February 20, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week


February 20, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.”
David McCullough

It’s that time of year again – tax season! Here at VJOTW we’re committed
to helping others around the globe, and having fun while doing it. But
let’s be practical – tax benefits are a decent advantage. You likely
know that when you donate money or items, you can write those off. But,
did you know that you can also write off costs associated with
volunteering? For example, you can write off parking fees, uniforms (if
you are required to buy one), supplies, and other travel expenses.

With tax day a little over two months away, this may be better for next
year, but check out
://www.serviceleader.org/new/volunteers/articles/2003/04/000050print.php
for more information on what you can deduct. Of course this isn’t tax
advice, be sure to check with an accountant or other more reliable
source – we’re just giving you a heads up. (The lawyers didn’t ask us to
write this, but seemed like a decent idea.)

Now go do your taxes .. oops go volunteer.

Take care,
Heather and Rachel

PS – Don’t forget all this information is free, so please feel free to
share the information with others. We’d love to see even more people
having as much fun as we are!

In this issue:
***One Paragraph Pitch
***This Week' Opportunities
1.) Management & Communication Volunteers, Hearts & Minds (New York, NY)
2.) Website Developer, My Art My Life (Hollywood, Ca.)
3.) Communications Volunteers, Tostan (Washington, DC)
4.) Communications Volunteers, Ghana Music Foundation (Accra, Ghana)
5.) Communications Volunteers, Drums Along the Hudson (New York, NY)
6.) Executive Council Members, Vanguard of Peace International (Virtual)
7.) Teen Clinic Facilitator, Planned Parenthood (Marysville, Wa.)
8.) Community Outreach Volunteer, Robins Nest (Glassboro, NJ)
9.) Media Director, Charity Guide (Chicago, IL)
10.) Sr. Publicist, Charity Guide (Chicago, IL)
11.) Assistant Fundraiser, Jonang Foundation (San Francisco, Ca.)
12.) Fundraiser, Building Community Bridges (Brooklyn, NY)
13.) Marketing Volunteers, Sinfonietta (Hinsdale, IL)
14.) Board Members, Mountain Pride Media (Vermont)
15.) Spokesperson, Girls on the Run (San Francisco, Ca.)
16.) Marketing and Outreach, Girls on the Run (San Francisco, Ca.)
***Weekly Fun Report

READY. SET. GO … VOLUNTEER! (And have fun!)

***One Paragraph Pitch
The Brookings Institution Building Bridges Coalition aims to improve
cross-cultural understanding through expanded international volunteer
service, enhanced service quality and capacity, and dedication to
positive impact across the globe. The Coalition includes several leading
international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and
government agencies working collaboratively to increase international
volunteerism. For more information visit the Brookings Institution
website www.brookings.edu/global/volunteer.

***This week’s opportunities start now!

1.) Management & Communication Volunteers, Hearts & Minds (New York, NY)

As a volunteer you can choose from areas in:

Public Relations- for our national publicity campaigns: press releases
and other marketing materials. Will be responsible for contacting major
media which includes newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

Fund Raising- foundations, direct mail, personal solicitation, business,
government and planned giving.

Marketing & Publishing- supervising surveys and focus groups to evaluate
and improve our effectiveness.

Advertising- public service advertising about poverty, the environment
and other important issues. Also, campaigns to promote Hearts & Minds
and its publications.

Ad sales- for our website and other publications

Event Planning- for our fundraising events

Volunteer Recruitment & Personnel – recruit, supervise, and communicate
with volunteers and interns in our office and all over the world.

Please forward resumes to changevolunteers@gmail.com. Place in the
subject line your area of interest.

2.) Website Developer, My Art My Life (Hollywood, Ca.)

My Art My Life, Inc. is a non-profit foundation built by artists who
want to help other artists. We want to get in touch with as many artists
as we can and create a large network of artists working together. We are
in need of anyone that has a great deal of experience in web design, web
programming, and promoting to help us develop our website as well as
promote our org. and our future “art shows.” Duties would be to help
create original designs for our site. We are using a stable open source
cms but would need someone with programming skills to further customize
it to our needs. You can contact cmagabo@gomaml.org – director for more
details. Thanks!

