January 9, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week


January 9, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for
others?'”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to another week of VJOTW!

The 2007 Martin Luther Day of Service will take place January 15.
According to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website
(http://www.mlkday.gov/about/overview/index.asp):

“The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily
meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to
better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to
recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.

Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the
past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging
in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools
and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on
Dr. King's life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day
continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the
community year-round.”

If you have the day off work, consider volunteering for a project on
this special day. You can find more information on how to volunteer in
your area athttp://www.mlkday.gov/about/how/index.asp

Happy Volunteering!

Heather and Rachel
VJOTWnews@gmail.com

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch

1.) Health Advocacy Fellow, Medicare Rights Center (NYC)
2.) Various Web, Graphics and Editorial Positions, Conservation Value
(San Francisco)
3.) PR/Marketing Volunteer, Chamber of Commerce for Individuals with
DisAbilities (Virtual Opportunity)
4.) Various Marketing, Research and Writing Positions, International
Museum of Women (San Francisco and Virtual
5.) Various Museum Operations and Fundraising Positions, The Montshire
Museum of Science (Norwich, Vermont)
6.) Various Volunteer Positions, FINCA (Washington, D.C.)
7.) Marketing, Event and Writing Positions, Red Cross (Greater Chicago)
8.) Advertising coordinator's assistant, Prince Georges Feral Friends,
SPCA, Inc. (Bowie, Md.)
9.) Graphic / Web Design, The Revolving Museum (Lowell, Mass.)
10.) Various Positions, Coastal Pet Rescue (Savannah, Ga.)
11.) Marketing / Graphic Design Volunteer Opportunity, Common Impact
(Cambridge Mass.)
12.) Outreach Marketing Volunteer, North County Lifeline (Vista, Calif.)
13.) Various Volunteer and Intern Opportunities, World Vision (Federal
Way, Wash. and other)
14.) PR Volunteer, Circle Tail, (Virtual Opportunity based in Pleasant
Plain, Ohio)

*** Weekly Fun Report

Now, on with opportunities…

*** One Paragraph Pitch:
*** And onto this week’s volunteer opportunities…

Trained Volunteer Position, RAINN (Nationwide)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest
anti-sexual assault organization and operates the National Sexual
Assault Hotline. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault,
help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. The
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, also operated by RAINN, provides
live, secure, anonymous, instant message-style crisis support to the
growing number of people who prefer communicating via the Internet —
giving those affected by sexual assault a safe place to turn when they
can’t find their voice. Visit rainn.org for more info.

-Be part of something new and exciting! Interact with experts and other
volunteers from across the country
– Schedule your own shifts online for as short as an hour
-Provide a safe and secure place for victims of sexual assault and abuse

Responsibilities:
-Be on time for shifts scheduled using the Online Hotline website
-Follow computer safety best practices learned in the online training
-Remain supportive and engaged with visitors
-Provide accurate support using crisis intervention best practices
-Volunteer a minimum of 6 hours a month

Qualifications:
-Complete an Online Hotline training course facilitated by RAINN
-Complete a criminal background check (completed by RAINN at no cost to
you)

How to get started: Visit www.rainn.org/ohldemo/volunteers/
<http://www.rainn.org/ohldemo/volunteers/>  and enter jenw@rainn.org
into the webform at the end of the walkthrough

***Now, this week's opportunities…

1.) Health Advocacy Fellow, Medicare Rights Center (NYC)
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is a national, nonprofit organization that
helps older people and people with disabilities get good affordable
health care through direct service, education and advocacy initiatives.
MRC is the largest independent source of Medicare information in the
United States.

MRC seeks recent college graduates for one-year or two-year Health
Advocacy Fellowships to work in our Manhattan offices, beginning in June
or July of 2007. The Fellows work closely with experienced senior staff.

The Fellows' responsibilities include

providing information, assistance and referrals to people with Medicare,
their caregivers and professionals; intervening on behalf of clients to
help resolve denials of care, delays in care, lack of access to
specialty care, and/or the delivery of inadequate care;
Developing cases and representing clients at administrative hearings;
helping develop information and referral resources for clients, and
guiding them to those resources; researching and writing about
Medicare-related topics; speaking at community meetings; collaborating
with community organizations, advocacy organizations, and government
agencies.

