March 7, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

March 7, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what
he cannot help.”  -Dr. Thomas Fuller

Mark your calendar for Earth Day, which falls this year on Sunday April
22, 2007!

According to Wikipedia, “The first Earth Day, in 1970, had participants
and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten
thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities
across the United States. More importantly, it “brought 20 million
Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in
favor of environmental reform.”

“Senator Gaylord Nelson directly credited the first Earth Day with
persuading U.S. politicians that environmental legislation had a
substantial, lasting constituency. Now observed in 175 countries, and
coordinated by the not for profit Earth Day Network, www.earthday.org,
Earth Day is the largest secular holiday in the world.”

So, no matter the skills you can offer, consider finding a local
opportunity and lend the Earth a hand in April. And we're providing a
special section with some ideas to get you started.

Have a great week!

Heather and RachelVJOTWnews@gmail.com

(p.s.: Sorry we were one day late in getting the VJOTW out!)

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
***This week’s opportunities
1.) Marketing, Web, and Events Volunteers, Caregiver Resource Institute
(Sun City, Ariz.)
2.) Fundraising and Marketing Volunteer, Volunteer Frederick (Frederick,
Md.)
3. Fundraisers, Marketers, Event Coordinators,   HorseNet Rescue
(Eldersburg, Maryland)
4.) Marketing Volunteer, Hart Senior Center (Sacramento)
5.) Marketing and Sales Interns, Hoselling International (Chicago)
6.) The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) (Boston)
7.) The Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association (Miami)
8.) Newsletter and Promotion Help, Quincy Animal Shelter, Inc. (Quincy,
Mass.)
9.) Marketing/PR/Communications Help, Hands on Helpers (Princeton, NJ)
10.) Marketing/PR Volunteers (Habitat for Humanity (Trenton, NJ)
***Special Earth Day Activities
11.)Chicago Parks and Preserves Clean up
12.) San Diego – 18th Annual Earth Day Fair
13.) Various Volunteers, California State Parks Foundation (Various
Locations)
14.) Volunteers, SOLV IT (Various Locations in Oregon)
15.) Event Intern, EarthFest 2007 (Cleveland)

***Weekly Fun Report

***Without further ado, this week's opportunities…

***One Paragraph Pitch
Women in Community Service (WICS) New England Chapter in Boston is
looking for volunteers to help us plan a 5K (3.2 mile) road race this
spring. Volunteers are needed to help identify sponsors, get marketing
materials out, register runners, and help us with other race related
tasks. Volunteers will meet Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:30 starting
January 23rd, and will continue weekly meetings through mid-May.

If you're interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator:
Steph Sharp
617-227-3704sdsharp@wics.org

No experience is necessary; we'll answer questions and train as we go.
Interested volunteers who can't make Tuesday nights are still encouraged
to contact our volunteer coordinator.

***Now onto this week's regularly scheduled opportunities…

1.) Marketing, Web, and Events Volunteers, Caregiver Resource Institute
(Sun City, Ariz.)
For more than 25 years, the Caregiver Resource Institute (formerly
Volunteers for Hospice ) has been supporting caregivers and hospice
volunteers. The Caregiver Resource Institute (CRI) is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to improve the lives of caregivers by
supporting them with education, resources and community connections. To
fulfill this mission we provide information and other services to
caregivers, their families, and the general public. We also recruit and
educate volunteers to help with local hospice programs.
 PUT A LIFETIME OF SKILLS AND Experience to good use.
•   We need people who want to make an everyday difference!
•   Whether you are retired, a homemaker or a businessperson we need
your talents and your time.
•   Most positions offer flexible hours and flexible meeting locations. 

•   Meet great volunteers, work with a dynamic staff and, more
importantly, help the Caregiver Resource Institute reach out to
caregivers.
 
Here are some of the volunteer openings:
Seeking 3 Dynamic Board Members (40 hours per year)
CRI is seeking three dynamic entrepreneurial individuals experienced in
business, new business development or the senior care/health industry. 
The board meets 5-6 times per year + other meetings as required.  Click
here for a board member application
 
Marketing Manager Expertise (3 hours per month)
With CRI’s new name, mission and new service programs we need an
experienced marketing manager in planning and executing of high-impact,
marketing communication programs.  You would be helping CRI develop an
effecting image and campaign that would include writing collateral
pieces such as newspaper ads and 10 second  radio spots for various
events and expos.  
 
