January 30, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

January 30, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.”
Greek Proverb

Welcome to another week of VJOTW!

Did you know that volunteerism has reached an all time high? Neither did
we – until a few minutes ago. How cool?! According to the Christian
Science Monitor, 29 percent of Americans are volunteering, which is a
30-year high. (The article is at http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0130/p01s04-ussc.html if you want the full

The crazy thing is that this is 2 percent higher than we found last week
– it's funny how statistics can be changed and interpreted. The bottom
line of course is that we're out there doing something, and that's
amazing and wonderful. Because of you, non-profits are increasing their
visibility which in turn helps them bring in more money and do even more
for those who can't.

If you scroll down to the end of the article there's a link to another
(albeit year-old) article that discusses the fear of donor fatigue after
9/11, Katrina and the tsunami – the point was that it never
materialized. In fact, maybe those events are the reason volunteering is
up. They certainly illustrated the importance of working with your

So, happy volunteering! Isn't it wonderful the difference you're making
in the world. Thanks for what you do.

Heather and RachelVJOTWnews@gmail.com

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
***This week's opportunities
1.) Development & Marketing Intern, Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment (London, UK)
2.) Creative Volunteer Projects Abroad (South and Central America)
3.) Anchor for International Justice, Amnesty International (Chicago)
4.) Marketing/PR Volunteer, Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA (Hoboken, NJ)
5.) Part-time managing director, for Life's Work Center (San Francisco)
6.) Membership Coordinator, Saving Antiquities for Everyone (National)
7.) Volunteer Recruiter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (New
8.) Graphic Designer – Brand Identity or Print Projects, Taproot
Foundation (Boston)
9.) Grantwriter, Honormy Awards (New York)
10.) Public Education, NOCIRC (Detroit, MI)
11.) PR/Marketing, Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (DC)
*** Weekly Fun Report

Now, on with this week's opportunities…

*** One Paragraph Pitch:
I am an American living and working in South Africa, serving as the
manager of a non-profit, Amazwi. Amazwi is a growing South African
non-profit organization supported by a United States 501(c)(3), the
Amazwi Foundation.  First piloted by American writer and educator Maggie
Messitt in 2004, Amazwi is currently headquartered in Hoedspruit, South
Africa, on the edge of world-renowned Kruger National Park.
Amazwi is committed to empower and educate rural South African women in
the media arts and preserve indigenous African cultures through
narrative nonfiction. Toward that end, Amazwi has embarked on three
projects: The Amazwi School of Media Arts (SOMA); A. Magazine, the first
non-fiction literary magazine dedicated to Africa, and Amazwi Writers
and Artists Residency Program (WARP).
Through SOMA and WARP, Amazwi trains unemployed women between the ages
of 24 and 34 as narrative journalists with a focus on culture and rural
social issues for South African publication. Inspired by the South
African Act 14 (2002), SOMA works toward increasing the diversity of
both content and the producers of that content within the print
newsroom. Additionally, all three of Amazwi's projects utilize narrative
nonfiction with various mediums to document and preserve African voices
of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Read more about Amazwi at www.amazwi.org.
We are looking for virtual volunteers to raise funds to sponsor one of
Amazwi's students. This can happen in several ways, through design and
development of a marketing/PR/fundraising plan with guidance from
myself, or in a way that the volunteer finds most appropriate and okays
with me. We were thinking of this mainly as a student position, but it
has possibilities for general volunteers as well. I have attached an
intern program description as well as an application in Word format to
this e-mail.
Please let me know your thoughts – I look forward to hearing from you!
Nadine Randall
Amazwi NPO Manager
SA Office: +
U.S. e-fax: +1.302.372.3918
SA e-fax: +27.086.517.1036Randall.nadine@gmail.com nadine@amazwi.org

***Up next, today's listings.

1.) Development & Marketing Intern, Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment (London, UK)

Are you looking for a career in Arts Administration? Are you passionate
about music and the arts?

