February 13, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week


February 13, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Never mistake motion for action.”
               – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Happy Tuesday – and welcome to Volunteer Job of the Week!

It's cold outside (Okay, maybe not where you are, but you get the
idea!), and here at VJOTW we're wistfully longing for spring. With
images of chirping robins and blooming wildflowers running through our
heads (along with the requisite sniffling of spring allergies) we've
been noticing a gradual increase in outdoor events. Whether it's
walking, running, biking, or a combination of all three (or some other
fun activity altogether) there's bound to be an “-athon” in your area
that matches your fitness level and interests.

And so, please keep us in-the-loop on any athletic events that you come
across as we head into spring. Whether the event is in need of
volunteers, participants, or both, we'll make an extra effort to include
as many of your contributions as possible!

And, once again, thanks for reading!

In this issue:
***One Paragraph Pitch
***This Week' Opportunities
1.) PR, Events, Development Volunteers, League of Women Voters of San
Francisco
2.) PR and Marketing Volunteers, PSALM, (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
3.) PR Volunteer, Cooperative Artists Institute, (Jamaica Plain, Mass.)
4.) Marketing and PR Volunteer, Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians
(Chicago)
5.) PR Team Members, The WiderNet Project, Dubuque, Iowa
6.) Fundraising, PR and Public Affairs Volunteers, American heart
Association (Various Location)
7.) PR, Fundraising and Development, The National Law Center on Homeless
and Poverty (DC)
8.) Front of House Volunteers, The Florence Nightingale Museum (London,
England)
9.) Marking and Public Affairs Volunteers and Interns, Planned
Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
10.) Marketing Volunteer, Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee
11.) Fundraising, Research and Public Affairs Volunteers, Red Cross,
Oregon Trail Chapter (Portland, Ore.)
12.) Marketing and Web Team, PAWS (Lynnwood, Wash.)
13.) Various Openings, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
14.) Various Volunteers, AIDS Walk New York on May 17, 2007
***Weekly Fun Report

***One Paragraph Pitch
EarthCorps is a non-profit organization founded in 1993. It is dedicated
to building global community through local environmental restoration
service. As an AmeriCorps affiliate, EarthCorps provides one-year
intensive programs for young adults (18-25) to learn best practices in
conservation techniques and develop skills in leading volunteers (ages
8-80).

EarthCorps is based in Seattle, Washington. Work consists of
volunteer-based and contracted restoration projects on public lands in
the Puget Sound and Cascade mountains. EarthCorps alumni volunteer on
environmental restoration projects around the world, for example
building and maintaining the Great Baikal Trail in Siberia. Two-thirds
of EarthCorps' program participants come from the United States,
one-third come from partner organizations from six different continents.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and to
make new friends. EarthCorps provides volunteer opportunities for
individuals and/or groups to work on trails, remove invasive plants, and
plant native species.

EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and a talk
that covers safety, the park, environmental restoration and the overview
of the project. We suggest that volunteers dress in layers of older
clothes that include long pants, long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Durable
footwear such as work boots, hiking boots or running shoes are
recommended for these events. These events take place rain or shine so
please come prepared for the weather.

Individuals and/or organizations interested in participating in
volunteer events, can contact Chris LaPointe, Community Outreach
Coordinator at volunteerearthcorps.org or 206-322-9296 ext. 217. If you
are intersted in volunteering around the office send and e-mail to
infoearthcorps.org.

***Let's continue with this week's opportunities!

1.) PR, Events, Development Volunteers, League of Women Voters of San
Francisco
The important work of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco is
typically carried out by its volunteer committees. Committees are made
up of League members just like you who share their time and talent to
make the League's work possible.

We need you! If you would like to join a committee, please call the
League at (415) 989-VOTE or email lwvsf@lwvsf.org.