Fellows will also work on other projects within the organization as
necessary (versatility is a must!). The Fellowships are ideal for
individuals with career interests in law, medicine, social work, or
public and healthcare policy. Spanish speaking preferred. The stipend is
$28,000 per year with good benefits.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, resume and writing
sample no longer than three pages in length to:
Rachel Bennett
Grant and Budget Writer
Medicare Rights Center
1460 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-3532 (fax)
rbennett@medicarerights.org

WEBSITE: http://www.medicarerights.org

Please indicate the type of Fellowship you seek (health advocacy,
education, or marketing).

2.) Various Web, Graphics and Editorial Positions, Conservation Value
(San Francisco)
Conservation Value currently seeks several interns and volunteers to
join our team as we work to (1) complete the development and launch of a
new and unique online sustainability information clearinghouse and (2)
partner with the San Francisco Green Apple Music and Arts Festival to
develop their sustainability initiatives.

The ideal candidates for the below positions will be passionate about
sustainability, reliable and hard working, and will have a strong
interest in helping to achieve Conservation Value's mission.

Intern and volunteer positions are unpaid, but we are happy to work with
top candidates to secure donations, grants and fellowships to support
their work. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Positions are in the following areas, with current priority needs in web
development, graphic design and editorial:

– Business & Finance – Assist with business and strategic planning,
including the planning and development of revenue streams to finance the
organization's activities. Assist in the development and maintenance of
business-related web site content, including linking to high quality
articles and tip sheets and authoring of original articles and blog
posts.

– Web Site and Database Development and Administration. Also Web and
Graphic design – Two to three separate needs (which can be met by the
same person, but don't need to be): (1-2) A database developer and
administrator, and (3) a web and graphic designer. Aspiring programmers
and designers interested in gaining valuable experience and exposure for
their work, and making key connections in the sustainability field
encouraged to apply.

– Marketing & Publicity – Help ensure that the public is aware of and
uses CV that users become paying members and donors, and purchase our
merchandise. Help develop and manage Conservation Value's image,
branding and promotions, including as part of our work with the 2007 San
Francisco Green Apple Music and Arts Festival.

– Editorial -Content Development, Writing, Editing, Graphic Design –
Sustainability and conservation mavens (from writers to scientists to
business experts) sought to assist with and help oversee the development
and maintenance of web site and database content, writing, editing,
graphic design, layout and production of marketing, fundraising, and
other organizational materials.

Interested candidates should email resume, cover letter, and references
to info@conservationvalue.org

We encourage candidates to answer the following questions in your cover
letter: What are your career goals and how would this internship help
you achieve them? What kind of course work and experience do you have
that would make you a valuable intern in your position? In what areas
are you most interested in gaining experience?

3.) PR/Marketing Volunteer, Chamber of Commerce for Individuals with
DisAbilities (Virtual Opportunity)
The Chamber is a national consumer volunteer organization that uses
business principles to improve the economic status of individuals with
disabilities, who are disadvantaged, or who are unemployed. CCID's
'Social Entrepreneurial' Business Model is not offering a “hand-out”,
but simply a “hand-up” by enabling disAbled, disadvantaged, and
unemployed individual. CCID was incorporated in 11/08/1996, has
maintained an Internet presence since 12/24/1997, and has received a
501(C)3 tax-exempt status in 01/17/2001. Please feel free to visit and
learn more about www.DisAbledButAble.com.

Public Relations/ Marketing Director: Volunteer to draft a national
marketing business plan that will include: 1. creating mailing materials
to solicit donations or grants 2. Creating a company brochure 3.
Initiating contacts with potential donors or sponsors. Please send your
current resume to insure the most appropriate placement. This is a
Virtual Volunteer Position so location is unimportant.

Volunteer Member Application is available at:http://www.chamber4us.org/membership/membership.aspx

Chamber of Commerce for Individuals with DisAbilities
(DisAbled but ABLE Associates)
PO Box 222008
Dallas, Texas 75222-2008
Email: ccidinfo@chamber4us.org

4.) Various Marketing, Research and Writing Positions, International
Museum of Women (San Francisco and Virtual)
The mission of the International Museum of Women is to value the lives
of women around the world.

Vision: We envision a world where all voices are heard and valued
equally and each person is treated with respect and dignity; a society
free from inequality, oppression and discrimination, where each person
is in control of her/his own destiny and where people work together to
find peaceful resolution to conflict. We will contribute to this world
by amplifying the voices of women through history, the arts and cultural
programs that educate, create dialogue, build community, and inspire
action.  With our commitment to cultural change, the Museum advances the
human right to gender equity worldwide.

