February 27, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

February 27, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.”
— Deepak Chopra

There are several – ok six – opportunities that aren't in today's VJOTW.
Nope, not a case of an over zealous sensor; rather, a human-related
computer glitch that sent all the work into the ethos. And,
unfortunately, as much as we tried to rationalize that it would be
better to redo the work and give you lots more opportunities, we decided
that some days you just can't do it all – especially twice. Instead,
we're hoping that you see the humor in the situation and realize some
days are better than others. We certainly do – save and save often
didn't work in this case (long story). Ain't technology grand?! If this
isn't your day – you're in good company. We'll just laugh all the way to
5 o'clock.

While obviously we won't be getting an Oscar in editing any time soon,
we are looking forward to bigger and better opportunities in the
upcoming weeks. After all, it is finally the last Tuesday of February,
which means a step closer to spring. (At least one of us prefers flip
flops to ski boots.) That means lots of chances to dust off your skills
for groups that do gardening, house cleaning and other chores that
warmer weather permit.

If there aren't enough opportunities to choose from this week, please
forgive us — we'll try and find the missing opportunities in the
upcoming weeks. However, if you need some ideas how to give back this
week, you could knit a baby blanket for a local hospital, bake cupcakes
for a school fundraiser or donate gently used items to a local charity.
There are so many things that you can do – even with out an 'official'


Heather and RachelVJOTWnews@gmail.com

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
***This week's opportunities
1.) Media Director, Roosevelt Institution (Washington, DC)
2.) Arts & Culture Volunteer, Jewish Association for Services for the
Aged (New York, NY)
3.) Tutor, The Black Child Development Institute (Greensboro, NC)
4.) Community Outreach Coordinator or Safety Seminar Coordinator, Esteem
Regime (Quincy, Mass.)
5.) PR/Marketing Volunteers, Girls Quest (New York, NY)
6.) Volunteer Community Outreach Leader, American Red Cross (New York,
NY — Midtown West)
7.) Music Director Assistant, Little Lights Urban Ministries
(Washington, DC)
8.) Desktop designer, Survivorship (San Francisco, CA)
9.) Recruitment/Public Relations Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Santa Cruz County
*** Weekly Fun Report

This week's nominations for volunteer opportunities ..

*** One (or more) Paragraph Pitch:

We are looking for someone who wants to come to Rwanda to help us with
our media site. From Jan to June of 2007, the 80P team will be making
film shorts of people doing good works of good will but who have no way
of telling anyone about them.

For example, just this week we produced a 7 minute video about Solar
Cooking, a replacement for wood fires and a way to prevent lung disease
and burns from women cooking indoors. This video, along with 12 others,
will be broadcast at www.80PercentAngel.com/?video=5.

If you are a film student, marketing major or journalism student… or
you're sick of your job and want to become a video documentary or film
maker in Africa, please get in contact with us.

80PercenAngel.com is the portal for the first collaborative media site
to work real time in a post conflict country. We are a team of 5 people,
including translators in 6 countries, who work collectively to produce
professional video documentaries. The future of 80P is
80PercentAngel.org, which will be an open source database, where anyone
anywhere in the world can contribute a professional video about a story
of good work. Be a part of the community today.

How to Apply:
Email me at ParkerSnyder[at ]80PercentAngel.com and tell me why you want
to volunteer.

Please tag your email in the subject line: 80PApplicant so that my inbox
filters it and I can respond to it appropriately and timely.

You'll need to get here to Rwanda in 2007. We can probably arrange your
accommodation. We need all the help we can get as this project is
growing to alarming proportions! Just yesterday (Feb 19, 2007) we did a
presentation to 30 Rotary members in Kigali who were impressed with what
we're doing and want to support the idea. You can be a part of it. Email

***Up next, today's listings.

1.) Media Director, Roosevelt Institution (Washington, DC)

Responsibilities: Maintain and develop the Roosevelt Institution's
strong successes in National media

Send a resume and cover letter to executivedirector@rooseveltinstitution.org. Please put the position you
are interested in the subject line of your email and include in your
cover letter how many hours a week you would be able to devote to the
position, when your availability starts and ends, and what your favorite
thing about Roosevelt is.

2.) Arts & Culture Volunteer, Jewish Association for Services for the
Aged (New York, NY)

Sundays at JASA, a unique educational and enrichment program for older
adults, is seeking an energetic volunteer to help put together our
exciting lecture series. Sundays at JASA seeks attracts lecturers from a
variety of backgrounds and this semester we will welcome Ernestine
Bradley, Victor S. Navasky and Fyvush Finkel.

