March 20, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

March 20, 2007 – Volunteer Job of the Week

“You've got to be original, because if you're like someone else, what do
they need you for?”
– Bernadette Peters, Inside the Actors Studio

Welcome to another week of VJOTW!

OK, we just have to comment. Community service is a nice way to make
people repay society when they act, well, like jerks. The hope is that
it teaches them something. But, somehow, I don't think Naomi Campbell is
going to learn a thing from her 5-day stint at the sanitation depot.
Granted, we could be wrong – wouldn't be the first time. And, maybe –
just maybe – it'll do some good. The thing is, stiletto heels and a
perfect coif don't seem to be the best way to show you're giving this
any consideration other than a forced commitment. For us, it seemed a
bit contrary to the idea of giving back. If you're interested in the
full story – and not our take on it – you can find it at: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/19/ap/entertainment/main2583154.shtml?source=search_story

At any rate, thought this was a fun story to share (and maybe a bit of a
different take on giving back) – if you have any of your own or see
anything, don't hesitate to let us know.

Take care,
Heather and RachelVJOTWnews@gmail.com

In this issue:

*** One Paragraph Pitch
***This week's opportunities
1.) Various positions, Jubilee USA Network (Chicago, Il)
2.) Special Event Coordinators, Project Education Plus (Chicago, Il)
3.) Volunteer Coordinator, American Red Cross of Riverside County
(Riverside, CA)
4.) Special Projects Coordinator, Cabrini Mission Corps (Golden, Co)
5.) Various, Texas Campaign for the Environment (Dallas, Tx)
6.) E-Mentor, I Could Be (Virtual)
7.) Family Support Committee Member, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
(Honolulu, Hi)
8.) Zoo Welcome Crew- School Groups Admissions Aid, The Maryland Zoo
(Baltimore, Md)

*** Weekly Fun Report

Now, on with this week's opportunities…

*** One Paragraph Pitch:

Volunteer for the National MS Society, National Capital Chapter!

Do you enjoy…

- Spending time with your friends?

- Talking on the phone?

- Eating pizza?

The National MS Society has the perfect job for you!

Help us raise money to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis
by registering past participants over the phone for the 2007 MS Bike
Ride on May 19 and 20, 2007. Phone calls will be made from 6 to 8 p.m.
on Tuesday, March 27 at the National MS Society office: 1800 M St. NW,
Suite 750 South, Washington, D.C. 20036.

If you'd like to join us, please contact Lisa Hawkins, Volunteer
Coordinator, 202-296-5363 or LHawkins@MSandYOU.org.

***Up next, today's listings.
1.) Various positions, Jubilee USA Network (Chicago, Il)

Jubilee USA Network, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is in the process of
launching the film festival, “This is What Debt Looks Like,” a companion
event to our 2nd Annual Grassroots Conference at Loyola University,
Chicago, held on June 15-17, 2007.

The conference will bring together more than 150 grassroots supporters
from Illinois, the surrounding states and across the country to deepen
knowledge on the linked issues of international debt, HIV/AIDS, gender,
militarism, poverty, racism, environmental devastation and IMF/World
Bank policies. Our main goals are to use film as a medium to inform and
reach communities – namely, communities of color, youth, and those who
live in the low-income bracket – who may not normally be engaged in the
issue of international economic justice.

Chicago-based Film Festival organizer(s) will aid DC-based Jubilee USA
film festival coordinators in identifying communities, non-profit
organizations, local activists and individuals that would be interested
in collaborating w/ us on the film festival.

The organizer(s) will help to identify the best marketing and media
outlets that we can utilize to publicize the event to the communities
we're targeting.

The organizer(s) will also help us identify appropriate and viable
venues that have the convenient/attractive accessibility for our
targeted communities (and thus increase attendance) for the film
festival.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 80 religious
denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor,
and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing
debts to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

We are looking for films that help explain the devastation of debt and
demonstrably establish links between economic justice and the connecting
issues the conference explores.

We are not charging an entry fee or cost for the film festival and all
films will be used for educational purposes only.

All applicants must be based in the Chicago area.

Please send your resume, which should include your phone, e-mail to coord@jubileeusa.org. For additional information or questions, contact
monet cooper at 202.783.0214.

2.) Special Event Coordinators, Project Education Plus (Chicago, Il)

PEP has several events throught the year:

- Scholarship Banquet

- Chicago Hoop Fest

- Fall Classic

- Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors

- Holiday Basket Giveaway for Needy Families

Hours are flexible based on your availability. Some work can be done
virtually.

