March 13, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

March 13, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it. “
- Elias Schwartz

Welcome to another week of VJOTW!

OK, it's official, Wikipedia has everything. While looking for
information this week, we stumbled upon the entry for 'volunteer.' We
don't even know where to begin – there are links, stats, and even a
definition – who knew that volunteering had a definition and eight
reasons and motivations for volunteering. Seemed it was a lot simpler
concept, but if you are into details check it out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer.

At any rate, on to something more topical – St. Patty's Day.
Unfortunately, we came up empty handed for fun St. Patty's Day
volunteering opportunities. So, that means you'll have more time for
green beer and corned beef and cabbage. Hmm, since we're in Wikipedia,
let's see what they have: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Patrick%27s_Day. While St. Patrick's
Day used to be a religious celebration for centuries, it has been a
public holiday in Ireland since 1903 (shouldn't the US catch up with
that after all Boston first celebrated the day in 1737), and even Moscow
has a St. Patty's Day Parade (green vodka?) —  at least a lot of fun
reading. For next year, we highly recommend looking into volunteer
opportunities in Ireland – it's a great time.

Well, another week is kicking off – enjoy as the week unfolds!

Take care,
Heather and RachelVJOTWnews@gmail.com

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
***This week's opportunities
1.) Committee Members, Operation: MOM Golf Tournament (Castro Valley,
CA)
2.) Volunteer Computer Teacher and Web Designer, BERUDEP Christian Women
for Development (Belo, Cameroon, Africa)
3.) Communications, Polishing Stone Foundation (Virtual)
4.) PR, Men Can Stop Rape (Washington, DC)
5.) Special Events, Capital QFAD (Washington, DC)
6.) Member, Board of Directors, Polly Klaas Foundation (Petaluma, CA)
7.) Project Assistant, ShantiSalaam (Washington, DC)
8.) Board Members, Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation
(Baltimore, MD)
9.) Events Planning Committee, Coppin Heights Community Development
Corporation (Baltimore, MD)
10.) Fundraising/Events, Mt. Nittany Conservancy (State College, PA)
11.) Public Relations, Just Tell (New York, NY)

*** Weekly Fun Report

Now, on with this week's opportunities…

*** One Paragraph Pitch:
Volunteers needed for Fundraising Gala
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Directly above the Crystal City Metro Station

Schedule:
6:00 p.m. – VIP Reception, General Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. – Dinner, Award Ceremony and Celebrity Entertainment
11:00 p.m. – Silent Auction Close Out

The SemperComm Foundation is hosting its third annual Gala and Silent
Auction to help raise funds for the Foundation's mission to support
service members stationed at small, overseas remote U.S. military bases.
As a 501(c)(3) charity, the SemperComm Foundation is dedicated to
supplying these bases with morale-boosting communications and
entertainment equipment, software and services that enable service
members to stay connected to their lives and loved ones back home.

More than 800 people are expected to attend the event this year. Guests
will include federal government officials, members of Congress,
Congressional staff, senior military personnel, executives of sponsoring
companies, celebrity entertainers and more.

In order to facilitate an event of this size, the SemperComm team is
looking for approximately 50 volunteers to assist with event logistics.

SemperComm is looking for eager volunteers to help fill the following
roles:
.Registration personnel – register attendees, provide general
information and directions and lead VIPs to the VIP reception
.Shadows – act as assistants throughout the event to certain attendees
and staff, ensuring that specific needs are fulfilled and/or designated
persons reach assigned areas when appropriate
.Show-flow personnel and greeters – assist with directing the show and
the overall program as well as assist attendees in a directional
capacity
.Help desk personnel – manage the help desk during registration
.Silent Auction personnel – personnel to set-up, break-down or work on
the logistics of the silent auction

Those interested should contact the SemperComm Volunteer team via e-mail
at volunteers@sempercomm.org no later than Monday, April 2, 2007. You
can also access more information and a downloadable form from the
following link. https://www.sempercomm.org/sc/main/sempercomm.nsf/content/gala2007volunteers

***Up next, today's listings.
1.) Committee Members, Operation: MOM Golf Tournament (Castro Valley,
CA)
 
Operation Mom is getting ready to kick off our planning for our Annual
Golf Tournament for the troops scheduled for June 29 at the Dublin Ranch
Golf Course. We are looking for a few good volunteers who can help us
plan and execute this big fundraiser. We'll need golfers, sponsorships,
raffle prizes etc. If you are good with executing a great fundraiser and
would like to join our committee, please contact sandra@operationmom.org.