Web Site Experience  (2 hours per month)
We are looking for a “detail person” who would update and enhance
CRI’s very user-friendly web site.  Training is provided but
experience is helpful.  You will work closely with the CRI staff team. 
You will create and edit pages, add visual appeal and offer suggestions
for creating greater functionality.  After the initial training period,
this position could be worked from home.
 
Like Organizing Events?  (6-8 hours per month eight months)
Help CRI plan and implement our Hearts for Hospice Walk (Spring Event). 
Help us find a new location for the 2007 event, recruit more volunteers
and walk teams.

Phone: 623-583-4490
Wesite: www.vfhaz.org

2.) Fundraising and Marketing Volunteer, Volunteer Frederick (Frederick,
Md.)
Volunteer Frederick serves as a clearinghouse for volunteer
opportunities in the Frederick Co. area. Volunteer Frederick also
provides various youth service programs, senior volunteer programs,
emergency volunteer mobilization programs, a Business Volunteer Council
and much more!
The Pro Bono Consulting Program is recruiting an experienced
professional to develop and recommend a fund-raising and marketing
strategy and plan for a local nonprofit organization. This project
excludes the scope of Grants.
The Strategic Plan will probably include appropriate media instruments
(eg brochures, web site, other text, voice, and visual media),
“branding/messaging”, process for collection of pledges, and
campaign cost estimates.
 
Skills: Professional experience and credentials with fund raising and
business development
Contact: Lisa Orr
Phone: (301) 663-5214
Website: www.volunteerfrederick.org

3. Fundraisers, Marketers, Event Coordinators, HorseNet Rescue
(Eldersburg, Maryland)
HorseNet Horse Rescue is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit facility
located in New Windsor, Maryland. We DO NOT sell horses, but facilitate
the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of those animals in our care. We
do have some permanent residents, but strive to adopt out as many
animals as possible to loving informed homes. We are 100% volunteer run
and operate solely on donations.

HorseNet is 100% volunteer run and relies solely on volunteers and
donations for the care and operation of the rescue.
We welcome volunteers of all ages and skill sets. Don't know anything
about horses, but still want to help? No problem, there are many ways to
help out and learn about horses at the same time.

Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to (please note we do
not allow volunteers to ride the horses):
Daily chores: feeding, grooming, giving treats and love, fence mending,
building and maintenance.
Fundraising and Marketing
Coordinate Events
Everything Else… If you can think of other ways you can volunteer at
HorseNet we would welcome the help.

To volunteer for any HorseNet related activity, please email our
Volunteer Coordinator, Beth Kokoruda, at b_kokoruda@yahoo.com.

4.) Marketing Volunteer, Hart Senior Center (Sacramento)
Marketing Volunteer – Hart Senior Center is looking for an individual
with a marketing background to assist with  promotion of the center’s
services among older adults. The volunteer will help identify
opportunities to market seminars, classes, special events and
activities. Please contact Linda Hoschler at (916) 264-5462 or email: lhoschler@cityofsacramento.org.

5.) Marketing and Sales Interns, Hoselling International (Chicago)
Hostelling International-Chicago is a great place to gain valuable
experience for your career. The hostel utilizes interns throughout the
year. All internships are unpaid. Many interns are able to earn college
course credits while working at the hostel. Only 8 hours/ for 8 weeks is
required as a minimum. If you work 24 hours a week you can recieve
housing.

We are looking for Marketing and Sales interns to assist with
identification and pursuit of new customers. Generate repeat business
and word of mouth recommendations. Develop strategic marketing projects
and conduct focus group studies. Work with international travelers,
groups, youth and experience downtown Chicago!
 
Qualifications
•current enrollment in institute of higher learning or graduate of
same
•sales and marketing experience and aptitude
•excellent verbal and written communication skills
•strong organization abilities
•good computer skills with MSWord, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Contact: Thomas Applegate (Executive Director), 312-360-0300

6.) The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) (Boston)
The VRLC is seeking a marketing and/or graphic design professional with
Mac/Quark access and skills to help design the invitation and
collaterals for our annual “Shining Star” event, set to take place on
June 7, 2007, which honors our network of pro bono attorneys and
champions for our mission. Since the event takes place in June, we are
seeking immediate assistance (by March 2007). This is a “termed”
position requiring assistance from February 2007-May 2007. In addition
to creative/design skills, we are also seeking limited printing
capabilities to help provide cost-free/pro bono printing services. While
we would like to set up an initial one-on-one interview/volunteer
consultation at the VRLC's Boston office, the project work would be
completed at the volunteer's home on his/her own time, within the
required production deadlines. Individuals with creative abilities and
Mac/design skills.
Web Site: http://www.victimrights.org