How to Apply:
Please send resume, and samples of any work to info@gomaml.org Thank you
for your support!

3.) Communications Volunteers, Tostan (Washington, DC)

Tostan Inc., a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Senegal,
West Africa, is seeking volunteers in its Washington, D.C. office. The
positions are unpaid and include a variety of work such as basic
administrative duties, writing and editing, graphic design, internet and
academic research, translation, IT, communications, and data entry. This
is an excellent opportunity for those looking to learn the ropes with a
friendly, growing grassroots organization. Positions are filled on a
first-come first-serve, rolling basis, and are awarded based upon
current organizational needs and the particular skills of the applicant.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume (with references) and cover
letter via email to: tostan.dc@gmail.com.

Those seeking writing and editing experience with Tostan should include
a graded writing sample or a published work. Applicants should feel free
to Include any other materials they see as relevant. Cover letter should
demonstrate knowledge of Tostan (see http://www.Tostan.org) as well as a
sense of how applicant's skills can contribute to the organization.

4.) Communications Volunteers, Ghana Music Foundation (Accra, Ghana)

The GMF is a small but growing organization dedicated to the promotion
and education of traditional styles of Ghanaian music within Ghana,
Africa and the world as a whole. The organization is in its infancy but
has some very strong backing to ensure the project takes shape and
achieves its aims.

Ghana has made efforts to develop its music industry with meetings with
development partners such as the World Bank, UNESCO, European Union,
French Embassy, Goethe Institut. There is an urgent need for the
development, promotion and sustenance of the music industry in Ghana and
the protection and preservation of national cultural heritage for
posterity.

The organization’s founding members include:
• Cox Tamakloe: Music Programme Director for Joy FM, one of Ghana's
largest radio stations.
• Professor John Collins: Professor at the Music Department at the
University of Ghana and he wrote and presented the BBC’s first-ever
5-part series of radio programmes on African popular music called ‘In
The African Groove’
• Famous artists such as Stan Plange, C.K. Mann, Ebo Taylor and Papa
Yankson.

The organization is initially looking for volunteers & interns to help
with the setting up of the organization, the sourcing of funds and
developing their Highlife compilation CD for the celebration of 50 years
of independence in March 2007.

Current Placement Opportunities

• Project coordinator
The GMF are looking for a volunteer or intern to come and help them with
the logistics of setting up an office and research any potential new
projects the organizations could be involved in.

• Product Developer
The GMF are developing a compilation CD for the celebration of 50 years
of Ghanaian independence. The CD will feature 50 of the best Ghanaian
highlife musicians. The aim is to retail it both in Ghana and throughout
the rest of the world. The launch of the CD will be seen as the official
launch of the GMF.
The GMF is looking for a volunteer or intern to come and help with the
finishing touches to the CD.

• Promotions Coordinator
The GMF are developing a compilation CD for the celebration of 50 years
of Ghanaian independence. The CD will feature 50 of the best Ghanaian
highlife musicians. The aim is to retail it both in Ghana and throughout
the rest of the world. The launch of the CD will be seen as the official
launch of the GMF.
The organization is looking for volunteers & interns to promote the CD
in Ghana and especially in Europe and the US. This will include plugging
the CD to radio stations in these countries.

• Fundraiser
A fundraiser is needed to source funds for new projects & the
organization as a whole. This could include finding funding for a
Children & Music project or new records, etc.

Additionally, you will be required to frequent concerts and cultural
organizations in Accra, to attend occasional evening events, and
represent GFM with other volunteers of the foundation. This will be a
wonderful way to learn about the city and meet people.

For more information please visit http://www.ikando.org

5.) Communications Volunteers, Drums Along the Hudson (New York, NY)

Lotus Music and Dance sponsors a yearly Native American Festival, “Drums
Along the Hudson” at Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan, 218th Street,
4 blocks west of Broadway. This 5th annual festival will be on Sunday,
April 29th, from 11 A M to 6 PM. We are seeking volunteers to help us
help the artists and dancers who will be participating, from the various
cultures who use the drum as musical accompaniment; Native Americans,
Tahitians, Africans, Flamenco and Hindi dancers, among many others. We
have morning and afternoon shifts, each 4 hours long. If you are
interested in being part of this unique event, the only open air powwow
in Manhattan, e mail us and we will send you a volunteer application.

