December 5, 2006 – Volunteer Job of the Week

December 5, 2006 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative
altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Welcome to another issue of VJOTW!

Today, we have great news to report: VJOTW has reached its first
milestone: 100 subscribers! And we could not have done it without
everyone's help. Please keep us informed of all the wonderful volunteer
opportunities that you find, and please do share your experiences. 
After all, this is your newsletter, and we want to know what is on your

In this week's newsletter, we are featuring both communications-related
opportunities and the special “Holiday Helping Hands” section, which
includes special ways you can help this time of year. And, of course, no
edition would be complete without a fun opportunity, so we've included
one to close the newsletter.

Happy Volunteering!

Heather and

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
1.) Tour Guide and Festival Volunteers, Grant Park Conservancy (Atlanta)
2.) Various Volunteer, Intern, and Board Positions, Asian Arts
Initiative (Philadelphia)
3.) Gala Committee Volunteer, AMIGOS (Houston)
4.) Marketing and PR Assistant – Stone Mountain Community Center (Stone
Mountain, Ga.)
5.) Various Positions, AIDS Athens (Athens, Ga.)
6.) Various Volunteer Positions, ATNI (Boulder)
7.) Marketing & Communications Volunteers, New Canaan Nature Center (New
Canaan, Conn.)
8.) Various Volunteers and Interns, Tour of Virginia (Staunton, Va. and
9.) Publicity, Marketing and Other Volunteers, Interfaith Works
(Olympia, Wa.)
10.) Marketing/Photography Volunteer, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
11.) PR, Marketing and Outreach Volunteers, Sustainable Food Center
(Austin, Texas)
12.) Fundraising, Communications and Events Volunteers, Alexandria Red
Cross (Alexandria, Va.)
13.) Various Marketing, Event, and PR Opportunities, Forté Foundation
(Austin, Texas)
14.) Various Marketing, PR and Animal Caretaker Positions, Quincy Animal
Shelter (Quincy, Mass.)
15.) PR Volunteer, Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery
(Hartford, Conn.)

*** Special Holiday Helping Hands Section
1.)  Volunteers, Maryland Food Bank (Baltimore)
2.) Gift Wrappers, United Cerebral Palsy of South Central PA (Various
Locations, Southern Penn.)
3.) Volunteer Performers (Montgomery County, Md.)
4.) Decorators, Lutheran Social Service, Metro Home & Community Services
(Shoreview, Minn.)
5.) Gift Wrappers, Western PA Humane Society (Pittsburgh Area)

*** Weekly Fun Report

Now, on with the show!

*** One Paragraph Pitch:
Various Positions, Pejepscot Historical Society (Brunswick, Maine)

MAINE MEMORY NETWORK: PHS is a contributing member to a web-site called
the Maine Memory Network, maintained by the Maine Historical Society.
The site provides space for PHS to post descriptions and digital images
of objects in its collection. A volunteer is needed to scan the objects
and upload the information onto the web-site. We will provide training,
but a basic knowledge of computers would be helpful.

COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT(S): Those who are detailed orientated with an
interest in history will enjoy working with the collections. The
volunteer collections assistant(s) will help staff research documents
and artifacts, working towards a better understanding of the individual
objects that make up the large collection. On a project to project
basis, help may also be needed in an effort to improve the organization
and storage of the entire collection. Training will be provided.

EXHIBITION TEAM: You can help bring history to the public by
participating in a team to develop, research, and install rotating
exhibits. Share the fun!

PUBLIC RELATIONS: With all the wonderful programs and exciting events
PHS sponsors, we would like someone to help spread the word! Our PR
person will write press releases and help with advertising.

RESEARCH ROOM ASSISTANT: Do you have a knack for digging into history?
We need people to help visiting researchers and answer requests from our
members and the public. This involves working with the Society's
documentary and research collections.

If your interest lies in sporadic work, why not consider helping out at
Society events? We need help with program planning, baking, staffing the
event, or providing other forms of assistance.
QUESTIONS? IDEAS? WANT TO HELP? Call 729-6606or email

*** And here we go with the opportunities.

1.) Tour Guide and Festival Volunteers, Grant Park Conservancy (Atlanta)

The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) began as a group of concerned Atlanta
residents who recognized the need to protect Grant Park, Atlanta's
oldest city park, from the demands of growing use and declining
maintenance. During an updated master plan process commissioned by the
city of Atlanta Bureau of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs this
group realized that the impetus to implement the new plan would come
only from concerned citizens. The Conservancy was formed and now works
to raise funds to carry out its mission and provide an enjoyable
greenspace for families, visitors and residents of nearby neighborhoods.