Voter Services: Educating citizens so they can make informed choices and
get involved in government is the heart and soul of the League. This
critical committee needs MANY helping hands. It includes the following
activities: 

    * Speakers Bureau
    * Televised Debates
    * Pros and Cons Guide
    * Candidate Forums
    * SmartVoter Website
    * Community Elections Monitoring

Membership: Support existing members and encourage new people to join
the League! Help create social and educational events, prepare
informational materials, track members in the database, and survey
member views.

VOTER Newsletter: Do you like to write or edit? Help inform, educate,
and activate League members by helping to produce the quarterly
newsletter.

Development: Help bring home the bacon! Committee members research and
write grants, develop relationships, create fundraising events, and
solicit support from interested community members and companies.

Volunteers and Internships: The League is a volunteer-driven
organization. This committee recruits volunteers, solicits and supports
interns (often by guiding them through special projects), and helps us
let our volunteers know how important they are.

Public Relations (media and community partnerships): If you have
experience working with the media, or in building relationships with
community groups, consider the Public Relations committee. Help spread
the word about the League using print, TV, radio, and the web. You can
also help us to create strong connections and partnerships with
community groups across San Francisco.

Contact Phone: 415-989-VOTE (415-989-8683)
Email: lwvsf@lwvsf.org
Website: http://www.lwvsf.org/

2.) PR and Marketing Volunteers, PSALM, (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
PSALM is a grass roots organization founded in 1999 by a group of
Orthodox musicians from various dioceses and jurisdictions, born out of
the desire to bring together those charged with preparing and leading
the music of the Church, including choir directors, singers, readers,
and clergy, so that they can learn from each other and grow in their
ministry by sharing resources and information. As PSALM has grown, its
scope and vision have broadened to include the development of resources
and programs that will support and augment the efforts of the various
diocesan music departments.

PSALM wants you! PSALM is seeking enthusiastic, capable, organized,
deadline-sensitive volunteers who have a few hours a week to help
advance its mission and goals.

MARKETING: Do you have creative marketing ideas that you would love to
contribute toward the growth and development of Orthodox music and
musicians? We need capable people to develop and implement a Marketing
Plan for sales of PSALM products and programs, as well as members of a
marketing team with sales skills, design abilities, and/or general
administrative experience.
PUBLIC RELATIONS/COMMUNICATION: Do you have excellent writing skills and
some professional experience in pubic relations? This is a volunteer job
for you! You would work in coordination with the Marketing Committee and
the Board of Directors to utilize existing tools and develop new avenues
for spreading the word about what PSALM is doing.

If you think you can make yourself available to PSALM in the short-term
or long-term please e-mail Valerie Yova Sheets (VYSheets@aol.com) for
more information. These are the areas where PSALM needs your help to
meets its ambitious goals for the next several years. Send General
Inquiries to:
info@orthodoxpsalm.org

3.) PR Volunteer, Cooperative Artists Institute, (Jamaica Plain, Mass.)
Public Relations opportunity available at non-profit Arts Think Tank in
Jamaica Plain. We are seeking an energetic, enthusiastic person with
good people skills to help Cooperative Artists Institute improve media
visibility. Help us develop, write and send out press releases,
communicate with media contacts, update press lists and take photos of
program activities.

Excellent opportunity for a person looking for on-the-job training, or
for a PR professional looking to help highlight our exciting programs
for children, teens and senior citizens. Experience is a plus, but not
required. Computer skills, attention to detail, a good command of
written and spoken English and a “pitch in and help” attitude are
attractive volunteer qualities.

For more information or to contact, go to: http://www.tribal-rhythms.org/volunteer.html

4.) Marketing and PR Volunteer, Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians
(Chicago)
For twenty-five years, the Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians has
been committed to exceptional arts education that serves as a catalyst
to help children reach their greatest potential. Suzuki-Orff depends on
the generous help of our community volunteers. We have many one-time and
continuing projects.  We work hard to match you with a volunteer
opportunity that both interests you and suits your talents and
expertise. Because we want you to have a good experience at the School,
we are committed to providing a supportive volunteer environment, clear
instructions for completing the activity, and a staff contact.