How to Apply:
Send a note of interest in volunteering to:
programmanager@lotusmusicanddance.org

I will send you an application,
Loretta Palma, Program Manaher

6.) Executive Council Members, Vanguard of Peace International (Virtual)

The Vanguard of Peace International (VPI) currently seeks 100 young
people to constitute the executive council of its outreach in Nigeria.
This is an online/virtual opportunity.

DUTIES
• Set targets and develop budgets.
• Determine membership targets, growth, and retention strategies.
• Responsible for design and distribution of outreach materials.
• Responsible for design of policies.

SKILLS
• Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Good organizational ability
• Able to work in a team environment

LANGUAGE SKILLS
English

* Relocation expenses: Not applicable. Volunteers will work from home.
* Personal expenses associated with the program: Weekly online costs.
* Location of the organization: Nigeria
* Duration of the program: 2 years
* Open to local and non-local volunteers.

How to Apply:
Interested persons who should not be more than 35 years of age should
send an email to vpioutreach@yahoo.com stating the following:
1. Age
2. Sex
3. Address
4. Skills
5. Interests.

This recruitment will last till the positions are filled.

VPI- Promoting Peace, Health and Development.

CONTACT PERSON
Sonia Bazunu
PHONE
+234 803 740 3455

7.) Teen Clinic Facilitator, Planned Parenthood (Marysville, Wa.)

Deliver presentations and lead interactive games for teens in the
patient waiting area at our free teen clinic. Educate teen clients about
birth control methods and STD risk reduction, answer questions and help
teens feel welcome in the clinic setting. Must be comfortable working
with teens, be articulate and have strong public speaking skills.
Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills required. Must be able
to accurately convey information regarding birth control methods
(training provided). Must be highly reliable with excellent
organizational skills. Must be comfortable working with people of
varying socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and racial
diversity. The ability to lift and distribute program materials is
required. Must be a minimum of 20 years of age.

8.) Community Outreach Volunteer, Robins Nest (Glassboro, NJ)

Represent the Agency at speaking engagements, volunteer recruitment
fairs, and various agency events. Also nurture new partnerships between
the agency and interested groups.

How to Apply:
Fill out a volunteer application on our website
(http://www.robinsnestinc.org) or contact Sandy Ginotti, Director of
Volunteer Development, at (856) 881-8689 x. 227 or
sginotti@robinsnestinc.org. Thank you!

9.) Media Director, Charity Guide (Chicago, IL)

Charity Guide seeks a volunteer Media Relations expert to serve as Media
Relations Chairman on our Leadership Council.

In this role, you would be responsible for promoting volunteerism to a
national audience.

The right candidate will have been a Media Relations professional for a
minimum of 10 years and will have experience coaching and inspiring
Media Relations staff.

The volunteer time commitment is approximately 3 hours per week, under
the assumption that you will use this time to build a team of additional
media relations volunteers that you will direct and coach.

Medial Relations objectives include:
·   gaining national attention for Charity Guide's “Volunteer On Demand”
approach that makes it possible to volunteer from anywhere at anytime,
in as few as 15 minutes, on the cause of the volunteer's greatest
interest and at the moment of their greatest willingness to act
·   gaining national attention for Charity Guide's editorially-reviewed
directory of Volunteer Vacations
·   encouraging participation in the editorially-reviewed service projects
featured at CharityGuide.org — at the times when these service projects
will
get the most attention, pursuing the journalists that would be most
interested
An especially attractive feature of this volunteer role is that your
positive impact will be precisely measurable, with reports available in
real-time.

Charity Guide already influences the volunteering decisions of more than
700,000 people per year, presenting service projects more than 2 million
times annually. With your expertise in media relations, we'd like your
help to double that success over the next year.

How to Apply:
Please contact Michael Organ at Volunteer@CharityGuide.org

10.) Sr. Publicist, Charity Guide (Chicago, IL)

Charity Guide seeks a volunteer Publicist to serve as the Public
Relations Chairman on our Leadership Council.

