111

2.) Special Events, American Cancer Society (New Jersey)
Your local American Cancer Society office is looking for an office
volunteer to help support the Special Events staff.

* Review 2006 Special Event program
* Organize and Develop 2007 Special Event programs
* Research Corporate Prospects
* Create innovative library of resources
* Administrative duties as assigned
* Able to help fight cancer concerns in the community

* Strong interpersonal skills
* Creative and innovative research capabilities
* Ability to work independently
* Interest in non-profit and business environment
* Some College background preferred
* Ties to Union, Essex and Hudson County a plus

Hours are flexible, Monday-Friday, minimum of 10 hours a week.

If interested, please fax resume to MSABC Director 908-354-0284 or go to for further details.

3.) Graphic Artist, Great Noise Ensemble (Washington DC area)

We are looking for a graphic designer to help us make an e-flyer (and
probably a hard flyer) for our January concert. We have some ideas but
need someone to help make it possible. Our goal is to have this finished
by the first week of January. Contact us at
or online at

4.) Fashion PR Fall-Winter Internship, N (Harlem, NY)
Fall-Winter Internship

The administrative office for N, a hot new high-end boutique in Harlem,
is looking for energetic, creative fall interns. You should have
computer skills: Word, Excel, and design programs (helpful). This is an
awesome opportunity for candidates with interests in public relations,
fashion, and the business of retail. You will get hands-on experience in
a creative and challenging environment.

Our internship is unpaid (transportation provided) and requires a
minimum of 10 hours per week. Duties may include: helping plan in-store
events, database management, online research, helping in the boutique,
helping log in deliveries, helping design collateral materials, and
basic administrative duties.

Please e-mail your resumé (be sure to write “internship” in the subject
line) to Transportation to the store is
easy-the 2/3 express to W 116th Street will put you steps away from the

5.) Public Relations Committee Volunteers, CADCOM (Philadelphia)

Do you have a knack for public relations? Are you a networking guru? Are
you interested in a fun and exciting opportunity?

Montgomery County Community Action (CADCOM) is currently seeking
volunteers with skills, interests and gifts in the area of public
relations, communications, marketing, photography, writing, public
speaking and media. The basic task of this committee is to share the
“story” of CADCOM with the community, educating them regarding its
mission, developments, needs and achievements. Special attention is
given to maintaining contacts with churches, working relationships with
persons in the local media, local politicians and local community

The Public Relations Committee meets twice a month (Tuesday) at 10:30
AM. If you are interested in attending one of our meetings to get a feel
of the role this Committee plays in promoting CADCOM, please contact our
office at (610) 277-6363 ext 11. Look forward in speaking to you!

6.) Event Planner, McDonald Ranch (San Francisco Bay Area)

McDonald Ranch is a 501c3 non profit organization that teaches life
skills to youth through their on going service work helping animals in
need. We have a sanctuary on 55 acres in Rincon Valley/Santa Rosa.
Please visit our website:

We have a lot of events throughout the year which brings in much needed
funds to help support our youth camp/animal sanctuary. We could really
use the skills of an event planner to make sure things run as smooth as

Do you enjoy planning and organizing parties and events? Do you have any
experience with fund raising? If you do, please consider volunteering
some of your time with McDonald Ranch to help us.

We also need volunteers to help with all the other aspects of these
events. On weekends we take animals to malls and other areas so the
public can see and pet them. Your whole family can volunteer to help us
with these little petting zoos.

Any help you can give us is much appreciated by the kids that attend our
summer camps and participate in our after school programs and also by
all the rescued animals that live on McDonald Ranch.

Contact us for specific details.

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And now for the really fun stuff …

*** Holiday Helping Hands:

1.) Gift Wrappers, Calvary Women's Services (Washington, DC)
Calvary Women's Services provides housing and support services to
homeless women in DC. On Saturday, December 9th from 1-4pm, help make
the holidays special for our residents and wrap their gifts, which will
be passed out on Christmas morning. People of all ages and skill levels
are welcome! Bring a roll of your favorite festive wrapping paper and
some tape if you can!

Please e-mail or call Lindsey Kerr, Volunteer Coordinator, at
202-783-6651 or in order to volunteer, and receive
directions to our location.

2.) Volunteers, Interfaith Community Service Day (Washington, DC)
The 20th Annual

Washington DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
Monday, December 25th, 2006
6:00am – 6:00pm. Projects last 1, 2 or 3 hours at a time
Online registration at

Questions? Call the Volunteer Hotline: 202-518-9400 ext 3565 or


Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Baha'i's working together to serve
those in need on December 25th.