The Master Plan calls for massive renovations and improvements to the
park over the next 20 years. However, there are no current plans in the
City of Atlanta Bureau of Parks budget to fund these improvements.

Modeled on other conservancy movements in Atlanta and cities across the
country the GPC will work independently and in partnership with the city
to fully implement the Master Plan. The Grant Park Conservancy
recognizes the importance of usable, friendly, clean, safe,
well-maintained green space in the urban environment and works to
provide a public space in which the city can take great pride.

VOLUNTEER – Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2007

Below you will find a listing of positions identified to date:
Volunteer Positions Include: (numbers are total needed over the two day
festival; shifts will be approximately 4 hours long)

For the 5K Run for the Park volunteers are needed to help with set up
(10), sign-in (8), race bag distribution (4), course monitors (16),
water distribution, clean up and break down (10).

For the Festival: Runners (12), Sanitation (16), Booth Sitters (40),
Information/Festival T-Shirt Sales (12), Beverage Sales (36),
Monitors/T-Shirt Security (24), set up/break down (20/18), stage manager
(6), Vendor Logistics (12).

Planning Committee Positions: (not listed in any particular order):

Food Vendor Relations/Logisitcs
Artist Market Relations/Logistics
Sponsor Relations – Corporate/Small Business/Group/Individual
Sponsor Reception and Thank Yous
Sanitation Logistics/Supervision
Signs and Directionals
Volunteer Recruitment/Training
Load In/Out Logistics/Supervision
Artist Selection
On Site Communications
Medical Oversight/Supervision
Talent Selection and Booking
Budget Management/Finance
Corks & Forks Planning/Implementation
Public Relations/Marketing/Media Communications

Contact us –

2.) Various Volunteer, Intern, and Board Positions, Asian Arts
Initiative (Philadelphia)

Created in response to community concerns about racial tension, the
Asian Arts Initiative (
began programming in May 1993 with Philadelphia's first-ever Asian
American Arts Festival: “Live Traditions/Contemporary Issues” at the
Painted Bride Art Center. The Asian Arts Initiative has since expanded
to become a community arts center that offers performances, exhibitions,
workshops, and training for artists and everyday people who share our
mission of community-based arts. We are grounded in the belief that all
people have the right to creative expression, and that the arts can
provide an important voice for Asian Americans and other groups whose
lives and stories are marginalized in our society.

As one of the very few Asian American community arts centers in the
country, the Asian Arts Initiative is a unique and vital meeting place
where artists and everyday people can think critically and creatively
about the experiences of Asian Americans.

Volunteer/Intern/Workstudy Opportunities:  There are a number of ways
you can become involved with the Asian Arts Initiative. The most
consistent need is in interns, workstudy interns, and event volunteers.
Currently, we need gallery project team members. Read below for more
information. We are also always interested in help with mailings and
fundraising campaigns, tech support, database entry, archiving, hanging
gallery shows, and more!

If you have expertise with something, and would like to volunteer your
time and talents, we want to hear from you.

-Gallery Project Team: 
Requires 6-8 meetings per year (including curatorial process meetings
twice a year)
Curatorial Process includes reviewing proposals and engaging in
discussion about how to pair artists and pull themes for programmatic or
discussion focus. Themes for upcoming season and some artists should be
Other meetings to flesh out programs and brainstorm artists who fit with
decided themes. Also Project Team members volunteer to moderate audience
discussions- involves some communication with artists and Gallery
Spread word to artists and potential audience members about upcoming
programs through distribution of materials and helping to forge
collaborations and co-sponsorships with other organizations,
universities, city festivals, etc.
Share general knowledge of people of color in the local arts scene

-Board of Directors
If you are interested in volunteering for the Initiative by becoming a
board member, read the description of board responsibilities below and
contact info@asianartsinitiative for more information.

General Responsibilities
Attend all bi-monthly meetings of the Board of Directors.
Serve on at least one major Board committee.
Become informed and educated about the Initiative and the communities
and fields of which we are a part.
Be available to provide specific advice and support to the chief
Evaluate (annually) the chief executive, and when necessary, reappoint
Approve (annually) and monitor our annual budget and financial plans.
Establish a strategic plan for the Initiative for our future survival
and success.
Evaluate (annually) the organization's effectiveness in accomplishing
our mission and objectives; update the strategic plan.
Evaluate (annually) the Board's effectiveness and identify and recruit
appropriate candidates to ensure its maintenance and growth.
Use good judgment in reporting any conflicts of interest and in
maintaining confidentiality about information given to Board members.