In this role, you would be responsible for promoting volunteerism to a
national audience.

The right candidate will have been a Publicist for a minimum of 10 years
and will have experience coaching and inspiring staff Publicists.

The volunteer time commitment is approximately 3 hours per week, under
the assumption that you will use this time to build a team of additional
publicists that you will direct and coach.

Publicity objectives include:
·   pitching human interest stories that bring national attention to
Charity Guide's “Volunteer On Demand” approach — that makes it possible
to volunteer from anywhere at anytime
·   getting Charity Guide spokesmen on the agenda of conferences and
corporate meetings, to inspire their audiences with a speech on how to
make a difference for yourself and others
·   creating buzz to encourage participation in the editorially-reviewed
service projects featured at CharityGuide.org — at the times when these
service projects will get the most attention, pursuing the journalists
that would be most interested
An especially attractive feature of this volunteer role is that your
positive impact will be precisely measurable, with reports available in
real-time.

Charity Guide already influences the volunteering decisions of more than
700,000 people per year, presenting service projects more than 2 million
times annually. With your expertise in publicity, we'd like your help to
double that success over the next year.

How to Apply:
To apply, or for more information, please contact Charity Guide's
executive director at Volunteer@CharityGuide.org

How to Apply:
To request an application for this position, please send an email to the
Volunteer Program Manager at: hr.vol@ppww.org.

11.) Assistant Fundraiser, Jonang Foundation (San Francisco, Ca.)

Seeking someone to help us with our legistical affairs and fund-raising.

Skills that we are seeking include:

–interest in Tibetan culture
–ability to organize & manage programs (including our school in Tibet &
our Tibetan Art collection)
–ability to create budget statements, fill-out our annual accounting
records & oversee our financial goals
–basic computer skills including MS Word & Photoshop (or some digital
imaging program)
–willingness to perform managerial tasks such as replying to emails,
sending email newsletters, coordinating our mail-box, etc
–ability to fund-raise, advertise & build personal relationships on
behalf of our organization (*grant writing would be a plus)

At the moment, this position is for a volunteer & would require 3-5 hrs
per week with the possibility of a possible paid part-time position in
the future.

This position would work to help facilitate our field projects in
Tibet/China & North America.

*Person must speak English and live in North America. Tibetan &/or
Mandarin Chinese language skills are a plus but not required.

How to Apply:
Send a letter of introduction to: info@jonangfoundation.org

12.) Fundraiser, Building Community Bridges (Brooklyn, NY)

ARE YOU A PASSIONATE FUNDRAISER?- Do you know how to research nonprofit
funding sources? Are you interested in gaining experience? We are
looking for someone to help us identify potential foundation, business,
and government funding opportunities for BCB. Research grant guidelines
and identify appropriate funders for our programs. Help staff prioritize
funding opportunities. This individual would propose possible ideas for
fundraising and coordinate their execution, including solicitation of
volunteers to carry out the tasks required. This person would report to
the Executive Director, and work closely with the team Researcher.
Creative, energetic, resourceful individual with good people skills.
Please go to our website to read more about our mission and program to
see if this would be a good fit for you.

benefits of volunteering with BCB:
• Build your skills in an innovative yet hands-on way.
• Be part of the launch of a new exciting social venture.
• Experience meaning and purpose in the difference your work makes.
• Mutual support and networking in a community of professionals,
artists, students, researchers and other social amphibians, who share
your interests and values.
• Increase your understanding of globals issues that are affecting our
entire world
• Take part in a trip to Africa in the upcoming summer of 2007, to fully
realize the impact our work can have on a community

How to Apply:
Please email Enyonam:
enyonam@bcombridges.org.

13.) Marketing Volunteers, Sinfonietta (Hinsdale, IL)

The Salt Creek Sinfonietta needs volunteers for Box Office, Lobby
Attendants, and Ushers. Our next 2 concerts are on March 11, 2006 and
May 6, 2007.

The concerts are held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E 1st
Hinsdale, IL.
The church is accessible to Metra.

If you wish to volunteer for the March 11th concert or the May 6th
concert, email for information on how to apply and for information on an
upcoming information session at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale
(our concert home).