Marketing and public relations: Help us get the word out about
Suzuki-Orff's innovative programs! Volunteer for specific projects or
become a member of the PR/Marketing Committee.

If you would like to help, please contact our Office Manager:
Gabriel Morales, Office Manager: 312-738-2646 ext. 31, gmorales@suzukiorff.org

5.) PR Team Members, The WiderNet Project, Dubuque, Iowa
The WiderNet Project (
volunteer@widernet.org) provides a meaningful
volunteer experience that utilizes your skills or trains you in new
ones, offering a flexible schedule and a thriving social environment. 
As a volunteer with WiderNet, you will have a chance to engage in
finding creative solutions that help bridge the digital divide, bringing
much-needed educational materials to people in developing countries.  We
need YOUR help to bridge the digital divide!

Public Relations Team:  Help publicize The WiderNet Project's efforts.
Write press releases and articles for our newsletter, Do graphic design,
or Assist with grass-roots publicity efforts.

Please call 319-335-2200 or email volunteer@widernet.org to explore how
you can help. Information about monthly workdays can be found here.

6.) Fundraising, PR and Public Affairs Volunteers, American heart
Association (Various Location)
Each year, the American Heart Association relies on people just like you
to help us reduce disability and death due to heart disease and stroke.
There are many ways for you to volunteer your help:

Development or Fund Raising — Our fund-raising activities secure the
funds necessary to support our research and educational program
activities. Examples of opportunities include organizing special events
(auctions, dinners, galas, walks, fitness or golf), soliciting major
gifts, and recruiting other volunteers.

Communications or Public Relations — To help ensure success, our
activities, events and programs are promoted through these efforts. We
can use your help in producing and distributing news releases, creating
posters and flyers, and developing positive relationships with the media
in your community.

Public Affairs — These activities help maintain our reputation as a
successful and credible voluntary health agency. Mobilizing volunteers
and staff to influence public policy decisions related to heart health,
and ensuring the operation of a Federal Legislative response network,
are important strategies critical to our mission. With your help, we can
make a difference at the local, state and national levels of public
policy.

If you need information on any of these topics now, please contact the
American Heart Association by dialing 1-800-AHA-USA1.

7.) PR, Fundraising and Development, The National Law Center on Homeless
and Poverty (DC)
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty was established in
June 1989 two years after Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless
Assistance Act. It is governed by a board of directors that includes
lawyers, activists, researchers, and homeless and formerly homeless
people. Based in Washington, D.C., the Law Center works with a wide
variety of groups around the country.

Development & Fundraising – Our fundraising activities secure the funds
necessary to support our educational program activities and mission.
Examples of opportunities include organizing special events (McKinney
Event, Walkathon, Socrates Trial), soliciting major gifts, and
recruiting other volunteers.

Communications or Public Relations – To help ensure success, our
activities, events and programs are promoted through these efforts. We
can use your help in producing and distributing news releases, creating
posters and flyers, and developing positive relationships with the media
in your community.

The Law Center accepts volunteers on an as-need, rolling basis. To be
considered for Law Center volunteer opportunities, please download and
print the volunteer application form. Provide the requested information
and mail it to the attention of 'Development/Volunteers.'

If you need information on any of these topics now, please contact the
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty by dialing 202-638-2535
email: media@nlchp.org
http://www.nlchp.org

8.) Front of House Volunteers, The Florence Nightingale Museum (London,
England)
The Florence Nightingale Museum is a small friendly museum. It has a
good reputation and local, national and international visitors. The
Museum has a great team of volunteers and we are currently looking for
people to join us.

We are looking for people who:
– Have good levels of spoken English
– Are confident at public speaking or keen to improve their skills in
this area
– Are friendly and interested in people
– Who have an interest in history, especially Florence Nightingale and
nursing
– Are able to commit to a minimum of one weekday a month
– Can commit to working at the Museum for a minimum of six months

We can offer you:
– Training and support
– A friendly fun place to work
– Training sessions and social events
– Transport costs at individually agreed levels
– 10% discount on goods from the Museum shop
– A written reference (after completing agreed time at the Museum).