We are looking for a six-month voluntary intern position in Development
& Marketing commencing in March 2007 as part of the OAE's Arts
Administration Training Scheme. The Scheme provides an ideal opportunity
for graduates wishing to gain fundamental experience for a career in
Arts Administration.

The Development & Marketing Intern provides support to the development
(fundraising) and marketing operations, and helps with the organisation
of events.

Further details and a job description is available from the Interact
section of the OAE website http://www.oae.co.uk

Or contact the OAE on 0207 321 6331 / info@oae.co.uk. Closing date for
applications 16 February 2007.

2.) Creative Volunteer Projects Abroad (South and Central America)

Are you a creative, an artist with an urge to travel or a disillusioned
teacher? Need to get past a writing block or motivation dip? Need
artistic inspiration? Can't find that great next job or are you sick of
9-5 and don't know how to escape?

If you can act, play guitar, juggle, sing, tell stories, dance, paint,
build, teach circus skills, sculpture, design, puppetry or even if you
are a photographer, jewellery or film maker, keen gardener or DIYer WE

Why not devise a play in a Bolivian orphanage, teach photography to
street kids in Honduras, singing to teen mums in Nicaragua, share some
moves in a Brazilian social circus, redecorate a children's home in
Guatemala or design a garden in Peruvian orphanage.

We give 100% of profits back to the projects for orphans, abused,
abandoned, street and at risk children in the 7 countries we work in to
build music and arts centres and are looking for volunteers from as
little as two to twelve weeks and beyond depending on the project and
how long you've got!

And while on your volunteer experience we encourage you to strive for an
element of public performance, exhibition, installation, recording or
publication of work produced during the project as we believe although
process is important striving towards a final goal or 'product', whether
that be performance, photo exhibition, CD recording or published
calendar, provides a tangible goal and WIN/WIN situation for everyone

Help us creatively change lives while changing your own….

Creative Corners; The Global Arts Project is a new, unique not for
profit agency for cultural sector volunteering created especially for

Volunteers worldwide with creative skills can apply for a range of
projects in South and Central America so you can travel with purpose and
your paintbrush!

For further information please contact:
Monique Julian monique@creative-corners.com


Applications Close: Saturday, September 01, 2007

3.) Anchor for International Justice, Amnesty International (Chicago)

Anchor: -noun: a person or thing that can be relied on for support and
stability; base. -verb: to establish, connect, coordinate, secure,
engage, strengthen, support, guarantee.

Think globally, act locally in raising the profile of international
justice in your area!

International Justice and Acountability (IJA) Community Anchors serve as
Amnesty's ambassadors for international justice advocacy in their area.
They coordinate local action, recruit other activists and facilitate
their participation, and create a viable presence on IJA issues in the
community. Anchors have the unique opportunity to be part of a core
group of volunteers across the U.S. who are helping to shape public
attitudes towards international accountability for human rights abuses!

AIUSA's Program for International Justice and Accountability was
established in 2005 to help build a vocal and active constituency in the
U.S. for a strong system of international justice. We're starting at
home by creating opportunities and resources for individuals, groups and
communities to take action to promote international cooperation to hold
human rights abusers accountable.

Our activities are currently clustered around generating support for the
International Criminal Court's work in Darfur, Uganda and the DRC, and
separate efforts by survivors of abuses committed in Guatemala and Chad
to obtain justice in the courts of other countries. We will also more
generally bring attention to the vital importance of U.S. support to
build and maintain an international system of justice that holds
accountable the perpetrators of some of the most serious human rights
crimes, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

For more information, visit the IJA
website at www.amnestyusa.org/international_justice

How are Anchors supported by the IJA

.An in-person training with the IJA program staff and other Anchors from
around the country, providing education on IJA issues and developing
organizing skills (expenses paid by the IJA program)
.Individualized support and assistance from IJA staff
.Organizing materials such as IJA Action Kits, program brochures,
posters, stickers, buttons, postcards, petitions, t-shirt
.Access to IJA speakers and resources

What do Community Anchors commit to?