2.) Volunteer Computer Teacher and Web Designer, BERUDEP Christian Women
for Development (Belo, Cameroon, Africa)

Volunteer in Computer and IT and web designer is needed to help BERUDEP
in Volunteer teacher to teach rural kids and youths with basic skills in
computer and typing. Volunteer with a strong IT background to help us
out in designing a website for the following schools and organizations:

Volunteer Requirement
The volunteer must have a solid background in web design.
The volunteer must have PHP experience.
Previous experience for webdesigners is a plus and some
example of computer related to business skills will be great.
Volunteer should be able to transfer skills to local staff.

Location: Rural Belo

For more information about living in Belo visit our website; http://www.berudep.org

Project Duration:
Minimum duration 1 month and Maximum of 6 month. Longer stays are
negotiable.

Project Fee:
No fees are charged but volunteers will pay their living cost. We
estimate that this will cost 200$ per month = Includes food (3 meals a
day), accommodation, water, internet.

Volunteer Support:

Throughout your stay in Cameroon you will have the support and guidance
of our experienced BERUDEP volunteer coordinators. They will provide you
with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.

Volunteer Orientation:
Before your arrival at the project you will receive further information
relating to your trip, as well as hints on cultural aspects to be aware
of and final pre-departure information.

Upon your arrival in the Belo area you will be briefed more extensively
by our project manager , with reference to a basic understanding of
local cultures; specifics of your project and its daily life, etc

How to Apply:
For more information and questions please contact
Godwin Mawoh mawoh7@gmail.com 

3.) Communications, Polishing Stone Foundation (Virtual)

Help to broaden our reach of sustainability and social responsibility
messages through our educational magazine: The Polishing Stone. See http://www.polishingstone.org

We are in an ongoing process of researching target businesses for bulk
purchases of magazines for staff gifts and organizations to enhance
their membership benefits and/or augment their fundraising programs.
Once a target company/organization has been identified, we need
volunteers to initiate contact and introduce our bulk sales and
fundraising programs. Volunteers should have strong communication skills
and enjoy networking: calling and meeting new people, sharing their
passion about our mission. Other essentials skills include the ability
to recognize and convey how our programs can meet the
company/organization's needs.

How to Apply:
All interested applicants, please contact Kylie at kylie@polishingstone.org. Virtual volunteers only please.

4.) PR, Men Can Stop Rape (Washington, DC)

Are you someone who likes volunteering at big events? Have experience
making press calls or soliciting auction items? Passionate about men's
role in the prevention of gender violence?

On Thursday, April 19, 2007 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm, MEN CAN STOP RAPE,
the national leader in engaging young men in gender violence prevention,
is hosting our 10th Anniversary event, “Illuminating the Past, Igniting
the Future,” at the National Press Club.

Hosted by Russ Parr, this celebration will feature EVE ENSLER, Vagina
Monologues creator and recipient of MCSR's Lifetime Ally Award. An
after-party will follow, with music provided by club favorite Rob
Harris.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:

1) On THURSDAY 3/15, we need help mailing invitations out. Not free
during the day? We have volunteer hours scheduled from 6:30 pm – 8:00
pm.

2) Have experience soliciting auction items or making follow-up press
calls? We need your help BEFORE the event. You can either work from home
or work at our office located in Adam's Morgan.

3) Want to help out the evening of the event, in between the hours of
3:00 – 11:00 pm? (THIS IS OUR GREATEST NEED! :-) We need people to
register guests, assist with VIP guests, and any other event
logistics-related tasks.

Men Can Stop Rape empowers male youth and the institutions that serve
them to work as allies with women in preventing rape and other forms of
men's violence. Go to our website – http://www.mencanstoprape.org – to
learn more about us!

How to Apply:
SIGN UP NOW! Email Nicole at nplayer@mencanstoprape.org.

To reserve tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact
Barbara Saylor, ImageFarm Public Relations, at 202.680.8881 or at Barbara@imagefarmpr.com

5.) Special Events, Capital QFAD (Washington, DC)

The Capital QFAD Fundraising and Events Q-mittee is looking for new
members to assist with the development, implementation, and execution of
our fundraising plan. Specifically, we need help with the planning of
our upcoming Auction/Reception Event (to be held in either July or
September) and with some additional small-scale fundraising parties that
we are looking to host within the next 6 months.

We are a volunteer-driven organization, and our programming relies
solely on the donations from our events. If you would like to help the
organization achieve its overall goal of expanding the number of
hospitals Capital QFAD serves to ultimately raise the self-confidence of
as many pediatric cancer patients in the area, please let us know!