1,500 volunteers from all faiths are needed for the largest interfaith
project of the Washington DC metropolitan area. You can choose from such
projects as preparing meals & serving them to the homeless, painting
shelters, throwing parties for sick children in hospitals, visiting
seniors in nursing homes, distributing gifts at over 20 homeless
shelters, donating blood and many more activities. Online registration

Be a Team Captain on December 25th!

Want to take a more ACTIVE role? Lead volunteers in activities at your
selected site. The December 25th Community Service Day needs 60
volunteer team captains to lead clusters of volunteers to sites all
around the city on this big day of community service. If you would like
to be a team captain, please email Naomi Oppenheim at or call (202) 777-3243.

Location of Project / Street Address: Across the metropolitan area. All
volunteers meet at the Washington DCJCC to pick up supplies and then
head out to their project site.

Number of vol. needed: 1,500 volunteers
Minimum age w/adult: 10
Minimum age w/o adult: 18

Donations needed!

Support the 20th Annual December 25th Community Service Day by donating
the items most needed by over seventy social service agencies. Below is
a list of Gift Requests from our partner social service agencies (number
of items needed in parenthesis):

New adult-size socks (3,000 items)
Gloves, mittens, hats and scarves-for adults and kids (3,000 items)
Large-sized (men's and women's sweaters and other large-sized
warm-weather clothes)
New travel or full size toiletries for adults in shelters (4,000 items)
Non-slip slippers-large sizes for senior citizens in nursing homes (1000
Travel-size games, puzzles, and crafts for children in hospitals (200
Sports equipment, cosmetics, and gift certificates for teens in shelters
(2000 items)
Diapers and pull-ups for infants and toddlers up to two years old (1,000
Rattles, mobiles, and books for infants and toddlers in hospitals (500
Gift bags, wrapping paper, tape, scissors and ribbons to wrap the gifts
(100 items)

3.) Senior Companions, Sunrise Assisted Living (Washington, DC)

I am looking for a dedicated individual or group who wants to come in
and spend time with the elderly on Christmas. I am looking for someone
willing to come in and run an exercise group (training provided) and
have Coffee and Conversation. Volunteers needed from 10 am to Noon. If
interested, please contact Alyssa (202) 966-8020. Sunrise Assisted
Living on Connecticut Ave.

4.) Gift Wrappers, The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM)
(Arlington, VA)

NOVAM is in search of fearless gift wrappers who will remain cool under
fire and not be intimidated by holiday shoppers! NOVAM hosts a holiday
gift wrapping booth at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington throughout the
holiday season. This is a great opportunity for small groups, families,
and individuals who are looking for a fun and festive way to support
their community (and perfect their gift wrapping skills!) Gift wrapping
will commence the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue every weekend
in December, along with the full week prior to Christmas. Each shift is
for 3 hours. Please contact for specific dates/times and availability.

Dates: November 24-26, December 2-3, December 9-10, December 16-24
Time: Noon-6pm through December 17, Noon-9pm December 18-24
Contact: Regan Davis
Phone: 703-533-5505 x13
Location: Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22203
(metro accessible by Orange line)

5.) Volunteers, Connecting Through Dance Program for the Blind and
Visually Impaired (Oakland, Calif.)

Connecting Through Dance a Bay Area nonprofit organization, is in need
of volunteers to assist at our seventh annual holiday fund-raising
dance, on Saturday, December 2, 2006. Held at the beautiful Lake Merritt
Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave, at Harrison Street in Oakland, California.

Proceeds for the fundraiser support the Connecting Through Dance Program
for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Volunteers get to attend the event
for free, which includes a salsa dance class, fabulous desserts and
dance presentations.

For more information please contact: Lois Tremo at or call
Gene Russo at 510 501-4713.

6.) Bell Ringer, Salvation Army (San Francisco)

Be the sight and sound of Christmas at locations throughout the city.
Help raise funds to be used to provide services 365 days a year.
Volunteers are needed at each kettle site to stand, ring a bell, & wish
shoppers a Merry Christmas while collecting donations.

Various Locations in San Francisco/ San Mateo County

Date: December 24, 2006

Contact: Meghan @ 415-553-3568

This is sponsored by The Salvation Army San Francisco.