This is a terrific opportunity for a volunteer interested in arts &
culture with good office/clerical skills and an engaging personality.

Volunteers are needed on Sundays from 10am-2pm at our location on the
Upper West Side.

JASA (Jewish Association for Services for the Aged) is the largest
community based social service agency serving the elderly in the New
York area. JASA provides an array of social services to New York area
seniors with the mission of enabling the elderly to live independently
for as long as possible.

For more information send an email to acolier@jasa.org.

3.) Tutor, The Black Child Development Institute (Greensboro, NC)

The Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro (BCDI-G) seeks
tutors to develop learning plans to help build scholastic skills. Tutors
will create positive learning environments and commit 2 hours a week of
their time. Tutors will also serve as positive role models.

How to Apply:
Please fill out an enrollment form. Forms are available 9am-5pm
Monday-Friday at the BCDI-G office located at 1200 East Market Street,
Greensboro, NC 27401. Questions: Kim Powell – VISTA, (336) 230-2138, bcdi-g@hotmail.com.

4.) Community Outreach Coordinator or Safety Seminar Coordinator, Esteem
Regime (Quincy, Mass.)

Community Outreach Coordinator – Recruit survivors who want to assist
our organization's mission by promoting community awareness of domestic
violence through fundraisers and public events.

Safety Seminar Coordinator- Coordinate our safety seminars for survivors
that include safety tactics and the necessary self defense methods in
order to protect themselves against an attacker

How to Apply:
To register as a volunteer, or to receive more information, send an
email to: volunteer@esteemregime.com

5.) PR/Marketing Volunteers, Girls Quest (New York, NY)

Girls Quest seeks experienced individuals to assist us with our public
relations initiatives. Experience in public relations and marketing is

Girls Quest needs volunteers to work with staff to provide support for
all or any of the following:

*Writing and releasing custom press releases

*Developing and implementing an online media kit and pressroom

*Writing and editing pitch letters/news stories to obtain media coverage
(TV, radio, print or Internet) and potential partnerships opportunities
on behalf of Girls Quest

*Making contact with media and maintaining a media contact list

*Maintaining our web presence and other electronic communications

*Tracking and cataloging media hits

*Assisting in the development of communications strategies for Girls
Quest, including researching the best media outlets for marketing the

Minimum Commitment: To be determined.

Additional Qualifications:

* Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to Girls Quest's mission,
issues and projects.

* Work experience in strategic or campaign communications, public
relations, or brand marketing preferred.

* Excellent written and oral communications skills.

* Website design or maintenance skills – Assist in research, E-News
mailing list, partner links and logos and site management back-up.

* Current and/or prior work experience in communications, public
relations or

* Knowledge of computer software, including Microsoft Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe PageMaker and/or
Adobe Illustrator.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and writing sample attention to Susan Hall,
Executive Director by email at volunteer@girlsquest.org, by fax at
212-532-7061 or by mail to Girls Quest, 150 West 30th Street, Suite 901,
New York, NY 10001.

6.) Volunteer Community Outreach Leader, American Red Cross (New York,
NY — Midtown West)

Community Outreach Leaders deliver non-certification presentations to
community organizations and agencies to teach people how to prevent,
prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
.Conducts presentations in the community
.Evaluates presentations
.Attends health and street fairs to promote community education programs

.Attends recommended training courses relevant to position
.Attends relevant meetings

Time Commitment/Shifts:
.A minimum of one event (4 hours) a month

.Public speaking and communication skills
.Assists with special projects and other areas whenever necessary
.Bilingual skills a plus (especially Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese,

.Volunteer Orientation (2 hours)
.Community Outreach Leader Training (3 hours)
.Continued mentoring as necessary (minimum of 3 hours)

How To Apply: Please Register for Volunteer Orientation at http://www.nyredcross.org/orientation

7.) Music Director Assistant, Little Lights Urban Ministries
(Washington, DC)

Little Lights Urban Ministries focuses its academic and spiritual
nurturing for underserved communities within Washington, D. C. We wish
to empower youth to achieve their greatest potential academically and
spiritually. We want to reach out to kids and families in the city with
compassion and love to help them understand their own eternal value. As
we busily prepare for our 2006-2007 Little Lights' After-school
Programs, we need qualified volunteers such as you to help us make this
year one the kids will never forget. We are always looking for more

We are looking to hire a part-time music intern to support the Music
Director and assist with our Choir. Our choir consists of children ages
8 and up.