However, please email first with your name and telephone number, if you
wish to attend the information session, and we will make arrangements to
be available March 3, 2007 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. You will receive
an email or phone call confirming the information session date and time.

Our new season begins in August 2007 and we would love to have a staff
of available volunteers for each concert. You do not have to volunteer
for all concerts, you will be given a list of dates and you may pick
whichever date(s) are best for you.

We also need volunteers with marketing, fundraising and program
development experience for our future endeavors. Our goal is to add a
music education component to our organization in the future.

For more information on the Salt Creek Sinfonietta visit our website.

How to Apply:
Email: jrodela2007@hotmail.com stating your interest in volunteering
along with your name and phone number.
OR:
Fax your resume to 773-584-0861

14.) Board Members, Mountain Pride Media (Vermont)

MPM is going through an exciting period of growth and trying to attract
the right visionaries to our Board of Directors to support this growth.
We're looking for GLBT or Allied community members that are interested
in our mission, full of energy and ideas, with a good sense of humor,
and interested in exploring specific areas of media communication.

We're open to any and all ideas, but it seems that the Vermont GLBTQ
community is interested in web communications, print media, (internet)
radio, TV, event promotions, and more. If you have skills or interests
in one or more of these areas, consider joining us!

How to Apply:
Please e-mail contact@mountainpridemedia.org expressing your interest in
becoming a Board member. we will then e-mail you an application packet
and explore further meetings.
15.) Spokesperson, Girls on the Run (San Francisco, Ca.)

Help represent Girls on the Run at various races, open houses, volunteer
fairs, information sessions, and other outreach opportunities in the
community. Please contact Susan Roberts, Program Director at
415.863.8942 or email sroberts@gotrsf.org if you are interested in
joining this committee and spreading the word about Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a life-changing non-profit running program for girls
in 3rd through 8th grade to help build self esteem. Our mission is to
educate and build confidence in young girls by providing
non-competitive, curriculum-based running programs in San Francisco,
Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo Counties.

16.) Marketing and Outreach, Girls on the Run (San Francisco, Ca.)

Help spread the word about Girls on the Run to our community! Duties
include helping to publicize volunteer opportunities (coaches and
running buddies) and the Lollipop Run. Please contact Susan Roberts,
Program Director at 415.863.8942 or email sroberts@gotrsf.org if you are
interested in joining this committee.

Girls on the Run is a life-changing non-profit running program for girls
in 3rd through 8th grade to help build self esteem. Our mission is to
educate and build confidence in young girls by providing
non-competitive, curriculum-based running programs in San Francisco,
Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo Counties.

***Fun Opportunity

2007 New England Spring Flower Show Volunteer

On March 17th the Massachusetts Horticultural Society will kick off its
136th New England Spring Flower Show.

The nine day event at the Bayside Expo Center is mainly staffed by
Volunteers doing a variety of fun and exciting activities: proctoring
the Lecture Hall and getting to hear garden greats like Tovah Martin,
Adrian Bloom, and Tony Avent; interacting with customers at our store
Flora and selling all of the great gardening books and gifts; signing up
new members at the Membership Booth; being an Ambassador and the first
face the visitors at the Flower Show will see; managing the Hort
Information Station in the middle of all the amazing exhibits –
answering visitor’s horticultural questions; being on hand at the
Culinary Stage observing the talented chefs and seeing what creations
they have in store; helping our Members at the Members Lounge checking
in and relaxing after touring the show; and being in the middle of the
hub in the Show Office – aiding the vendors and exhibitors who
participate in the Show and getting a behind-the-scenes view at what
goes on in one of the busiest Flower Shows in the country!

How to Apply:
If interested, please contact Sydney-Anne Jones, Volunteer & Outreach
Coordinator, at sjones@masshort.org or at 617.933.4934.

*** We’ve reached the end of this week’s show, please stay tuned for
next week’s exciting adventure through the world of volunteering.

*** This is your Volunteer Job of the Week e-mail newsletter; please
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shared with everyone in the network.

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communicators, send it to Heather or Rachel (VJOTWnews@gmail.com), and
we'll share it with the network. It's that simple. And we plan to share
many opportunities each week. Did I mention it was free?

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