7.) Website Volunteer, The Hispanic Marketing & Communication
Association (Miami)
The Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association is a non-for-profit,
Miami-based, independent organization whose members are individuals of
diverse backgrounds with a common interest in the Hispanic market in the
United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Volunteer Wanted – HMCA is looking for a website and Internet savvy
volunteer to help us maintain and grow our HMCA website. If you would
like to become involved with a dynamic, challenging and growth oriented
nonprofit professional association dedicated to Hispanic marketing
excellence, we would love to hear from you at hmca@hmca.org.
8.) Newsletter and Promotion Help, Quincy Animal Shelter, Inc. (Quincy,
Mass.)
Quincy Animal Shelter (QAS) is a 100% volunteer-run, no-kill shelter
that places cats and dogs into loving and permanent homes.
All animals at Quincy Animal Shelter are spayed or neutered and
up-to-date on vaccinations.

Opportunity: Assist in producing our newsletter and promoting Quincy
Animal Shelter throughout the community through various media and
promotional methods.
Diana Cassidy (Volunteer Coordinator)
Phone: (617) 376-1349
Website: www.quincyanimalshelter.org

9.) Marketing/PR/Communications Help, Hands on Helpers (Princeton, NJ)
Help us get the word out about Hands on Helpers! We're looking for
someone with experience in marketing, public relations and
communications who can help us develop a branding and awareness
campaign, to make potential volunteers aware of our service and bring
them to our site. If you're reading this, YOU already know about Hands
on Helpers – now you can help us reach others as well.
For more information, go to: Web Site:
http://www.handsonhelpers.org

10.) Marketing/PR Volunteers (Habitat for Humanity (Trenton, NJ)
Volunteers needed to write and publish our newsletter, update our
website, photograph and develop presentation materials.

Web Site: http://www.habitatnj.org

***Special Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities
11.)Chicago Parks and Preserves Clean up
April 21, 2007, 9:00AM – Noon – Friends of the Parks believes everyday
should be Earth Day. In order to come together as a community each
spring, Friends of the Parks hosts its annual Earth Day Parks and
Preserves Clean-Up.

Volunteers are encouraged to remove litter, mulch trees, prepare garden
beds, remove invasive species and recycle in their local park or
preserve. Visit www.FOTP.org to learn more and to register to volunteer.

12.) San Diego – 18th Annual Earth Day Fair
The 18th annual San Diego EarthFair 2007 , which happens on Earth Day,
Sunday, April 22, will attract upwards of 60,000 people and over 240
exhibitors to Balboa Park to celebrate their commitment to our
environment and this year's theme: “Cool the Earth!” Be one of the 400+
volunteers who produce this event! When you volunteer, you are the heart
of the team that makes the EarthFair possible.

There are many different jobs available and three 3-4 hour shifts.You
can work one shift or help out all day. You can stick to a single job or
sample several. If you are a first time volunteer, you will need to
attend one of the two Volunteer Training meetings that are held the week
before the Fair, so you can meet your team members and know exactly
where to go and what to do when you arrive at the Park.

You can get complete information about volunteering and register at our
website at http://www.EarthDayWeb.org.

13.) Various Volunteers, California State Parks Foundation (Various
Locations)
Planning for the 10th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup is well
underway. The CSPF Earth Day 2007 program will be held on Saturday,
April 21, 2007, and we are ready to celebrate ten terrific years of
environmental stewardship with you – our dedicated volunteers! We have
been working closely with parks and event sponsors to organize rewarding
earth day projects at a park near you. Please click here for further
information on volunteering, project locations, and event details. If
you have questions about how you can become involved, please email earthday@calparks.org or call 1.888.98.PARKS (888.987.2757).

