January 23, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

January 23, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of
Albert Einstein

Good morning!

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, about 61.2 million
people volunteered between September 2005 and September 2006, which
represents about 27 percent of the population. So who are these people?
Well, a recent 'study' (it's in parentheses because the study was only
45 college students) found that altruism can be traced to a certain part
of the brain, and that seemed fascinating. So, for those of us who
regularly look for ways to give back, it seems it may be part of our
hard wiring. This just might explain why we enjoy signing up for every
opportunity there is out there – we're just born to help. It much nicer
to think of it that way, than we're crazy J  There's more in the article
if you're interested at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16740765/

So, if anyone asks why you do so much, it's just your nature to give.
Take a look at this week's opportunities and see if anything strikes
your fancy. As always, please share with others who may be interested.

Have a great week!

Heather and RachelVJOTWnews@gmail.com
In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
*** Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
1.) Communications Committee, March of Dimes (East Syracuse, New York)
2.) Administration and Outreach, MAPLight (Berkeley, CA)
3.) Photography Project Assistant, NYChildren (Brooklyn, NY)
4.) Events Manager, Arab-American Family Support Center (Brooklyn, New
5.) Washington Heights Outreach Coordinator, CORNER Project (New York)
6.) Events Volunteers, Best Buddies (McLean, Va)
7.) Fundraiser, Public Relations, On Site, Board Member, ASAP Homeless
Services (St. Petersburg, FL)
8.) Creative Writing Mentor, WriteGirl (Los Angeles, CA)
9.) Graphic design, public relations, Urban & Rural Minority Pilots
Association (Columbia, SC)
10.) Marketing and Public Relation Volunteers, Dress for Success,
(Hartford, Conn.)
11.) Public Relations Planner Volunteer, Social Health Education
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
12.) Special Events Volunteers, National Zoo (DC)
13.) Grantwriter/Fundraiser, Honormy (New York, NY)

*** Weekly Fun Report

Drum roll please ..

*** One Paragraph Pitch:

Get involved year round! DCYP, DC Metro Young Professionals Kiwanis
Club, is DC's premier service organization geared towards young
professionals. As a member of Kiwanis International, DCYP is committed
to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Over the past year, DCYP has volunteered over 1,500 hours and impacted
the lives of many around the DC area. With approximately 3 to 4 service
projects each month, young professionals are given the opportunity to
see and create the change they envision in their community.

In addition to service, DCYP also focuses on social and networking. With
more than 250,000 Kiwanis members across the world, and hundreds within
the DC area, DCYP offers those interested in networking a unique

If you're interested in learning more about DCYP, please visit our
website at www.dcypkiwanis.org

*** In today's listing we have .
1.) Communications Committee, March of Dimes (East Syracuse, New York)

Carry out and help evaluate the success of the Communications Plan
-Mission awareness — specifically promoting the prematurity campaign
-WalkAmerica marketing
-March of Dimes image/identity
-Special events publicity

Help facilitate community advertising, corporate communications,
publicity and media promotions.

Transition into a subcommittee leadership role, as well as recruit and
train new committee members.

Support the Division Director in national PSA dissemination.

Provide assistance with strengthening and maintaining media partnerships
in major markets.

Assist in volunteer education and recognition activities.

Recruit a replacement committee member when term is complete.

How to Apply:
For more information, email rgilmansnell@marchofdimes.com, or call

2.) Administration and Outreach, MAPLight (Berkeley, CA)

Help us create a groundbreaking online resource to provide unprecedented
govt. transparency around the influence of campaign financing on
legislation. MAPLight.org is a mashup of campaign finance data with the
legislative record. We need a few volunteers to help us get ready for
our national launch in May. For a sense of what's to come check out our
website: http://www.maplight.org/

How to Apply:
Email Andrew (Andrew@maplight.org) with a note including times during
the week when you are available (preferably between 9 – 5), skills that
you can contribute,. and any background about yourself (e.g. why are you
interested in this project, what do you hope to get out of volunteering
with us, etc.)

3.) Photography Project Assistant, NYChildren (Brooklyn, NY)

NYChildren is a positive and fun project that involves photographing one
child from every country on earth. The twist is that every child needs
to currently live in New York City. Note: Photographs at http://www.nychildren.org speak best for the project so check out the
slide show at the site — you will be entertained.

General assistance is wanted. Specifically, helping with general
communications with families that are already a part of NYChildren

Our office is located at the International Center for Tolerance
Education in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Work can also be done remotely from home,
school or elsewhere.