Duties may include:
* Assist with program logistics
* Set-up and maintain program supplies
* Assist choreograph and teach dance steps
* Accompany the choir through piano or other instruments
* Supervise children during trips and concerts

All college or graduate students who are interested in social work,
teaching music, or urban ministry are encouraged to apply, open to all

Fridays 4:30 – 6:00pm
This is an unpaid position

Feel free to email volunteer@littlelights.org for more information about
our programs. Please visit our website at

8.) Desktop designer, Survivorship (San Francisco, CA)

Volunteer needed to layout 3 page bi-monthly newsletter and/or
tri-yearly 20 page journal for non-profit organization. Journal also
needs redesign.

For further information and any questions,
email survivorshipstaff@yahoo.com
Thank you for your interest!

Survivorship is one of the oldest and most respected organizations
supporting survivors of extreme child abuse, including sadistic sexual
abuse, ritualistic abuse, mind control, and torture.

Survivorship provides resources, healing, and community for survivors;
training and education for professionals who may serve survivors; and
support for survivors' partners and other allies. The organization
functions as a lifeline for survivors who may be isolated emotionally or
geographically. Through community outreach and training, Survivorship
also raises awareness about these difficult issues.

9.) Recruitment/Public Relations Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Santa Cruz County

Recruitment/Public Relations Committee
The Recruitment/PR Committee is responsible for the presentation of the
Big Brothers Big Sisters program to the community and for recruitment of
volunteers and publicity of fundraisers.
A Committee Member
– Creates an annual plan for sustained agency exposure
– Attends monthly committee meetings
– Works with staff to develop strategies for recruitment of volunteers
in Santa Cruz County
– Helps staff develop and create marketing and promotional materials for
local media
– Writes editorials on behalf of BBBS to recruit volunteers and promote
– Acts as an “agency ambassador” promoting BBBS for recruitment purposes
in the Santa Cruz County
– Other assistance to recruitment/PR staff as needed

Required Qualifications
– Experience in recruitment strategies and/or public relations,
marketing and advertising, or journalism.
– Ability to attend scheduled monthly committee meetings
– Ability to work and communicate with committee members and staff

Desired Qualifications
– Knowledge of Santa Cruz County
– Linkages with local media sources
– Committee work experience

Fund Development Committee
The Fund Development Committee is responsible for creating and
implementing a plan to raise the funds necessary for both the agency
operations and the achievement of agency goals and objectives.
A Committee Member
– Creates and implements fundraising plan
– Assists with and actively participates in special fundraising events,
including Bowl for Kids' Sake, the Day on the Bay Regatta, Make a Match
campaign, and corporate development
– Attends monthly committee meetings
– Acts as an “agency ambassador” promoting BBBS for fundraising
development in Santa Cruz County

Required Qualifications
– Experience with fundraising and special events
– Ability to attend scheduled monthly committee meetings
– Ability to work and communicate with committee members and staff

Desired Qualifications
– Knowledge of Santa Cruz County
– Linkages within Santa Cruz County, corporations, etc
– Committee work experience

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want
them, contributing to brighter futures, stronger schools, and better
communities for all.

To assist children and youth to achieve their highest potential by
providing quality mentoring relationships

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County has been the preeminent
mentoring youth-service organization for twenty-five years. Their
service is based on their volunteers. They have proven success in
creating and nurturing positive relationships that benefit everyone,
including the volunteer, the child, families, and the community.

Contact Marie Cubillas, Executive Director, at 831-464-8691 or postmaster@santacruzbbbs.org.

*** Weekly Fun Report:

Spring Break Volunteering in New Orleans

We are returning to New Orleans and it promises to be even more
fufilling than the last trip! Our last trip was a success and you can
see the pictures and video from that trip on our website at http://www.help4families.org The need is STILL so great, there is alot
of work to be done!

Dates: March 18, 2007 through April 15, 2007. Most folks spring break
falls into these dates somewhere!

Cost: $150 per person, per week. This will cover your food and lodging,
please contact us for reduced costs for large (15 or more) groups.

Other details: Volunteers will be responsible for their own travel to
and from New Orleans and must have transportation once in New Orleans to
get back and forth to the worksites.

For more information, see either http://www.help4families.org or http://www.reliefspark.org
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