14.) Volunteers, SOLV IT (Various Locations in Oregon)
Volunteer for SOLV IT 2007, one of the largest Earth Day projects in the
nation!
On Saturday, April 28th, thousands of volunteers will converge on
approximately 100 project sites in the greater Portland metropolitan
area and work together to SOLV IT.
SOLV IT focuses on cleaning illegal dumpsites, beautifying and enhancing
neighborhoods and public spaces, restoring watersheds, and much more. In
the past seventeen years, SOLV IT volunteers have removed more than
6,400 tons of debris from illegal dumpsites, neighborhoods and natural
areas.
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2007
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(School Service-Learning Projects may take place any time April 22-28,
2007) Geographic Area: Greater Portland Metro Area (Clackamas, Columbia,
Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties)
Project Application Deadline: February 19, 2007

To Volunteer: SOLV IT will take place on Saturday, April 28th, 2007.
You can also call SOLV at (503) 844-9571 or (800) 333-SOLV toll-free in
Oregon.

15.) Event Intern, EarthFest 2007 (Cleveland)
Earth Day Coalition's EarthFest 2007 will be held on Sunday, April 22,
2007 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. EarthFest is Ohio’s largest
environmental education event and one of the longest standing and most
successful Earth Day events in the country. EarthFest features over 125
non-profit and business exhibitors and involves upwards of 600 active
volunteers. In past years between 10,000 to 70,000 people have attended
EarthFest annually.

Intern Position: Event Planning/Event Coordinating
Start date: Spring 2007
Time Commitment: 4 hours per week minimum/10 preferred
Schedule: Flexible.

Skills Needed:
• Excellent organization skills
• Self-motivated & enthusiastic
• Responsible & flexible
• General office skills
• Proficient with MS Word, Excel, etc.
• Marketing/PR knowledge
• Strong verbal & written communication skills
• Previous event experience a plus
• Strong computer skills/Macintosh experience a plus

Event Planning/Event Coordinating:
The primary function of this position is to assist in coordinating
EarthFest 2007, to be held Sunday, April 22, 2007 at Cleveland
Metroparks Zoo. Specific duties will include coordination and
development for all exhibit areas, coordinating event logistics and
volunteers, building sponsorships, develop media plan and preparing
event marketing and media materials, and planning and implementing
outreach presentations to high schools, colleges & targeted businesses.

EarthFest Background:
Earth Day Coalition's EarthFest 2007 will be held on Sunday, April 22,
2007 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. EarthFest is Ohio’s largest
environmental education event and one of the longest standing and most
successful Earth Day events in the country. EarthFest features over 125
non-profit and business exhibitors and involves upwards of 600 active
volunteers. In past years between 10,000 to 70,000 people have attended
EarthFest annually.

For More Information Contact:
Liza Aromas, Special Events/Marketing Coordinator
Earth Day Coalition
3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland OH 44113
Phone: (216) 281-6468 ext. 231 Fax: (216) 281-5112laromas@earthdaycoalition.org
www.earthdaycoalition.org

***Weekly Fun Report
10th Annual Downtown Dash for Diabetes
Job Title: Downtown Dash for Diabetes Corporate Sponsor “Salesman”
 Corporate Sponsor “Salesman”
Do you like meeting people from different companies in various
industries? Not afraid to pick up the phone and connect with new people?
 Boy have we a volunteer opportunity for you!  The Diabetes Association
of Atlanta is planning our upcoming 10th Annual Downtown Dash for
Diabetes Run/Walk in March 2006.  We need corporate sponsors to help
underwrite this event.  We need you to help develop our list of
corporate sponsors, answer questions they may have about the event or
the different sponsorship levels and obtain sponsorship contributions. 
This event is fun, FUN, fun!  We have a great group of volunteers
working on various aspects of the event.  Join a fun group of people
helping raise money for a great cause. 
Skills: Experience in fundraising or sales preferred.  Must be
comfortable making cold calls.  This position requires an 8 to 10 month
commitment at 4 hours a week.  

Job Title: Public Relations Coordinator 
Public Relations Coordinator
Seeking individual to assist with the development and implementation of
a comprehensive communications plan and media relations strategy to
generate visibility for the Diabetes Association of Atlanta, Inc. 
Specific responsibilities include:
-Develop a communications plan
-Prepare a timeline for press releases; identify the best outlets and
maintain a list of local media contacts.
-Develop a press kit.
-Create and distribute press releases for events, programs, and
fundraising activities
-Help establish and develop relationships with local media
-Assist with publicizing of fundraising events and campaigns
Skills: Background in Public Relations or Communications.  Must possess
a working knowledge of MS Office.  This opportunity requires a minimum
of four hours a week

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