The Fundraising and Events Q-mittee meets on a monthly basis, and
additonally as needed. If you are interested in serving on this
Q-mittee, please email Beth at capitalqfadfundraisers@gmail.com as soon
as possible.

Please send an email indicating your interest, availability, and
background to Beth at capitalqfadfundraisers@gmail.com 

6.) Member, Board of Directors, Polly Klaas Foundation (Petaluma, CA)

The Polly Klaas(R) Foundation, a national non profit based in Petaluma,
California, is seeking several new board members from the nine-county
San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento region to join its Board of
Directors. Ideal candidates will bring to the Board skills and
understanding of the changing nature of a national non-profit in the
quickly developing online world and will provide guidance as we develop
new program areas and new approaches to fundraising. Candidates with a
variety of experience and skills backgrounds are invited to apply.

PLEASE VIEW BOARD RECRUITMENT MATERIALS AT http://www.pollyklaas.org/board/recruitment, or visit http://www.pollyklaas.org and click Board.

The Polly Klaas[R] Foundation is a national non profit founded in 1993
following the abduction and murder of Polly Klaas. Committed to the
recovery of missing children and the promotion of child abduction
prevention programs, the organization operates a 24/7 hotline 365 days a
year, provides comprehensive child find services, and offers
prevention/education materials including Child Safety Kits and Internet
Safety Kits. The Foundation works closely with law enforcement
professionals to find missing children and with policymakers on critical
child safety legislation – such as Amber Alert.

The Foundation has an active online presence, www.pollyklaas.org, with
thousands of new visitors each month from around the world. Online
engagement includes access to safety kits and other sources of child
abduction prevention information, a monthly eNewsletter and
opportunities to participate in our eVolunteer programs.

BOARD RECRUITMENT MATERIALS AND APPLICATION MAY BE FOUND AT: http://www.pollyklaas.org/board/recruitment, or visit http://www.pollyklaas.org and click Board.

7.) Project Assistant, ShantiSalaam (Washington, DC)
 
ShantiSalaam is an exciting and new international arts-based peace and
conflict resolution initiative in South Asia. They have currently
returned from their first 8 week pilot tour traveling through India,
Kashmir and Pakistan.

They are accepting applications from individuals/ interns who want to
assist in international peace building.

Applicants must be able to meet every Tuesday night from 9:00 – 11:30 PM
with the founding directors and staff as they prepare for the return
tour. The individual(s) selected shall be involved with planning,
outreach, research, program development, note taking, fund raising,
general administration and database management.

*If interested please send your resume with a cover letter to projecthome@googlegroups.com and/ or contact Shahid Buttar-at
202.316.9229 or email him directly:
shahid.buttar@gmail.com

For more information the organization visit: http://www.ShantiSalaam.org

8.) Board Members, Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation
(Baltimore, MD)

The Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation is a grassroots
nonprofit organization established by the then Coppin State College
Foundation Board (now Coppin State University), to advance the broader
community improvement/neighborhood revitalization agenda of Coppin State
University — — to be a catalyst for suitable and affordable housing
for low to moderate income residents, and to stimulate economic
development within neighborhoods in the Greater Coppin Heights/Rosemont
Community through the establishment of social, economic, educational and
affordable housing development initiatives that collectively increase
the stability and sustainability of our community.

The Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation works in
partnership with residents, Coppin State University, and a host of other
partners to develop and implement programs and projects that address the
core concerns identified by community residents during the development
of the Greater Coppin Heights/Rosemont Community Revitalization Plan:

. slum and blight removal.
. community safety.
. elimination of known health and educational disparities.

CHCDC is seeking is seeking volunteers with diverse backgrounds to serve
on its Board of Directors. The Board's role is to oversee the activities
of the organization carried out by the management and employees.

Ideal candidates will have an understanding of our organization's
mission and a reputation of strong integrity. Candidates should have
experience in positions requiring the demonstration of responsibility
and leadership roles in an organization. Candidates will be selected
based on qualification without regard to race or gender. Candidates must
be willing to devote sufficient time to fulfill their responsibilities.

CHCDC values the commitment of men and women who turn their concerns
into action in the community and support our organization in meeting and
exceeding challenges on a daily basis. If you are interested in spending
your valuable time to help fulfill our mission to improve the quality of
life in the Greater Coppin Heights/Rosemont Communiy, please contact us
to have Board Application information forward to you.