Please contact us via email: dannygoldfield@nychildren.org

4.) Events Manager, Arab-American Family Support Center (Brooklyn, New

Reporting to the Manager of Development, The Events Manager has
responsibility for initiating, directing, and managing agency
fund-raising events. The Events Manager is a volunteer position
requiring a commitment of 5 hours/week.

Functional Responsibilities:

· Oversees direction, coordination, and implementation of AAFSC's major
special events. Takes primary responsibility for coordination of AAFSC's
Annual Gala and ensure successful coordination of other special events.
· Works closely with AAFSC's Executive Director and Manager of
Development in identifying and soliciting prospective event
· Manages event staff and distribution of work to ensure successful
event production.
· Tracks event participation, donations, demographics, and other
pertinent data to ensure goals are met and to provide historical data
for planning future events.
· Solicits and appraises bids and awards contracts for events and other
activities within the position's responsibility.
· Attends & staffs all relevant meetings and events-related committees.
Provides leadership to AAFSC's Gala Steering Committee.
· Conducts research on fund-raising events to enhance effectiveness of
AAFSC's events.
· Identifies appropriate volunteer roles and supervises volunteers in
performing their tasks.
· Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
· Two-three years of professional experience coordinating fund-raising
or community events.
· Substantive experience supervising staff and volunteers.
· Very strong organizational and analytical skills.
· Strong leadership skills; ability to motivate people and inspire
· Experience developing, implementing, and monitoring detailed work
plans for events and other relevant activities.
· Excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Bachelor's degree or combination of education and relevant experience
necessary to perform job duties.
· Creative thinker with ability to take events to the next level.
· Excellent writing and editing skills and phone communication skills.
· Experience with budgeting and budget management for events.
· Experience with marketing and media relations.
· Excellent speaking and public presentation abilities.
· Experience in and commitment to team approach both within an
organizational division and throughout an organization.
· Sensitivity to cultural and personal differences in age, ethnicity,
and lifestyle

How to Apply:
Please email cover letters and resumes to jobs@aafscny.org; or fax to
718 643 8167.

5.) Washington Heights Outreach Coordinator, CORNER Project (New York)

The Washington Heights CORNER Project is looking for an individual who
is interested in promoting harm reduction and needle exchange in the
neighborhood of Washington Heights.

We are looking for a past or present resident who is knowledgeable of
the Washington Heights community in aspects including but not limited
to; politics, health, drug use, drug culture, homelessness, grassroots
politics and organizing, church life and culture, as well as the
historical culture and politics of the residential base.

This is an excellent opportunity to be integral to the success of an
emerging progressive organization dedicated to improving drug user
health and the health of others engaged in high-risk practices.

Please see http://www.cornerproject.org to learn more about WHCP.

How to Apply:
Please send inquiries to: Jamie Favaro – jamie@cornerproject.org

6.) Events Volunteers, Best Buddies (McLean, Va)

Best Buddies Virginia has several projects and events throughout the
year including a Valentine's Day Dance, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Reston
Town Center Bike Ride, Life is Sweet Pastry Showcase, etc.

We are constantly in need of volunteers to help at these events to run
registration, raffle tickets, meet and greets, etc.

If you're interested in being a part of amazing and innovative means of
awareness, you'd love to volunteer with us!

How to Apply:
Please send your contact information to the following person:

Devon McDonel
Project Manager
Best Buddies Virginia
(703) 734-6425 devonmcdonel@bestbuddies.org

7.) Fundraiser, Public Relations, On Site, Board Member, ASAP Homeless
Services (St. Petersburg, FL)

Publicity – help us become better known. Distribute brochures, speak at
service organizations

On-Site – Monitor Drop-In activity, sort clothing and other gifts,
perform handyman repair, paint, mow the lawn, help with food prep

Become a Board Member – ASAP is looking for Board Members who can help
direct the program and contribute their time and talents

Most Important Skills Needed:
Compassion and Commitment for Homeless Mothers and Children, Men and
Families in our community

How to Apply:
Please contact Kim Konow: info@asaphomeless.org

Please include a short description of areas of interest and times

8.) Creative Writing Mentor, WriteGirl (Los Angeles, CA)

WriteGirl is looking for professional women to mentor high school girls
in creative writing and volunteer in all areas of our exciting
Help us support and nurture the voices of tomorrow by becoming a role
model for our eager teenage girls. You'll join diverse and energetic
women who are committed to providing an environment that promotes
creativity and self- expression as a means to empower girls. Our season
runs from October to June, so you will be joining mid-season.