F-undraising Responsibilities
Make what for you is a generous personal donation to the Initiative on
an annual basis.
Raise a minimum of $500 in contributions toward the Membership Campaign,
Banquet, and/or other fundraising strategies (this may include your
personal contribution)
Actively participate in any special fundraising events for the

-Public Relations Responsibilities
Act as a sounding board for the community being served by the
Serve as a liaison to other community organizations.
Support the programs and services of the Initiative and speak out in our

For more information, please email or fill
out Volunteer Form:

3.) Gala Committee Volunteer, AMIGOS (Houston)

Founded in 1965 in Houston, AMIGOS is an international, non-profit
organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service
opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the
well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas. Supported
by a strong network of Pan-American chapters, high school and college
students from diverse backgrounds work successfully with host
communities and partner agencies to address health and education

AMIGOS Volunteers immerse themselves in the lives of their host
communities and truly experience collaborative development work. During
its 40-year history, more than 20,000 AMIGOS Volunteers have gained a
life-long commitment to community service, while strengthening
multicultural understanding and friendships in the Americas.

Volunteer on a 2007 AMIGOS Gala Committee
We are always looking for youth and adult volunteers in the Houston area
that are excited to serve on one of the many Gala Committees that donate
their time to ensure the 2007 event happens. Opportunities include
committees focused on the silent auction, decorations, table sales, and
several others.  Contact to learn more about
this great opportunity to serve!

Telephone Numbers: (713) 782-5290, (800) 231-7796. Email:

4.) Marketing and PR Assistant – Stone Mountain Community Center (Stone
Mountain, Ga.)

Telecommuting and RFS Stone Mountain Community CenterStone Mountain,
Georgia Refugee Family Services, which was formerly known as Newcomers'
Network, is an outgrowth of the Save the Children/Child Care Support
Center (STC/CCSC), Atlanta. It was started in 1986 as a program that
provided childcare training to refugee women in the metro Atlanta area.
Later, it grew into the Refugee Program of STC/CCSC, at which time it
added to a wide variety of programs. It was incorporated in 1996 under
the name Newcomers' Network to operate the refugee program as a
stand-alone entity and became a fully independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization on October 1, 1997. The organization was renamed Refugee
Family Services in April 2002 to better reflect its mission.

Assist in the development and creation of marketing and communications
tools for RFS, including: website content, RFS newlsetter and program
brochures. Research and develop content for human interest stories about
the refugee/immigrant women and children served at RFS. Assist in
preparing PowerPoint presentations for RFS programs. Requires: Strong
writing and communications skills; a minimum commitment of six hours a
week, for three months.

To volunteer:

5.) Various Positions, AIDS Athens (Athens, Ga.)

AIDS Athens, Inc. serves to address the needs of individuals infected
and affected by HIV/AIDS through support services and to prevent the
spread of the disease through education and outreach.
Fundraising: Volunteers help with the planning, marketing, and support
for various fundraising events throughout the year.

Ribbon of Life (October 2006)- Volunteers will help with the
coordination and distribution of our annual -donor campaign.
-Dreamgirls (Nov 10-12, 2006)- Volunteers will help with the Black
Theatrical Ensemble's production of “Dreamgirls.” Assistance is needed
in planning, marketing, and the day of the event.
-Cafe Life (January 15, 2007)- Volunteers will help with marketing and
promotion to groups to encourage groups to dine out.
Office Assistance and Special Skills
-Volunteers help with the day-to-day operations of the organization,
including projects needing special skills. For more information please
contact us at
-Database/Access- Volunteer needed to assist with updating and creating
databases for the use of tracking donors, volunteers, outreach events,
and community resources.
-Website- Volunteer needed to assist with the maintenance of our
website. Volunteer will work with the original website designer to
develop additional pages, including newsletter and donor recognition.
-PR/Marketing- Volunteer needed to assist with public relations and
press releases for our events and programs.

For more information please contact us at

6.) Various Volunteer Positions, ATNI (Boulder)

All Together Now International (ATNI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
corporation headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.  ATNI is a leading
developer of innovative programs and visionary alliances that promote
international peace by creating greater economic, educational, and
health care opportunities for disadvantaged people in some of the
world's poorest regions.