*Researcher: Our popular Speaker Series is in need of one or two
researchers to assist in booking speakers for our third season.
Necessary skills: Experience working with publishers, and or speaker
bureaus a plus. Good oral and written communication skills a must. Time
commitment: 2-4 hours weekly

*Experienced Grant Writer (2-4 positions available): Grant writers
assist staff in securing educational and operational funds. Necessary
skills: Experience in grant writing for educational or operational funds
is mandatory, computer literacy in research, Excel, and Word is
preferred. Time Commitment: 3-10 hours per week, ongoing

*Marketing Assistant: One person needed to assist our Vice President of
Marketing in the day-to-day details of letting folks know locally,
nationally, and internationally what's going on in the Museum.

Necessary skills: Direct marketing campaign experience, plus knowledge
of Microsoft Office and Outlook a plus; media and advertising experience
a must
Time commitment: 20 hours per month

*Freelance Writer: The Museum is seeking a volunteer to write marketing
and public relations collateral, press releases, brochures, fact sheets,
and website content.  Volunteer will gain experience writing for an
international audience, as well as experience tailoring their writing to
suit different age groups.

Necessary skills: Critical thinking skills needed to distill writing
down for varied audiences; seasoned in writing, preferably with
experience in writing public relations collateral. Time commitment:
flexible, can work from home

Fill out the volunteer application:http://www.imow.org/getinvolved/volunteer_form.php

Phone: 1.415.543.IMOW (4669)
Fax: 1.415.543.4668
Email: info@imow.org

5.) Various Museum Operations and Fundraising Positions, The Montshire
Museum of Science (Norwich, Vermont)
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum located in Norwich,
Vermont, offering dozens of exciting exhibits relating to the natural
and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located
on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the Museums' outdoor
environment is a large part of the visitor experience. Science Park is a
two-acre exhibit area in a beautiful, park-like setting. Also outside is
a network of easy-to-moderate walking trails for visitors of all ages
and fitness levels. The Montshire Museum is an official visitor center
for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

*Office volunteers work with Museum staff behind-the-scenes on a variety
of tasks, depending on their skills and interests. Possibilities
include: answering the phone, mailings, and public relations projects.
Time commitment: varies.

*Auction volunteers handle a wide variety of jobs for this important
annual (May) event, including asking for donations from businesses and
individuals, decorations and set-up, and helping on Auction night. Time
commitment: up to 4-6 hours/week during January to May.

*Magic Carpet volunteers organize a popular series of monthly luncheons
(October-March) that feature guest speakers and regional menus.
Volunteers line up the speakers, select appropriate menus, prepare the
food at home, set-up and serve at the Museum, and coordinate
reservations. Time commitment: 6-10 hours/luncheon.

If you'd like to find out more about volunteer activities at the
Montshire, call 802-649-2200, or send e-mail to
linda.gray@montshire.org.

6.) Various Volunteer Positions, FINCA (Washington, D.C.)
Loans—at market rates of interest—are the central service provided by
the village banking method. FINCA
(http://www.villagebanking.org/vbank.htm) offers loans, not grants, to
low-income microentrepreneurs, because at the root of their poverty is
lack of opportunity, not lack of desire to work. While many poor
families have ideas for fostering their own employment by creating small
businesses, few can access the capital they need to begin. They are
excluded from conventional financial sources (e.g., commercial banks)
because they lack credit ratings and assets to pledge as collateral.
Even a small loan can stimulate productivity, enabling the
microentrepreneur to build assets and purchase inventory at the best
prices. By investing the loan and increasing his or her business as a
result, the borrower reaps an additional reward—increased self-esteem
through self-help.

Volunteers contribute significantly to FINCA's work. Our volunteers help
with a variety of projects and assignments both at our headquarters in
the United States and at our affiliate offices in developing countries
in Latin America, Africa, and Eurasia. Your generous donation of time in
the areas of Human Resources, Administration, Finance, Legal, Marketing,
or Information Technology helps advance our mission to alleviate poverty
worldwide.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at FINCA, please
e-mail your resume and a description of your interests to
volunteers@villagebanking.org

7.) Marketing, Event and Writing Positions, Red Cross (Greater Chicago)
The following are available at the American Red Cross of Greater
Chicago:
– Marketing Coordinator: The Marketing Coordinator will work closely
with the Marketing Outreach Manager to execute and coordinate different
off-line and on-line marketing plans and content development.  This
person will also establish on-going partner relationships with outside
vendors who would be willing to assist the American Red Cross of Greater
Chicago in executing the chapter's marketing needs on an on-going basis.
2 days a week, 3-4 hours per day.