.At least 1 year in the role as Anchor
.Attend the IJA Anchor training (scheduled forApril 2007)
.Develop local action plans with the assistance of the IJA program
.Maintain regular contact with other IJA supporters in the community
.Coordinate local public events around key dates (International Justice
Day, Genocide Awareness Week, Human Rights Day, etc)
.Collaborate with other IJA Anchors and IJA program staff to develop
strategy and coordinate efforts
.Communicate with IJA program staff monthly to provide updates on
events, challenges, successes, action plans
.Reach out to local organizations who might be interested in the IJA
issues AIUSA is working on
.Build the visibility of IJA issues and help grow the IJA network in
your community
.Stay well versed in IJA issues and campaigns

The ideal IJA Community Anchor will

.Familiarity with Amnesty International
.Knowledge of or interest in international justice issues
.Background in social justice organizing or grassroots activism
.Proven leadership
.Event planning experience
.Enthusiasm and a passion for international human rights
.Ability to meet the position requirements
.Ability to commit to 15-20 hours/month for IJA Anchor efforts
.People skills!

How to Apply:
Applications for this AIUSA volunteer position will be reviewed on a
rolling basis leading up to March 1, 2007. Please apply by filling out
the IJA Community Anchor application form (available here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/international_justice/application.pdf) and
sending it to:

AIUSA Program for International
Justice and Accountability
Attn: Lia Lindsey
53 W. Jackson Blvd; Suite 731; Chicago, IL 60604 Email: ija@aiusa.org

4.) Marketing/PR Volunteer, Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA (Hoboken, NJ)

The Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA is seeking a volunteer to work directly
with the CEO to develop a marketing/PR plan to promote the YMCA
programs, scholarship and financial assistance fund for the community.
In addition, the YMCA is planning to renovate and restore the YMCA and a
marketing/PR plan is needed for this project

Please download volunteer application on the YMCA website at www.HobokenYMCA.org and send to Cleveland Glover Jr., Associate
Executive managing director,

5.) Part-time managing director, for Life's Work Center (San Francisco)

The Life's Work Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in San Francisco that
has for six years demonstrated the appeal of its mission–to help people
find more than just a job–and the effectiveness of a pioneering
counseling program.

We're looking for someone with time, experience, and enthusiasm for
helping a visionary nonprofit grow and serve people wanting to make
profound changes in their lives and their world.

We seek a mission-minded person to manage daily operations for a one-
office, all-volunteer nonprofit, in support of a founder and executive
director who is wearing too many
hats. A part-time managing director will help tremendously in allowing
the ED to concentrate on program development, fundraising, marketing,
and relationship building.

Here's what is involved:

— Operations know-how: a perfect opportunity for a junior person in the
field of operations and admin wishing to acquire credentials for the
resume–or a retiree who wants to give back through service

— A get-things-done temperament and a flair for problem solving in
operations, to complement the ED's role as visionary and evangelist

— Macintosh familiarity is a blessing

— A very small nonprofit; hence– predictably–comfort with making the
most of limited resources

— Desire to serve an organization that goes to root causes–not
symptoms–in addressing an entire catalogue of societal and individual

— Innovative to the core: LWC is unique in the United States, if not
the world; you may never find another such formative opportunity

Might this be you?

How to Apply:
Send us an e-mail at tom@lifesworkcenter.org. Thank you!

6.) Membership Coordinator, Saving Antiquities for Everyone (National)

Seeking individuals to help maintain relationship and communication with
members. Responsible or membership updates and newsletters. Should be
people oriented with strong writing skills. Individuals with recruitment
ideas a plus.

Please fill out the online Volunteer Enrollment Form at www.savingantiquities.org/bb-join.htm
with a writing sample, or email Cindy Ho at

7.) Volunteer Recruiter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (New

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City is the founding chapter and
the largest of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, as well as the
founder of the nation's youth mentoring movement. Our mission is to
provide mentors to children who need a caring adult role model in their
lives – special friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize
their potential and enrich their futures.

Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC is looking for individuals with Social,
Corporate and Organizational contacts in The Bronx and Queens to recruit
large numbers of male volunteers for our One-to-One Community-based
mentoring programs. $75.00 for each successful recruit that is matched.

Flexible hours – Great opportunity for successful individuals who are
currently employed Full-Time and want to give back to the community.

BA required. Exceptional presentation skills, demonstrated leadership
skills, excellent writing skills, ability to work independently,
knowledge of community resources, experience with volunteers, Bi-lingual
applicants encouraged to apply.

Forward resume and cover letter to Vidhya R. Kelly, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of NYC, 223 East 30th Street, NY NY 10016. email to: vkelly@bigsnyc.org . Fax: 212.779.1221. No phone calls please.

8.) Graphic Designer – Brand Identity or Print Projects, Taproot
Foundation (Boston)
Volunteer Your Skills: The Taproot Foundation is a volunteer
organization that builds teams of marketing and creative services
professionals, human resources professionals, and information technology
professionals to work on projects for local nonprofits. The Taproot
Foundation lets you “give what you know” so that you can make the
strongest impact on your local community while networking and growing
professionally. We are looking for seasoned professionals to join our
growing network of volunteers.

The Graphic Designer volunteer role is responsible for the design of a
brochure, annual report, or identity system on a Print or
Branding/Naming project. You will work with nonprofits needing a new
brochure, annual report, refreshed brand or visual identity, or name.
Identity and brochure projects are assigned two designers who work as a
team to create and refine multiple design options.

A successful Graphic Designer has three or more years experience in
graphic design at an agency or as an internal graphic designer. In this
role, you should have extensive experience with print design, graphics
production, and be familiar with relevant design and production tools
(i.e. PhotoShop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, DreamWeaver, or equivalents).

How to Apply:
To learn more, please visit us at http://www.taprootfoundation.org/volunteering.

APPLY TODAY to be eligible to attend an upcoming volunteer orientation

9.) Grantwriter, Honormy Awards (New York)

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 or to apply, contact dina@honormy.org.
10.) Public Education, NOCIRC (Detroit, MI)

We seek Public Education volunteers for year-round opportunities to help
staff information tables at health fairs, parenting fairs, and academic

A two to eight hour commitment is required.

The Public Educator will share and discuss our information pamphlets
with people who stop at our table for information.

Please contact Norm Cohen, Director, NOCIRC of Michigan, 248 642-5703, NormCohen@NOCIRCofMI.org

11.) PR/Marketing, Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (DC)

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County seeks volunteers who can help
with publicity for its cat show for household pets on March 31st. Call
301-740-2511 for information on volunteering go to AWLMC.ORG and
complete the On-line Volunteer Application.

*** Weekly Fun Report:

Tuesday, February 13, 8 p.m.
Location: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium
              10th and Constitution Avenue, SW, Washington, DC
              (Federal Triangle or Smithsonian Metro, Blue & Orange
A Special Evening with Andrea Mitchell
Join NBC-TV chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell as she
shares stories of some of the most important moments in the news in an
interview with Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington
Week and senior correspondent for the NewsHours with Jim Lehrer. From
the Jonestown massacre to Three Mile Island, from the demise of the
Carter administration to Iran-Contra, and from the Thomas-Hill Senate
hearings to Sept. 11 and beyond, Mitchell has covered some of the most
important events of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Mitchell's book, Talking Back (Viking), is available for signing after
the program.
Tickets: YB Members $15, Non-Members $25
To purchase tickets, call 202-357-3030 (M-F, 9-5) or order online at
Andrea Mitchell.
DINNER OPTION: After purchasing your ticket, please contact Elias Voces
at eliasvoces@earthlink.net if you are interested in going to dinner
with other YBs attending the event.

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