We support ongoing charitable work by Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan
organizations, and we conduct our own projects – all of which are
staffed by regional representatives and by volunteers from the USA and
Europe. Skills are matched to the appropriate project and volunteers
must be willing to cover their own expenses of travel, food, and

Volunteer Accountant:
ATNI is seeking an individual to help with our non-profit accounting and
the completion of the 990 form. Volunteer will need to be available
during the busiest part of the tax season, spring 2007, in order to
submit various forms.

Volunteer Assistant Grantwriter: ATNI is seeking an individual to
supplement our grant proposal submission and other fund-raising
activities. This position is available immediately and will require a
monthly committment of 15-20 hours. Volunteer will work in conjunction
with our head grantwriter and will help research creative fund-raising
solutions. Work times and days are flexible, though a Friday
availability is great.

Volunteer Event Planner: ATNI is seeking an individual to help plan our
annual fundraising event, to be held in 2007. This position is available
immediately and will require a monthly committment of 30 hours, likely
more as we approach the event deadline. Previous event planning or fund
raising experience would be beneficial, as is the ability to multi-task.
Volunteer will work with ATNI president and program coordinator. Work
times and day are flexible, though the ability to attend monthly Friday
meetings is a plus.

Volunteer Marketing Coordinator:  ATNI is seeking an individual to help
with ATNI's outreach and maximize ATNI's image. This position depends
heavily on the volunteer event planner position, as both will work
together. This position requires collaboration with all aspects of ATNI,
and committment will vary between 5-20 hours monthly depending on
projects. Work times and days are flexible, though the ability to attend
monthly Friday meetings is a plus.

Volunteer Writer and Editor: ATNI is seeking an individual to support
ATNI's communication efforts by organizing and overseeing a major
publication concerning sustainable development and non-profits.
Individual will help create a low-cost, educational, and interesting
higher-end publication for ATNI. The publication will serve as a public
service announcement and will be used by ATNI as well as by its
supported charities. Previous writing, editing and publication
experience, as well as familiarity with sustainable development topics
and concerns, is beneficial. Work times and days are flexible, though
the ability to attend monthly Friday meeting is a plus.

For more information about these volunteer positions, please contact
Gwendoline at or 303 565 8777, ext. 362.
If you are interested in working in the USA office (Boulder, CO),
fundraising in your own area,  or have any other questions, contact us
at the USA address, email to, or call 720-65-8777.

7.) Marketing & Communications Volunteers, New Canaan Nature Center (New
Canaan, Conn.)

The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education
center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better
understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.

The Nature Center was established in 1960 on the former estate of Miss
Susan Dwight Bliss. This 40 acre site was given to the Town of New
Canaan for the study of nature, horticulture and related sciences. The
Town continues to own the land and buildings, and provides maintenance
support. The Nature Center's wide array of innovative environmental
education programs generate more than 60% of its annual revenues. The
remaining is raised through membership, private donations from
individuals, foundations and corporations as well as through special

We are currently in need of volunteers who are willing to assist the
Marketing Department with a variety of tasks that will help publicize
upcoming events. If you have experience in marketing, communications or
public relations we need your talents!

Make copies of event flyers
Make phone calls to event related businesses for permission to post or
leave flyers.
Distribute posters in town or deliver flyers to schools, doctor's
offices, etc.
Pick up and deliver signs, posters, etc from printers.
Keep Gazebo and Visitors Center updated with current flyers, posters and

Graphic / Web Designer:
Create flyers, banners, posters, etc.
Update events on website weekly.

Art Exhibit management
Make contact with artist and schedule meeting to review photos and
Manage the receipt of marketing materials from the artist.
Manage distribution of postcards.

To learn more call (203) 966-9577 x 18.

8.) Various Volunteers and Interns, Tour of Virginia (Staunton, Va. and

The Tour of Virginia is a nine-day long bicycle race stretching from the
Tidewater region to the Alleghany Mountains, and visiting the
Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Washington D.C. major metropolitan
areas. Formerly known as the Tour of Shenandoah from 2003-2006, the 2007
inaugural event will again attract the top professional and elite
amateur cyclists from the U.S., Canada, and abroad, with a special
emphasis on cyclists age 25 and under. The Tour of Virginia will
continue its predecessor's reputation as the Showcase for North
America's Future Champions.