-Health Fair and Event Coordinator/ Office Support: Develop and execute
plans for any Red Cross event from health fairs to chapter events.
Assist in scheduling speaking engagements for speaker's bureau or senior
leadership board. Act as point-person for Event Go-Kit requests and
ensure all kits are up-to-date with general materials as well as
department-requested materials. Work on website updates as needed,
including changes in copy and images. Assist in implementation of Phase
2 of new website. Provide support for various marketing and public
relations activities that involve logistics support, research, and
archiving.  Check web email on a regular basis, especially during local
disaster operations. Forward email inquiries that are received to the
appropriate department contact. Work with the Marketing Communications
staff to help craft messages. Work with the MC Staff to make an updated
standard message reply folder. Ability to come in 2-4 days per week, as
needed.

-Writer, Marketing and Communications
With the guidance of the Communications Manager, craft copy for:
Newsletters, Annual report, www.chicagoredcross.org web site, Other
projects as assigned; this may include interviewing Red Cross
volunteers, staff and partners for stories and crafting internal
communication pieces. 1-2 days a week, 6-8 hours a week.

Interested individuals should contact the People Resources Department at
312-729-6222.

8.) Advertising coordinator's assistant, Prince Georges Feral Friends,
SPCA, Inc. (Bowie, Md.)
Using schedule information provided by other volunteers, arrange for
placement of ads in local publications for adoption shows and similar
events. Also maintain contact with other organizations' advertising
staff to share event information. Draft public service announcements
either from models provided or as original material for use in TV and
radio spots.

Skills: Some writing ability is a plus; ability to follow schedules and
good telephone skills are needed. Work often involves planning to be
sure copy meets varying standards for publication and working to
deadline, but some ads can be placed via the WWW. Willingness to make
and maintain contact with local reporters on behalf of the organization
is highly desirable. Applicant must be a cat-fancier with an
appreciation of feral cats, and an interest in holistic cat care or
willingness to learn.

Timothy Saffell (President)
Phone:  (301) 262-6452
Website: www.pgferals.org

9.) Graphic / Web Design, The Revolving Museum (Lowell, Mass.)
The Revolving Museum is a community arts organization located in Lowell
whose mission is to serve Lowell's underserved young people through an
array of experiential education and public art programs. It was founded
in twelve abandoned railroad cars in 1984 by Jerry Beck, an artist with
an extensive history creating public artworks with community and youth.
Originally an artists' collaborative located in Boston, the RM moved to
Lowell in 2002 and obtained its own building at that time as well. Since
its arrival in Lowell the RM has forged an array of successful
partnerships and collaborative relationships with local banks and
businesses, City of Lowell agencies, social service organizations and a
diversity of grassroots and other groups.

The Revolving Museum has several projects where a graphic design
volunteer would be very helpful. On-going projects include creating
marketing tools such as PowerPoint presentations to support programs and
initiatives, brochures and other promotional print pieces. The Museum is
also looking to redesign its website and electronic monthly newsletter,
and a volunteer with these skills could work on either of these
projects. Other graphic design needs include providing graphic elements
for the monthly e-newsletter, stationary templates, business cards,
thank you cards, invitations and signage. Volunteers can be involved
with print production including selecting print vendors, preparing print
files, and conducting press checks. The Museum also has 20-years worth
of artwork documentation in the form of slides and digital images that
need organizing. This would entail scanning 35mm slides and adding to a
digital image library. The volunteer would work directly with the key
staff of the museum – the artistic director, administrative director and
gallery manager. All volunteer design will be credited in print and on
electronic media. This is a great way to build your portfolio!
Volunteers should have some formal training in graphic design, knowledge
of Dream Weaver software and Photoshop Design Suite software. Note that
we are a PC based organization.

Web Site: http://www.revolvingmuseum.org

10.) Various Positions, Coastal Pet Rescue (Savannah, Ga.)
Coastal Pet Rescue is in need of pet foster parents; a volunteer
coordinator, a CPA; volunteers for fund-raising events; a public
relations/marketing coordinator; a trainer/behaviorist who can help with
pets that have been abused and neglected or otherwise need attention;
pre-adoption interviewers; and volunteers to assist on adoption days.

For more information, call (912) 351-4151 or visitwww.coastalpetrescue.org.

11.) Marketing / Graphic Design Volunteer Opportunity, Common Impact
(Cambridge Mass.)
Common Impact connects Marketing and Graphic Design professionals with
nonprofit organizations to complete a discrete marketing or branding
project. Typical projects include: developing new marketing materials,
updating an organization's identity, or designing a market research
study.