For further information e-mail Lianne at lianne@florence-nightingale.co.uk or ring 0207 620 0374.

9.) Marking and Public Affairs Volunteers and Interns, Planned
Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties. Setting the
standard for reproductive healthcare education, advocacy, and service
for 40 years. Founded by volunteers, Planned Parenthood continues to
rely on their energy and commitment to provide comprehensive
reproductive healthcare, education, and advocacy.

Marketing: Internship and volunteer positions available to assist with
special events, production of brochures, and marketing outreach.

Requirement: Must have interest in marketing. Minimum of 4-8 hours of
work per week during business hours.

Public Affairs: Internship and volunteer positions are available to
assist in projects such as signature gathering, voter registration,
coordinating or staffing a table at a public event, and letter writing.
Provide office help with mailings, filing, updating computer files, and
mobilizing volunteers. An excellent opportunity for people with a
political bent; interested in issues, legislation, and advocacy.

Requirements: Must be available 4-8 hours per week during business
hours; 4 month commitment required. 

To inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call or e-mail us at
one of the following locations:

San Diego: (619) 881-4661, vsandiego@planned.org
Riverside: (951) 222-3125, lrocha@planned.org

10.) Marketing Volunteer, Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee
Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee (formerly ACHOICE) is Milwaukee's
only workplace giving federation with an emphasis on Social Change,
Economic Justice and Environmental Awareness – with its focus completely
on conditions in metropolitan Milwaukee. Founded in 1981, last year
Shares celebrated twenty-one years of funding the important non-profit
work of its member agencies.

Volunteer Position: Marketing work
Description: Assist with various marketing duties, including writing,
phone calls, helping with organization of electronic files, delivering
materials, and other duties as needed. Good opportunity for contact with
the media, businesses and with the nonprofit community.

Contact Name: Elysse, Phone: 414-342-0883
Email: Elysse@MilwaukeeShares.org

11.) Fundraising, Research and Public Affairs Volunteers, Red Cross,
Oregon Trail Chapter (Portland, Ore.)
The Oregon Trail Chapter was chartered as a Red Cross unit in 1917. The
chapter serves the residents of Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah,
Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties. It is one of approximately
900 Red Cross chapters across the United States

The Oregon Trail Chapter offers a wide variety of volunteer
opportunities.

Fundraising & Special Events Assistant:
    * Work on seasonal fundraising projects and special events to
benefit the financial health of the chapter

Donor Research:
    * Use the web to research potential individual and corporate
financial contributors
    * Some research reporting expected
    * Flexible scheduling

Public Affairs Outreach Team:
    * Personable volunteers wanted
    * Act as an ambassador for the Oregon Trail Chapter
    * Speak in front of community groups

Public Affairs Team:
    * Support the work of the Marketing and Communications Department
    * Writing and research
    * Provide accurate information to public
    * Take photographs that support the Red Cross mission

Public Affairs Immediate Response:
    * Act as a liaison between the media and American Red Cross during
emergencies and disasters
    * Seeking professionals or students in the field of marketing or
communications
    * Be a part of our on call disaster action teams on-call every 8
weeks ready to act when a disaster strikes

Call (503)528-5649 or email gregoired@redcross-pdx.org to find out more.

12.) Marketing and Web Team, PAWS (Lynnwood, Wash.)
Volunteering Opportunities at PAWS

A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive
Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates
injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate
compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.

Over 17,000 potential adopters per week look for their potential
companions on the PAWS website. In order that the information on our
site is up to date and accurate and to help place animals awaiting
adoption, Web Team Members maintain the lists of animals available for
adoption by uploading digital pictures taken of the animals at PAWS.
They also write cute and descriptive blurbs about each animal to
represent the animal\'s personality to the viewers on the web. This
position has some animal contact. Volunteers must have good writing
skills, computer skills and have a working knowledge of digital
photography. They must also practice safe animal handling per PAWS
protocols. Duties include: socializing, visiting, and comforting the
animals; printing “disposition” reports from our Shelter database;
posting animals on the website according to PAWS policies and
procedures; uploading information from home or on a computer at PAWS;
and cropping and adjusting pictures for optimal viewing. Marketing team
members assist by distributing photoflyers of available animals, working
with the public at outreach events, accompanying and transporting dogs
to off-site adoption events, or any of the various marketing techniques
we employ.