Send your letter of interest detailing why you are right for the
position to Michelle McEachern:

By Mail: CHCDC – Board Member Recruitment
1100 Whitmore Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216

By Email: mmceachern@coppin.edu

9.) Events Planning Committee, Coppin Heights Community Development
Corporation (Baltimore, MD)

The Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation is a grassroots
nonprofit organization established by the then Coppin State College
Foundation Board (now Coppin State University), to advance the broader
community improvement/neighborhood revitalization agenda of Coppin State
University — — to be a catalyst for suitable and affordable housing
for low to moderate income residents, and to stimulate economic
development within neighborhoods in the Greater Coppin Heights/Rosemont
Community through the establishment of social, economic, educational and
affordable housing development initiatives that collectively increase
the stability and sustainability of our community.

The Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation works in
partnership with residents, Coppin State University, and a host of other
partners to develop and implement programs and projects that address the
core concerns identified by community residents during the development
of the Greater Coppin Heights/Rosemont Community Revitalization Plan:

. slum and blight removal.
. community safety.
. elimination of known health and educational disparities.

CHCDC sponsors and co-sponsers many events throughout the year including
resource fairs, fundraisers, and friendraisers. To ensure successful
events, we To ensure a successful project, we are looking to recruit
candidates to serve on our Events Planning Committee and help us in
areas from product donations,photography,volunteer security,food and
beverage, entertainment, media, vendors, etc.
We are seeking motivated, committed, dedicated individuals that possess
excellent communication skills.

Our upcoming events include:
- Housing Resource Fair – May 26th
- Community Flea Market & Resource Fair – June 2007
- Awards Luncheon – September 2007

Send your letter of interest detailing why you are right for the
position (include your resume if you have one) to Michelle McEachern:

By Mail: CHCDC – Board Member Recruitment
1100 Whitmore Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216

By Email: mmceachern@coppin.edu

10.) Fundraising/Events, Mt. Nittany Conservancy (State College, PA)

If you have some creative ideas for fundraising and events, we'd love to
have you join us at the Mt. Nittany Conservancy. We are developing new
ideas for fundraising and are looking for volunteers who can bring their
experience and/or enthusiasm to our organization. We don't require
experience, just a desire to help us raise funds and awareness of the
need to preserve Mt. Nittany for future generations.

Please email vol@mtnittany.org or call Karla at 814-237-0387 to
volunteer or to get more information.

11.) Public Relations, Just Tell (New York, NY)
The Mission of Just Tell is to reach out to youth, ages 8 to 17, who are
being sexually abused in order to convey, in age-appropriate language,
that they are not alone, that they are not to blame for the abuse, and
that they need to choose a trustworthy adult and reveal that they are
being molested.

We are a new Organization and we need: a Press Kit: a backgrounder, a
release, a fact sheet, and a bio. We'd also like to create a pamphlet.

Volunteer should have experience doing PR for Non-Profits and be
available to sit with
Director (in NYC) to learn more about the Org.

Please send a resume and samples of your work to Vivian@JustTell.org.
Please be in NY City and available now to begin to work on this. Thank
you!!!

*** Weekly Fun Report:

Support local agriculture – volunteer at a farmers' market

Spend your Sunday morning (or Saturday morning, or Tuesday or Thursday
afternoons) supporting our region's farmers and getting more involved in
your neighborhood and community!

FRESHFARM Markets' farmers' markets are more than community centers,
bustling over with activity and neighborhood gossip – we strive to build
and strengthen the local food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region. We
use our markets to create vibrant urban and community places, to provide
economic opportunities for farmers and to showcase our region's
agricultural bounty. We aim to create a sustainable urban-rural
partnership that brings the blessings of healthy local food to our
communities and sustains the working landscapes that feed us.

And we need your help! Become a volunteer and help make our markets
successful each week.

Volunteers do things like:
** Helping farmers set up their stands, and sometimes helping them sell
to customers when things get really busy
** Working the information booth, handing out recipes and fact sheets to
patrons
** Helping the market manager provide excellent customer service to our
market patrons
** Walking (or working!) the crowd to make sure that everything is safe,
friendly, and streamlined
** Assisting the market manager with setup and breakdown at the
beginning and end of market
** Helping out with our market events, like chef demonstrations or
author visits to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
** And much more!

TO VOLUNTEER: Contact Joanna at joannawinchester@gmail.com or
202-725-6513.
We will be hosting new volunteer orientations and training sessions
within the next couple of weeks.
Contact Joanna to get more details and reserve your spot!

To learn more, visit www.freshfarmmarket.org.

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