Over the past six years, we've provided professional services worth more
than $5 million to the community. Our volunteers appreciate that we make
it easy for them to make a big impact. In the words of one former
volunteer: “I'm always trying to look for different volunteer
opportunities, but with my schedule, it's hard to do something after
work. This was perfect — I could integrate my work skills and help out.
I found that it was a great opportunity to leverage my time better.” In
order to serve our nonprofit clients most effectively, Common Impact
forms relationships with companies rather than individual volunteers. If
you currently work at one of our partner companies (Fidelity
Investments, Cisco Systems, State Street Corporation, or BEA Systems)
and are interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity,
please contact us directly.

If you work for another company that you feel would be a good fit for
our program, please contact Lesley Edwards (ledwards@commonimpact.org)
for more information on how to get involved.

For more information, call (912) 351-4151 or visitwww.coastalpetrescue.org.

12.) Outreach Marketing Volunteer, North County Lifeline (Vista, Calif.)
North County Lifeline is a non-profit, human service agency serving the
communities of north San Diego county. We are looking for a volunteer to
help with outreach for our Free Tax Preparation Program for low income
families and individuals in Vista and Oceanside. Duties: Inform the
communities of the free income tax preparation service. Distribute
flyers in local Vista and Oceanside stores, markets, churches,
affordable housing complexes, etc. Help us reach out to those in need!
Flexible scheduling; prefer Tuesdays or Thursdays 12pm-4pm.

Contact: Jessica Nowlin
Phone:  (760) 726.4900

13.) Various Volunteer and Intern Opportunities, World Vision (Federal
Way, Wash. and other)
Volunteer opportunities are available with World Vision's US
headquarters in Federal Way, Washington, as well as with offices around
the country: the Gifts-in-kind Distribution Center in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania and Denver, Colorado, and Artist Associate events across
the United States. Volunteers serve an average of 3-16 hours per week.
World Vision does not currently send volunteers overseas.

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization
dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach
their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.

Volunteer or Intern in Federal Way, WA: Volunteers and interns at World
Vision's U.S. headquarters in Federal Way, Washington, serve in a
variety of departments — Church Relations, Domestic Programs, Finance,
Human Resources, Internet Services, Magazine, Marketing and
Communications, Public Relations, and Corporate Services — with various
jobs at different skill levels. We will try to match your unique talents
and skills with the specific needs of our organization.

Internships provide college students the opportunity to apply their
knowledge and skills gained from academic study to a planned and
supervised work environment including weekly intern gatherings. Interns
learn hands on about nonprofit development work and World Vision's
ministry.

To volunteer or intern at World Vision US headquarters, send an e-mail
to
vol-int@worldvision.org.

Opportunities throughout the United States: To learn more about
volunteer or intern opportunities in World Vision's offices such as
Washington, D.C., Chicago or Los Angeles, send an e-mail to
vol-int@worldvision.org.

14.) PR Volunteer, Circle Tail, (Virtual Opportunity based in Pleasant
Plain, Ohio)
Circle Tail, Inc. was established in 1997 to provide high quality
assistance dogs to people with mobility, hearing, neurologic or
psychiatric disabilities and promote the human-canine bond in the
community by providing dog adoptions, obedience training, behavior
management and boarding services.

Circle Tail, Inc. receives our dogs through donations; we do not have
our own breeding program. Careful selection of puppies and young adults
from unwanted litters, shelters, and rescues, not only helps people with
disabilities, but also provides purpose to an unwanted dog's life.

Description: Circle Tail, Inc. is a small organization that provides
valuable services to the community. The more people who know about us,
the more people and animals we help! We are seeking a volunteer who can
take charge of PR for Circle Tail. Responsibilities include submitting
and following up on press releases and other media activities, and
actively promoting Circle Tail in the community. This is a good
opportunity that can be done at home for those who wish they could help,
but live too far away.

Contact: Tracy Desch (President)
Phone:  (513) 877-3325
Website: www.circletail.org

*** Weekly Fun Report:
Polar Bear Plunge (Baltimore)
The 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge is inviting you to the “coolest” event
of the year. On Jan. 27, join the folks from the Maryland State Police
and area celebs for the big jump into the Chesapeake Bay to raise money
for Special Olympics Maryland.  To register call 410-789-6677 extension
503 or log onto
www.somd.org and click Plunge to get your sponsorship
sheet.

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