Along with the six-day Pro/Am race, the Virginia Gran Turismo will run
simultaneously for the final three days. Part mass-participation tour,
and part competitive event, the VGT is the “everyman's” Tour of
Virginia. Participants will receive a finish time and placing, but will
be free to explore the history and scenery along the route at their own
pace. Some of the state's finest dining and lodging will be offered, all
for a great cause: raising funds for diabetes research and promoting
exercise and healthy living as a way to improve the control of – or
prevent the onset of – diabetes.

The Tour of Virginia bicycle race, one of the largest sporting events in
the state, attracts athletes from across the world, and will take place
April 24 – 29,2007, needs volunteers in the following positions:

Mobile Operations:
Road Marshals (48 positions available)

Road Marshals ensure the safe operation of the event on public roads by
working with local Sheriff's Deputies to hold traffic at intersections
and direct the cyclists if a turn is involved.  Volunteers will be
required to attend a one-hour training session prior to the event that
includes a short video on proper traffic flagging techniques, and
results in VDOT certification as a traffic flagger. Positions available

Signage Crew (6 positions available)
Members of the signage crew assist the signage director and facilities
crew with the set-up of signs along the road courses and at start/finish
venues.  Good sense of direction and the ability to read a map are
essential.  Positions available daily.

Media / PR :
Media Intern (5 positions available)
Interns to help with various media projects leading up to the race as
well as each day during the event and follow up work.

Marketing Intern (5-10 positions available)
Interns to help with various marketing projects leading up to the race
as well as each day during the event and follow up work.

Results Runner (1-2 positions available each day)
You will work closely with the Media staff and race announcer to ensure
results and announcements are available in a timely manner

Venue Operations:
Registration Staff (8 positions available)
Registration staff are needed on Tuesday, April 25th in Dayton, and on
Sunday, April 30th in Waynesboro to assist with getting competitors
registered to race.  Organization and the ability to work well under
pressure are needed.

Prize Distribution Staff (8 positions available)
Prize Distributors assist with printing and distributing prize checks to
event competitors on Sunday, April 30th in Waynesboro.  Good math and
spreadsheet skills, organization, and ability to work well under
pressure are needed.

Host Housing
Volunteers are needed to provide simple host housing for some of our out
of town riders, for more information see our host housing page

All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, and one meal is provided
for every 4 hours worked.  Your efforts as a volunteer will help bring
economic benefit to the region and help raise awareness and finds for
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

For more information on the event, please visit our website at

9.) Publicity, Marketing and Other Volunteers, Interfaith Works
(Olympia, Wa.)

Interfaith Works (IW) is a non-profit association of faith communities
and individuals of diverse faith traditions. We have a long-standing
history of bringing the human and financial resources of our faith
communities together with business and government agencies for the
benefit of those in need.  We strive to participate in endeavors which
are relevant to the times in which we live, while maintaining our
identities as people of faith.

CROP Walk (May 6, 2007) – The 2007 CROP Walk Committee needs volunteers
to help with publicity, marketing, and registration of walkers on the
day of the Walk, May 6.  Call 357-7224 or 352-9703.
Volunteer needs:  3 committee members to help organize the walk.  Annual
commitment about 16 hours.

-One volunteer to solicit local corporate sponsors for the walk
-Faith Community Recruiters recruit & organize walkers from the faith
-Registration table volunteers work about 4 hours on the day of the walk

-2007 World Sacred Music Festival needs volunteers for lots of different
Volunteer needs:
Stage hands
Sound engineers
Program design
Site management
Public Relations
Performer relations
Volunteer management
and MORE! 

To get involved, or to request information about any program, please
call 357-7224, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. weekdays. 

10.) Marketing/Photography Volunteer, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the New York – New Jersey
Trail Conference (NYNJTC) are jointly sponsoring the biennial conference
of the ATC in 2007. This conference is the official meeting of the
members of ATC every two years at various locations near the Trail. But
it is much more than an official meeting. It is a chance to hike (lead
by experienced hikers from the area), learn new things in workshops,
network with old friends and establish new friends, go on excursions in
the area (historic, environmental, scenic, cultural), and be entertained
with good music, slide shows, and dancing.

To make the conference a success we will need a large number of
volunteers, some with quite specific skills and other volunteers with
skills that almost anyone can perform. More specific volunteer needs
will appear here. Tell us briefly what you would like to do. Your name
will go on a list of potential volunteers and you will be contacted at
an appropriate time. For instance we will need a lot of hike leaders but
not until late 2006 or early 2007.