To sign-up, call 312-642-4191 or email us
(vince.carter@projecteducationplus.org) with your information, area of
interest and the best time to contact you. 

3.) Volunteer Coordinator, American Red Cross of Riverside County
(Riverside, CA)

Reports to Chapter Director of Volunteers.

Key Responsibilities:

* Assist in the recruitment , placement, and evaluation of volunteers
* Assist in the evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of the
volunteer program
* Help identify and provide the ongoing training and developmental needs
of the volunteers
* Promote favorable public relations
* Maintain accurate and current volunteer records
* Assist in the recognition of volunteers
* Attend bi-monthly Volunteer Coordinator meetings
* Keep the Director of Volunteers informed

Work in conjunction with other Services Centers in the Chapter to help
staff all volunteer events and jobs with qualified volunteers

Skills

* Willingness to support Red Cross Mission
* Effective leadership skills and abilities
* Good community relationships
* Ability to recruit and match volunteers to volunteer positions
* Good organizational skills
* Computer knowledge preferable

How to Apply:
For questions or application email AmeriCorps1@riversidecounty.redcross.org or apply online at http://www.riversidecounty.redcross.org

4.) Special Projects Coordinator, Cabrini Mission Corps (Golden, Co)

One-year opportunity to serve full-time at the Mother Cabrini Shrine, a
place of prayer, pilgrimage, retreat and devotion to Mother Cabrini and
the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the foothills of the Rockies. Work in the
Development Office helping plan and carry out special events, such as
the annual Gala, along with other fundraising and donor-appreciation
projects. Perform general office duties, such as answering phones,
handling correspondence, making database entries and doing other
computer work. Assist in the Shrine's gift shop with sales, stocking and
inventory. Help provide hospitality for visitors and guests on retreat.
Spanish helpful but not necessary. Requirements: High school diploma or
equivalent. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
organizational ability and computer literacy.

Benefits:
Healthcare coverage, small living allowance, room and board,
transportation to and from ministry site, community living, and
assistance with student loan deferment. Spiritual growth and support
includes a 2-week orientation plus
on-site comprehensive orientation and work-related training, two yearly
retreats and a concluding debriefing retreat.

How to Apply:
Print preliminary application form or submit it online at http://www.cabrini-missioncorps.org.

Contact Cabrini Mission Corps at cmcorps@aol.com or 610-971-0821.

5.) Various, Texas Campaign for the Environment (Dallas, Tx)

Various volunteer oportunities available in our Dallas, TX office.
Opportunities include, but are not limited to: web site design, media
outreach, campaign research, data entry, tabling at concerts/community
events, flyering, recruitment, graphic design, writing, community
outreach, protests! We will work with you!

Direct inquiries to Jeffrey Jacoby, TCE Staff Director at 214.599.7840
or via e-mail: jeff@texasenvironment.org.

6.) E-Mentor, I Could Be (Virtual)

icouldbe.org is an on-line career development and educational planning
and mentoring platform that evolved out of a practical desire to connect
adult mentors with this country's most at-risk middle and high school
students. Most of our students live in low-income communities,
overwhelmed by generational poverty and lacking any life coaches to help
direct them toward their dreams. Today, seven years since our first
mentoring relationship was built, over six thousand students – from
inner-city high schools to Native American reservations to residential
treatment centers for teens to orphanages in Tanzania are graduates of
our award-winning online program.

Why join?
Take a moment to imagine being the first in your family with the
aspiration to attend college or to pursue an advanced career. What if
you didn't know anyone who could help you to make the important
decisions that would help you to achieve your dreams? With no support,
where would you start? How many of the dreams of potential artists,
doctors, business people or scientists have never been realized simply
because there wasn't a caring professional adult available to help, to
talk, to plan and to listen? icouldbe.org is a solution that works and
as a mentor, you are a bridge to that solution.

How does E-Mentoring Work?
The most powerful aspect of e-mentoring is that through an online system
icouldbe.org can provide a very easy to use, flexible, and meaningful
way for professionals to work with young people from underserved
communities.

Professionals from hundreds of career backgrounds volunteer as mentors
for students (mentees), who are registered on a safe online community,
allowing them to engage in one-on-one mentoring relationships based on
their shared interests. As a part of this process icouldbe.org provides
each mentor/mentee relationship with the staff, training and tools to
help students explore their possible futures.

Linking teens electronically, mentors communicate within a secure,
online platform. All you need to do is Login. There are essentially
three levels of communication between the mentor and the mentee.