How to Apply:
Please visit http://www.writegirl.org to download a volunteer
application. Deadline: January 31, 2007.
9.) Graphic design, public relations, Urban & Rural Minority Pilots
Association (Columbia, SC)

The Urban & Rural Minority Pilots Association is seeking volunteers and
members. We are a new organization that is trying to establish ourselves
within Richland County and surrounding areas. There will be fundraising
opportunities as well as leadership positions within the organization.
Committees are being formed and help in general would be greatly
appreciated. We need people to serve on our Fundraising, Executive, &
Scholarship Committees. Other committees may need to form as we develop.
As we grow, we will become involved in community projects in the
communities which we serve. Keep in mind, the difference between the
Volunteer and Member is a member has voting rights on issues that
concern the organization as a whole. If there are any questions, please
contact us at contactus@urmpa.org and leave your contact information.
You will be contacted within 24 hours of your inquiry.

How to Apply:
If there are any questions, please contact us at contactus@urmpa.org and
leave your email and phone number. If you wish to be on a committee, you
have to respond by February 20th. You will be contacted within 24 hours
of your inquiry. Thank you.

10.) Marketing and Public Relation Volunteers, Dress for Success,
(Hartford, Conn.)

Ongoing Marketing and Public Relations for DFSH – looking for people
interested in sharing their expertise or learning new skills.
– PR writer
– Advertising
– Events coordinator and assistants
– Media rep
– Marketing communications

How to Apply:
Please email hartford@dressforsuccess.org if you are interested in this

11.) Public Relations Planner Volunteer, Social Health Education
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Social Health Education provides comprehensive evidence based sexuality
education to the Greater Cincinnati Community. SHE is looking to
revitalize its image in the community and raise awareness to the
problems facing South Eastern Ohio and Northern Kentucky concerns
sexually transmitted diseases. SHE is looking for a volunteer to
formulate a public relations plan to re-image Social Health Education
and inform the community about its services.


·Work with executive director and staff to assess current message SHE
will send out to public

·Develop comprehensive strategy to increase awareness of Social Health's
services in the community

·Set time line for plan to be carried out and work with executive
director to delegate responsibilities

·Work with executive director and staff to execute plan

·Assess the plan's outcome

Guidelines for Public Relations Planner:

·Public relations planner will only be responsible for establishing a
working public relations plan in conjunction with the Executive Director

·Public relations planner will not be responsible for answering phones
or mailing clients

Benefits for Volunteers:

·Volunteers will receive training to perform the tasks assigned

·Volunteers will receive refreshments while they are volunteering

·Volunteers will receive their own office space to be shared with no
more than one other person

How to Apply:
Please email your resume to jmasterson@socialhealtheducation.org or call
513-924-1444 to find out more information.

12.) Special Events Volunteers, National Zoo (DC)

The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) provides many opportunities for
volunteer service in a variety of programs and special exhibit areas.
The range of opportunities for volunteering is divided into four
–   Education Volunteers are on the front lines at the Zoo – interacting
with visitors of all ages, enhancing their experiences by answering
questions, offering information, and allowing them to handle objects.
Minimum age is 18 years old.
–   Zoo Support Volunteers work behind the scene – assisting office
personnel, gardeners, and animal keepers; collecting behavioral data;
painting, building, and doing anything else that is needed. Minimum age
is 18 years old.
–   Special Events Volunteers make possible the many educational,
fund-raising, and membership events celebrated at the Zoo. Activities
range from collecting tickets to helping children with craft projects to
waiting tables. Minimum age is 15 years old.
–   Teen Volunteers can participate in programs that run throughout the
year or ones only available in the summer. Many teens find they can
fulfill their schools' requirement for community service hours while
having fun at the Zoo. None of these programs involve interacting with
live animals. Minimum age, depending on the program, is 13 years old.
Friends of the National Zoo
National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, MRC 551
Washington, DC 20008

13.) Grantwriter/Fundraiser, Honormy (New York, NY)

Seeking volunteer grantwriter and fundraiser for the 2nd Annual Honormy
Awards. The mission of Honormy is to empower youth by supporting and
promoting the importance of education.

For more information please email, Dina@honormy.org

*** Weekly Fun Report:
Circus Membership Host — We are looking for people to welcome our
members, major donors and guests when they attend the circus at City
Hall Plaza in Boston, MA; assist the House manager and Volunteer
Coordinator; represent the circus to the general public, to interact
with our members and to answer questions about the circus, its Community
Outreach Programs and explain membership benefits. Distribute red noses
and membership buttons to members in their seats

We ask that each membership host commit to a minimum of three

To request an application, please send inquiries to kfink@bigapplecircus.org.

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