Picture ferret – someone to either find or take pictures we can use in
printed materials and on the web that illustrate various aspects of the

Please contact,

11.) PR, Marketing and Outreach Volunteers, Sustainable Food Center
(Austin, Texas)

Sustainable Food Center (SFC) believes that every person deserves access
to fresh, nourishing food. By promoting a vibrant and sustainable local
Food System and teaching children and adults about eating healthfully,
SFC provides long-term solutions to hunger and diet-related diseases.
More than 20,000 Central Texans benefit from our programs annually.

Volunteers are what make Sustainable Food Center so successful! Every
year, SFC relies on the energy and time of hundreds of volunteers to
keep our programs going. Without their devotion, SFC would not be able
to help more than 20,000 Central Texans access healthy, affordable,
locally-grown food annually.

-AFM Information Booth Staff
Spend your Saturdays chatting with friends, enjoying farm fresh produce,
and educating people about the local food system by volunteering at the
AFM Information Booth, Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.

-Media and Public Relations Volunteers
Help promote the Austin Farmers' Market by writing media advisories and
public service announcements, create promotional materials, recruit
volunteers and conduct presentations at various community centers.
Volunteers will gain an understanding of the operation of a farmers'
market, develop invaluable skills in marketing and public relations,
stretch his/her creativity and meet local food growers.

-Marketing Volunteers
Work with SFC staff to develop and execute a marketing plan for The
Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre program materials: cookbook, nutrition
demonstrations, and cooking class series guides. Exercise your
creativity while teaching people about proper nutrition and helping to
foster a healthy local food system.

-Community and Youth Gardening:
Gardening Workshop Marketing Assistants
Assist SFC staff in developing and marketing new materials for organic
gardening workshops. Create user-friendly, educational materials for
adults and children, including creating graphics and layout design.
Knowledge of gardening is not necessary.

-Translators for Cookbooks, Workshop and Other Program Materials
Translate program materials from English to Spanish. Materials include
gardening workshop materials, cookbook information, farmers' market
fliers, website text and marketing materials. Help us ensure that all
community members in Austin have the resources to access healthy,
affordable, locally-grown food.

-Outreach and Booth Staff for Community Events
Help educate the community about the benefits and importance of locally
grown food, gardening, and proper nutrition. Be trained as a
representative for Sustainable Food Center to distribute information and
make presentations at community fairs and events.

-Public Relations Volunteers
Work with SFC's Development and Community Relations Director to develop
and implement an effective Public Relations plan. PR volunteers will
assist by updating media contact lists, writing press releases and media
advisories, coordinating press conferences and other media events

For more information or to volunteer, please attend our next Volunteer
Orientation Session on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:30-5:30PM at the SFC
office, 1106 Clayton Lane, Ste 480 W, Austin, TX 78723.

12.) Fundraising, Communications and Events Volunteers, Alexandria Red
Cross (Alexandria, Va.)

Volunteers remain the heart and soul of the Red Cross.  In fact, 98
percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteer-based.  Whether it is
during a local disaster, through an educational program or daily
community outreach, you can enrich your life and the lives you touch
through the Red Cross.  Your time and talents can make a difference in
the lives around you.

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without volunteers, we
would not be able to deliver programs and services to the residents of
the City of Alexandria. Public Relations
Volunteers help broadcast the Red Cross story to the community through
their skills with photography, writing, public speaking, graphic design
and other communication avenues.

-Fund Raising: Volunteers can also assist with various fundraising
activities throughout the year.

-Special Events: Volunteers are needed to plan and organize seasonal or
once-a-year events. Volunteers are also needed to work at the events.
The Waterfront Festival is the Chapter's largest fundraising event of
the year. It is a weekend long special event held each June featuring
headline musical entertainment, crafts, Tall Ships, restaurants, health
exhibits and all around family fun. Visit our Waterfront Festival link
to get more information.

If you would like information about volunteering please contact,
Christine Hutchinson at 703-549-8300 ext. 215. Learn more at:

13.) Various Marketing, Event, and PR Opportunities, Forté Foundation
(Austin, Texas)

Forté Foundation is a consortium of major corporations, top business
schools, and influential nonprofit organizations that in only three
years has become a powerful change agent in educating and directing
talented women toward leadership roles in business.