7.) Volunteers, The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center and 26th Police
District (Philadelphia)

The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in conjunction with the 26th
police district of Philadelphia is hosting a Christmas party for
neighborhood youth on DECEMBER 15th from 10am to 2pm. volunteers will
assist with food service, handing out gifts, set up and break down, and
a few special individuals will help Santa as his “elves”
interested parties can contact Jeffrey Schlupp, Volunteer Coordinator,
Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
(215) 426-9422 ext. 34202

8.) Volunteer, Women Build (Denver)

Each holiday season women volunteers work together to build a playhouse
that is then “raffled” off at Colorado Mills mall to raise money for the
Women Build home. Women volunteers help with the construction of the
playhouse and then help to staff the HabiTot exhibit at the mall. We
need some Women to work 3 hours shifts on the following days. If you or
someone you know could contribute 3 hours to this worthy cause — it
would be appreciated!

Th – Sun starting 11/30 — 12/17

Interested volunteers can sign up at this site — look for “Habitat

9.) Volunteer, Food Banks (Chicago)

The Holiday season is the busiest time of the year for most food banks.
We need a lot of of help sorting food donations to give out to the
hungry. Individuals and groups welcome. Please call 956-2513 x 2104 or

10.) Volunteer, Jingle Bell Run & Walk to benefit the Arthritis
Foundation (Seattle)

It's time for the 22nd Annual Jingle Bell Run & Walk to benefit the
Arthritis Foundation! This is the event over 10,000 runners and walkers
have been waiting for since last December. The Jingle Bell Run & Walk
will be on Sunday, December 10th at Westlake Center in Downtown Seattle
and is the largest Jingle Bell Run & Walk nation-wide. In order to make
this event a tremendous success, we are looking to you to be one of our
400 volunteers. Send an e-mail to voicing your
interest and we will send you the volunteer form with a list of
different jobs to choose from.

Official Jingle Bell Run website:

Our 2006 honoree is Sadie (9 years old), who has had Juvenile Rheumatoid
arthritis since the age of 18 months. There are 66 million people with
arthritis in the nation, among them 300,000 children. Help make a
difference in their lives.

11.) Christmas Tree Decorating, Senior Residences (Bolder, CO)

Volunteers are needed to help assemble and decorate a number of
Christmas trees within a Senior Residence in Boulder city.
This is a one time event on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:00 p.m.8:30
Families and groups are welcome.
For more information contact Anna Ferry at (303) 939-0883

12.) Gift Wrapper, Tsunami Hospital Foundation (New York City)

The TSUNAMI Hospital Foundation is having their second annual Border's
gift-wrapping fundraiser.

The proceeds will go towards funding a world class, privately run,
nonprofit university-research hospital in tsunami devastated Sri Lanka.
The hospital will have 2 world class institutes: 1) Infectious Diseases
Institute – for prevention and curative programs, and 2) Global
Nutrition Center – to combat malnutrition/hunger. The facility will be
dedicated to the 1.69 million peoples and 15 devastated countries, of
Southeast Asia/East Africa.

Two volunteers will be needed for each 3-4 hour shift. Please respond
with your availability and phone number. The fundraiser will occur at
the following times:

Borders Penn Plaza (very busy with commuters)

Sat- Sat December 9 – 16 ANYTIME
Tuesday December 19 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday December 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday December 21 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday December 22 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Borders Columbus Circle

Friday December 22 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday December 23 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sunday December 24 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

THF was established in 2005 in accordance with the UN Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce hunger/malnutrition by 2015. The
objective of THF is to provide assistance to the peoples of Sri Lanka,
primarily through the global private-sector corporate institutions,
provide enhanced employment and skills advancement opportunities, in
particular in the healthcare sector as well as further enhance economic
development and growth through the health care sector. For more
information see our temporary website:

13.) Santa and Mrs. Clause, Programs Employing People (Philadelphia)
We are in need for a volunteer to play Santa Clause at our Annual
Christmas Party for our mentally challenged adult consumers.

The volunteer Santa will give out Christmas gifts and provide cheer and
laughter to everyone.

The Santa suit will be provided.
Mrs. Clause is encouraged to apply, but you MUST provide the suit.

The event is located at Programs Employing People, 1200 South Broad
Street in South Philadelphia.

Date of event: December 15, 2006
Event time: Noon – 3:00
You will be required to come at 11:00 to set up and change.


Must be dependable.
Must enjoy working with the mentally challenged.
Must be cheerful and jolly!
A big round belly is desired, but not required!