Shifts: Web Team: Any three hour shift between the hours of 12-6 pm.
Volunteers are scheduled for the same shift each week. Marketing Team:
monthly commitment needed, anywhere from 6-12 hours per month. There is
a minimum 3-month commitment.

Time Commitment: Weekly 3 hour shift; 3 months minimum commitment

Location: PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, off-campus opportunities as
wellhttp://www.paws.org/
Email: info@paws.org

13.) Various Openings, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects, conserves and restores land
and water for the diversity of the region's plants, animals and their
ecosystems.

Through science-based strategies, collaboration, leadership and
recognition of the relationship between humankind and nature, WPC
achieves tangible conservation outcomes for present and future
generations.

WPC Public Participation: Are you willing to speak up for conservation?
You can use your voice to protect important natural resources and to
help strengthen your community. WPC recognizes that when we join
together, we have powerful voices that can be heard in your hometown, in
Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. By writing letters, emails, and making
phone calls, you can demonstrate your support of conservation. Citizen
support helps to ensure that existing conservation laws remain viable,
and it helps obtain needed policy changes. Sign up to receive action
alerts about important issues.

For more information contact Brian Gallagher at 412-586-2380 or email: bgallagher@paconserve.org.

There are many opportunities for individuals and companies to support
the mission of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Here is just a
sampling—if you have a special talent or skill that would advance our
mission, please let us know. We welcome individuals and corporate,
school, and religious volunteer groups; WPC can also assist with a
“1-day” family or group project.
What qualifications do I need?

    * You must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult or
teacher.
    * You must be responsible and enthusiastic.

Some programs require that you attend an orientation and training class.
Call for details.
here are many opportunities for individuals and companies to support the
mission of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Here is just a
sampling—if you have a special talent or skill that would advance our
mission, please let us know. We welcome individuals and corporate,
school, and religious volunteer groups; WPC can also assist with a
“1-day” family or group project.
What qualifications do I need?

    * You must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult or
teacher.
    * You must be responsible and enthusiastic.

Some programs require that you attend an orientation and training class.
Call for details.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Institutional Advancement
209 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-288-2777

14.) Various Volunteers, AIDS Walk New York (May 17, 2007)
Do you prefer to collate mailings or chat with participants on the
phone?  Would you like to volunteer as an individual or do you have a
group of friends, family, or work colleagues wanting to help?   There is
a place for everyone at the AIDS Walk New York Office!  Please see our
volunteer opportunities, and then go to http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/getinvolved/volunteer.html to let us
know what you are interested in doing!

***Fun Opportunity

General Volunteers, 2007 National Veterans Wheelchair Games (Milwaukee,
Wisc.)
A multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service
veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord
injuries, amputations, or certain neurological problems. Attracting more
than 500 athletes each year, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is
the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world.

This inspirational annual event relies on volunteers to make the week
successful for the veterans competing. A wide range of volunteer
opportunities are available during the week of the Games, including
helping with meals, transportation, site set-up, scoring, timing,
photography, distributing water, and lots of other assignments. All
volunteers receive a complimentary Games T-shirt as well as the
satisfaction that comes with knowing you support our nation's heroes.

Where: Events will take place at the Midwest Airlines Convention Center,
Greendale High School, Grant Park, Whitnall Park, Schroeder YMCA Aquatic
Center, AMF Bowlero Bowling Center, Milwaukee County Zoo and Veterans
Park.

Volunteer Coordinator, National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Contact Information: Phone: (414) 389-3999, Email:

Website: http://www1.va.gov/vetevent/nvwg/2007/Default.cfm

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