The Forté volunteer network is a critical part of our continued growth
and success.  Over 200 women from across the country have already signed
up to be part of our volunteer network and help Forté with a variety of
action-oriented projects.  Join the Forté team — help us help you!

-Event Support Work with the Program Coordinator and Event Support Team
Captain to develop national and local outreach efforts to drive
attendance at all Forté events.  Support pre-event planning and
logistics, post-event follow-up and help with onsite event management
needs (i.e. registration table, greeters/hosts, etc).  Forté events
include the Forté Forums in the fall, Leadership Launch in the fall,
Executive Roundtable in the spring and Scholar and Intern Symposium in
the summer.

Project timeframe:  Intermittent; majority of work will be done two
months prior to event and at event
Time commitment:  At least 4 hours per month is required.

If you have questions about volunteering for the Event Support group,
please email the Volunteer Coordinator at

-Local Network Development Serve as a Regional Coordinator working to
grow and build the network of women leaders in your city to take place
in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.  You will be responsible for
organizing small regional networking events and socials twice a year in
your city.  These events could include happy hours, luncheons,
roundtable discussions, fundraisers, etc. 

Project timeframe:  May/November
Time commitment:  Majority of work will be done up to two months prior
to event:  Please expect to contribute 5 hours per month prior to event
and two hours per month in off-peak time.

If you have questions about volunteering for the Local Network
Development group, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at

-Brand Promotion Work with Marketing Director to help promote the Forté
brand message and Forté
events by serving as an ambassador between Forté and various publics. 
Specifically you will be responsible for sending Forté specific messages
out to your network. (i.e. co-workers, family members, friends, etc). 
You may be asked to visit local colleges and clubs to talk about
business careers (training required; 1-2 hour online training session to
be offered monthly). 

Project timeframe:  Ongoing
Time commitment:  At least 4 hours per month is required.

If you have questions about volunteering for the Brand Promotion group,
please email the Volunteer Coordinator at

-General Marketing Research Collect interesting articles, fun facts and
quotes and research helpful books and web site links, etc. for the Forté
web site and newsletter. 

Project timeframe:  Ongoing
Time commitment:  At least 4 hours per month is required.

To contact the Forté Foundation by email, please use: To contact the Forté Foundation by phone,
please call: 1-512-535-5157.

14.) Various Marketing, PR and Animal Caretaker Positions, Quincy Animal
Shelter (Quincy, Mass.)

The Quincy Animal Shelter is always looking for new Volunteers that are
needed to:
Walk dogs
Train and socialize dogs
Feed and play with cats
Clean the kennels, cat crates, and/or cat rooms
Assist with feeding/Feral Cat program
Help with laundry (we have a washer and dryer on site)
Provide temporary Foster Care for recovering or special needs animals
Provide office assistance (even from your own home!)
Work as adoption representatives

-Help with Marketing and Public Relations. Contribute to our newsletter
“The Scoop”. Be a liaison to the local newspapers and cable stations.
Maintain our bulletin boards at area businesses. Bring us your ideas! If
you want to join the Marketing Committee, please contact our MARKETING
CHAIR at 617-376-1349 or by email at

-Help with Fundraising. Assist with Shelter events such as our annual
Paws in the Park Dog Walk, Yard Sales, etc. Bring us your ideas for
other events. If you want to join the Fundraising Committee, please
contact our FUNDRAISING CHAIR at 617-376-1349 or by email at

-Help with our Foster Care program. If you are interested or can help in
any way with our Foster Care program, please contact our FOSTER CARE
COORDINATOR at 617-376-1349 or email her at

Do you have a special skill (Fundraising? Photography? Writing?
Construction? Obedience Training? Gardening?) or are you interested in
Volunteering for any of the above tasks? If so, please print out our
Volunteer Application and drop it off at the Shelter during regular
adoption hours, or mail it to Quincy Animal Shelter, PO Box 88, Quincy,
MA 02169-0088. Contact the our VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR at 617-376-1349 or
by email at with any questions.

15.) PR Volunteer, Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
(Hartford, Conn.)
Basic Function: Assist in promotion of Center activities/special events
by distributing literature throughout the community.