Inquiries: Please forward your RESUME will your contact information. All
inquiries without resumes, WILL NOT be considered.

For more information, please contact Michele Cheng or Michele Aquino @

Thank you and good luck!


Programs Employing People (PEP) provides education, recreation, and job
placement services to people who have developmental disabilities. PEP is
a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1969 by a group
of women who started a sumer day camp for their children with
disabilities. Over the years PEP has grown to provide a wide range of


Provide vocational training and integrated community employment
opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Develop and improve understanding among people with developmental
disabilities, their families and the community.
Provide adult day activities, and social and recreational opportunities.

Utilize all available resources to provide educational, vocational and
social supports to individuals and their families.

14.) Home 4 the Holidays Pet Sitter, ARF SEPA (Philadelphia)

We are looking for volunteers to help work a first of its kind “pet
store” of adoptable pets. “Home 4 the Holidays” is a national campaign
to help homeless pets find homes this holiday season. The store will be
located at 300 Baltimore Pike in Media, PA from December 1st until
January 10th. We'll be open Thursday and Friday evenings and all day
Saturday and Sunday. We need volunteers to help clean and decorate the
store (weekend after Thanksgiving), then work the store during the month
of December. ARF SEPA houses rescued pets in foster homes throughout the
area, and some of them will make visits to the store (we'll also have
photos of all the adoptable pets available for the public to review). We
need people to help the public in finding their next wonderful pet. To
inquire, please send an email to the store director at
Thanks for thinking rescue first!

Animal Rescue Foundation of SE PA, Inc. (ARF SEPA)
A 501c3 all-volunteer nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the
welfare of homeless and at-risk pets in southeastern PA
phone: 610-994-4300

15.) Volunteer to Deliver Gifts, Volunteer Chore Service (Seattle)

Volunteer Chore Services is a program that serves low-income seniors and
people with disabilities throughout King County. We are looking for
volunteers to deliver “Shoeboxes of Joy” to seniors living in the King
County area this holiday season. Volunteers would pick up boxes from one
of our family centers located in Seattle, Kent, or Bellevue, and then
deliver boxes to seniors in the area they choose. 2-3 hours is generally
the time frame to deliver. Please consider bringing joy to low-income
seniors and people with disabilities this holiday season.
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16.) Santa and Mrs. Clause, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation

Seeking Santa and Mrs. Santa Volunteers

Tanja Pineda
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
425-861-7827 x104

Rich Pochman
Santa for Starlight
Head Santa, Volunteer
425-271-1550 (home-evening)
206-763-7867 (work)

Be Santa Claus for Christmas- Support Starlight Starbright Children's

If you ever thought about being a Santa, the workshop will show you how
to be our Santa. Our Santas go to parties to bring the joy and fun of
the Christmas season to the event. We are not mall Santas who sit for
hours like a poster to be posed with children. Our Santas have fun.

Santa for Starlight offers visits from Santa and sometimes Mrs. Claus to
homes, offices or anywhere family and friends gather for the holidays in
the Puget Sound area. All monies go to help seriously ill children and
their families.

To volunteer as a Santa, to request a Santa, or to learn more, please
contact Starlight for Santa at 425-861-7827 or 866-236-6379 – ext 104 or

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization
that transforms the lives of seriously ill children and their families
through imaginative programs that educate, uplift their spirits, foster
a sense of community, and help alleviate the pain and fear of prolonged
illness. Starlight Starbright offers an impressive array of in-hospital,
outpatient, school and home-based programs and services that touch the
lives of more than 180,000 children and families each month
internationally. The Washington Chapter of Starlight Starbright serves
over 60 hospitals and organizations throughout the state and reaches
over 5,000 children and their families a month. To learn more about the
organization, visit their web site at

*** Weekly Fun Report:

The National Christmas Tree, with a large-scale model train running
around it, is a must-see for Washingtonians and tourists alike. The
festivities are all part of the Christmas Pageant of Peace. After all,
there's nothing like a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce illuminated with
numerous holiday lights to spark your Christmas spirit (that's the 2003
national tree pictured above). This year's lighting ceremony is on Dec.
7 at dusk.

It was transplanted from York, Pa., in 1978. Fifty-six smaller trees
representing the 50 states, five territories and DC surround the main
tree, each decorated by state-sponsored organizations. A Yule log burns
nightly to keep you warm, and local groups put on shows on a performance

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