1. Year long Career & Educational Exploration Curriculum – 2 to 3
mentors work with each student to move through the curriculum for
maximum impact. Students determine a trajectory of learning that leads
them through a variety of modules in Career Exploration, College
Exploration, Financial Literacy, or, if in Middle School, the High
School & beyond Preparatory.
2. Internal Email Exchanges – students can search for mentors in
specific fields they may be interested in exploring and ask questions
about the field, the required education needed, day to day
responsibilities, etc.
3. Advice Board – students and mentors can converse about school issues,
colleges, majors, financial aid issues and a host of other related
topics on the advice board. Themed Advice Boards are also available for
specific fields such as Science, the Creative Arts, Technology and more.

How to Apply:
If you are interested:
1. Please visit www.icouldbe.org
2. Click on 'icouldbe. a mentor'
3. Click on 'Click here to become a mentor!'
4. Read the 'Be a Mentor' note.
5. Click on 'Please click here to get started'
6. Read the New Mentor FAQ
7. Click on 'Fantastic! Click here to register'

 
7.) Family Support Committee Member, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
(Honolulu, Hi)

Do you want to become active in eliminating poverty housing on Oahu?
Here's your chance!

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteer members for their
Family Support Committee. The Family Support Committee brainstorms and
implements progressive action in order to empower partner family
homeowners through a mutual support system, education/training courses,
community resource referral, neighborhood development, relationship
building, and general support.

Qualifications include:
* Willingness to serve as advocate for Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, a
grassroots organization dedicated to utilizing local resources in order
to eliminate poverty housing on Oahu
* Good people skills
* Innovative/creative mindset
* Motivated to empower families as social advocate
*Team player, yet individually driven
* Experience and/or interest in community collaboration
* Knowledge of local housing issues and/or community support resources
desired, but not necessary
* Ability to attend and participate in monthly meetings, as well as
occasional support activities as needed

For more information visit http://www.honoluluhabitat.org.

How to Apply:
If interested, please contact Family Services Program Coordinator, Jeff
Gilbreath at 808-538-7878 or via email at jeff@honoluluhabitat.org.

8.) Zoo Welcome Crew- School Groups Admissions Aid, The Maryland Zoo
(Baltimore, Md)

Be a volunteer that really COUNTS! School Groups Admissions Aids are
needed to welcome school and community groups to the Zoo, offer them
assistance in finding their way to zoo programs, establish an accurate
count of guests, and to answer general questions and concerns. Our
admissions aids are often the first Zoo people the groups encounter, and
these first impressions are often the most important for ensuring a fun,
satisfying visit. During the busy months, 40-60 buses of school and
community groups visit the zoo requiring special attention upon entering
the zoo's gate.

Volunteers must have good communication skills, be able to work with a
wide variety of individuals, be able to walk large areas of the Zoo and
have a friendly, outgoing and patient personality. Volunteers are needed
weekdays 9:30-11:30am during the months of March – June and September –
November. MD Zoo Volunteer Orientation (4hours) and On-the-job training
are provided.

If you are interested and available to assist the MD Zoo as a School
Groups Admissions Aid please email contact the Volunteer Department at volunteers@marylandzoo.org or 443-552-5266.

*** Weekly Fun Report:

Volunteers Needed @ Hoop Magic
In collaboration with Hoop Magic Sports Academy and George Mason
University, Black Women United for Action (BWUFA) is working to recruit
volunteers to improve the success of students needing extra learning
help. For over 10 years, BWUFA has adopted a federally subsidized
housing development called Chantilly Mews, located in Chantilly,
Virginia. Some of the services we provide include mentoring, tutoring,
helping students obtain higher education, and offering educational and
cultural enrichment activities and workshops to help bring families
towards self-sufficiency.

Our partnership with Hoop Magic and GMU involves coordinating a program
to improve the academic success of kids grades K-6. These children meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-6pm, at Hoop Magic in Chantilly, VA. Those in
grades K-2 work on homework and other lesson plans. Students grades 3-6
spend time creating an educational video game and participating in
basketball activities.

In order to help the students in Chantilly Mews, grades K-6, improve
academically, BWUFA is seeking people to volunteer at Hoop Magic for at
least 2 hours a day, 1 day a week. Duties include:

** Assist students with homework, grades K-6
** Assist students during technology sessions
** Supervise students during the program

Requirements:
We are looking for fun-loving, energetic people who like to work with
children!
Must meet your commitment by being at the facility on the scheduled day
and time. Be prompt and consistent. Must have own transportation.

If you are interested, please call 703-922-5757 or email tburrous@bwufa.org.
   
   
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