– Self-starter
– Good communication & interpersonal skills . Familiarity with
respective community
– Understand the mission & vision of CCAR

Duties & Responsibilities:

– Post materials (flyers, brochures, & posters) throughout community .
Monitor distribution of materials (pick up & refill as needed) .
Organize materials (dates, time-sensitive)

This opportunity is sponsored by: Connecticut Community For Addiction
Recovery (CCAR)

For more information and contact information, go to:

*** Special Holiday Helping Hands Section  

1.) Volunteers, Maryland Food Bank (Baltimore)

Volunteers are needed year round Monday through Friday for two to three
hour sessions between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. Sign up is essential. 
Please call Barbara Craig at 410-737-8282, extension 232, to schedule
your individual or group work session.  Do not hesitate to call twice or
to email Barbara at

Maryland Food Bank volunteers sort and pack nearly two million pounds of
food each year donated through food drives and as salvage. From
corporate employees to community members to students, we work with a
variety of volunteers. Our ongoing opportunities and special projects
offer rewarding, hands-on opportunities for individuals and volunteer
groups.  We offer Community Service hours and accept the need for
court-ordered hours.

While volunteers are critical to our food distribution network, we also
want the experience to be memorable and offer team-building experiences.
The volunteer experience provided by the Maryland Food Bank offers you:

– A memorable and fulfilling experience, while giving back to the
– An opportunity to develop leadership and team building skills
– A place to meet great people from all walks of life

Volunteer Contact:
Barbara Craig
Volunteer Coordinator                          
410-737-8282 x232         

2.) United Cerebral Palsy of South Central PA (Various Locations,
Southern Penn.)

Holiday gift wrappers are needed for shifts at the North Hanover Mall
and York Galleria between Thanksgiving and Christmas during mall hours.
Contact: Kim Clapper, 632-5552

3.) Volunteer Performers (Montgomery County, Md.)

We're looking for fresh entertainment! If you have theatrical or musical
talent or can provide a slide show and/or lecture on a topic of general
interest to seniors, here is your chance to share your talent with an
appreciative audience. Montgomery County Department of Recreation,
Senior Programs, is always on the lookout for individuals or groups who
would enjoy volunteering their time to entertain groups of seniors in
our Neighborhood Senior Programs. Performance opportunities are
typically Monday through Friday during daytime hours (with a very few
evening or weekend opportunities) and may be arranged through Vivian
Portner by calling 301-657-0627.

4.) Decorators, Lutheran Social Service, Metro Home & Community Services
(Shoreview, Minn.)

Help brighten the holidays for persons with disabilities by decorating
their home for the holidays. Your family or group would provide
non-flammable decorations and spend a few hours putting them up in our
residential homes in various metro area locations. Times and locations
are flexible to fit your group/family needs. Lutheran Social Service
staff will be present to help and serve Christmas cookies. Contact:
Joyce Hagen, (651) 485-2592

5.) Gift Wrappers, Western PA Humane Society (Pittsburgh Area)

This is a huge fund-raiser for the Western PA Humane Society.  We shared
close to $20,000 last year with Paws With  A Cause, who partners with us
for this holiday fund-raiser.  We need a LOT of volunteers, because the
event runs from Friday, November 24th to Christmas Eve, December 24th. 
We have three shifts a day, and need two to four volunteers for each
shift.  In the final weeks before Christmas, it gets CRAZY, and we need
about six volunteers per shift.  Please consider signing up for at least
one shift this holiday season.  It's a lot of fun socializing with
shoppers and fellow volunteers, and there is never a dull moment!  We
provide all of the gift-wrapping supplies-all we need is your smiling
face!  You may bring a friend or two; volunteers for this event do not
have to be “official” Humane Society volunteers. Please contact Chris
Whyle, 412 321-4625 x 221

*** Weekly Fun Report:

Volunteer Usher – 2007 Rhode Island International Film Festival

The 2007 Rhode Island International Film Festival! RIIFF
( is the largest film
festival in New England, and utilizes over 150 volunteers. Thanks for
your help! In exchange, we want you to see films, so RIIFF is providing
one movie voucher for every two hours you volunteer. Learn more on the
Voucher Information page.

RIIFF uses volunteers in almost every area of the festival from special
events to print traffic. We welcome your help in all these areas. Since
this is an entertainment/arts field, one of our biggest needs is for
ushers. Ushers are on site at the venues doing everything from tearing
tickets to selling merchandise. To find out more about ushering, check
out the What is Ushering? page.

After you have sent us your 2007 Volunteer Application with valid email
address, we will send you a user name and password to use our new
internet volunteer system. At that time, you can log in and sign up for
usher shifts as well as view the shifts you are already signed up for!

For more information please call our Volunteer Hotline number at
401.861.4445 or email

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