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questions about volunteering as a ZMP worker

Looking for practical tips on how and where to volunteer as a ZMP, unskilled worker with horrific social skills/personality. [more inside]
posted by beigeness on Jun 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for NYC-based activities for recently retired grandmother

My grandmother is 89, and only retired in the last year. Since she's retired, she hasn't been doing much, and I'm worried about how she'll do over the next few years if she doesn't stay busy. I'd like to make a list of things she could be doing in NYC, where she lives, to stay active. She has some very specific needs and interests, though, and can be a bit ornery, so I'm hoping you can help me work within her limitations. [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Panleukopenia outbreak in our house. What now?

My fiancé and I foster homeless kittens and cats in our house as volunteers for a local cat shelter. Panleukopenia just hit us hard, killing all of our fosters, making us really depressed, and now we don't know what to do. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Options for an EMT-B to volunteer/work abroad (Africa, Asia, caribean?)

I would like to find websites, or lists of opportunities to work or volunteer in an impoverished area as an EMT-B (EMT Basic). Details, tips, advice, all are welcome. Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

I want to make the world a better place for turtles!

Since I love turtles, I thought I'd volunteer in a programme that protects them. I have found several, but have a hard time choosing, so if anyone here has done this before, I'd be thrilled to hear your accounts! [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on May 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Is the Peace Corps considering domestic (US) assignments?

I've heard a couple of times now that the Peace Corps may start developing programs/sending volunteers to hard-hit places in the US, that are the functional equivalent of third-world countries. There's (unsurprisingly) nothing of the sort on their website, but I think it's a great idea, if it could be done in a way that did not offend the pride of the state in question. Does anyone have information as to whether this is an actual proposal?
posted by mmiddle on Mar 27, 2014 - 11 answers

FlakyFilter: How To Get No-Show Volunteers To Show Up?

I recently started organizing volunteer orientations for a local charity. These orientations take place at long-time volunteers' homes over dinner and require quite a bit of prep work by the hosts. They are optional orientations - i.e., for newcomers who have expressed interest in a more active role with the nonprofit. So far, about 30% of the new people who RSVP 'yes' are complete no-shows. How can I reduce this amount, AND how can I not feel pissed off at people who cancel with no or little notice? Snowflakery inside... [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 17, 2014 - 20 answers

What do you (temporarily) do with an MA in History?

I'm currently enrolled in a History Ph.D. program and will be eligible to leave with an MA in a couple of months. I've applied to finish my doctorate elsewhere, but, given some recent developments in my department, have decided that I would really rather leave after my MA regardless of whether I get in elsewhere this cycle. Help me brainstorm options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I be of best use to the world?

I'm looking to change careers and my goal is to be doing "that what is most effective towards helping the world". I asked in a previous question "What is the cause with the most leverage" and since then effective altruism seemed to be the best solution for making a difference on the biggest scale. But if I wanted to help that cause it seems like there's no better way to do it than to make a ton of money. Other than earn a ton of money, I suppose I could try to work for an organization like LifeYouCanSave. But would I be necessarily of greatest help doing that i.e suppose they have all the help they need other than people to donate. I'm not looking for importance or anything. If somehow standing on a corner counting how many red cars go by is the best thing I can be doing for the world, then so be it. I just want to know that I'm being useful.
posted by defmute on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Looking for volunteer opportunities in LA.

Please help an enthusiastic young woman find appropriate volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles. More inside. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Jan 30, 2014 - 7 answers

High schooler wants to do some good this summer; we're overwhelmed.

Kinetic 3 (15) is incredibly fired up about getting out in the real world and doing some good over his summer vacation. Ideally he'd like to do some hands-on type of volunteering project like Habitats for Humanity, but because he's 15 he's not eligible for lots of cool-looking programs. The guidance department at his school doesn't have many suggestions and so I turn to AskMe. Does anyone know of any multiple-week, hands-on community service projects that accept 15 year olds? He's saving his ice cream scooper money to help pay for airfare from Boston and because he's an intrepid traveler he would love to go somewhere and feel like he's making a difference. As his mom, I'd feel a lot more comfortable sending him to a program that's highly recommended and well-regarded.
posted by kinetic on Jan 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Where can I go searching for a volunteer non-executive board member?

My small business needs an independent 3rd party to keep a weather eye on us and ensure we stop slacking. Where should I go looking to find someone experienced who could give us 2 hours of their time every month for next-to-do nothing? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jan 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Find the missing wedding registry?

A couple of months ago I found a nontraditional/alternative wedding registry website which was perfect for me, and which I'd like to use. Apparently I failed to bookmark it, and now I can't find it again. Googling is not working for me and I'd love your help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for a volunteer food prep opportunity in NYC

I'd like to put in a few dozen to a hundred hours over the next year practicing cooking large amounts of food---far too large for me to buy and eat myself. Is there a place in New York where I could volunteer a few hours each weekend doing scutwork in somebody's kitchen? More specific criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find volunteer work for theater gigs in Philly.

For reasons related to an interest in playwriting, I want to volunteer for Philly theater companies. I'll do anything as long as it is related to the theater and in the company of other theater folks. THE BIG CHALLENGE: I'm a wheelchair user. What is the best way to approach this looking-for-volunteer work situation?
posted by angrycat on Nov 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to find short term ESL work in South America?

I am looking for short-term ESL volunteer or job opportunities in (Spanish-speaking) South America. Ideally 2-6 weeks, though longer is ok too. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Nov 5, 2013 - 2 answers

volunteering in the east bay (sf bay area)

I'm looking for a possibly regular volunteer opportunity in the east bay (oakland or berkeley) working with seniors, homeless, or needy. Tell me about the volunteer org you know of that does great work and is a great place! Some random criteria: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Strategies and Methods for Coping With a Sucky Volunteer Position

How can I better cope with being treated as an undervalued employee when I am only a volunteer? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 8, 2013 - 20 answers

Music Education Filter: "The History of Recorded Music" for Grades 3-8?

I'm brainstorming a volunteer presentation to give in schools on "The History of Recorded Audio". Probably 2 or 3 45-minute sessions. Has anyone written or presented something similar? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Help us have a great info booth!

I'm looking for tips, tricks, and any advice on how to make our festival info booth useful and interesting- to both patrons and volunteers. [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Group volunteer opportunities in Boston

I have a group of 70 people interested in spending a morning or afternoon doing hands-on volunteer work ... in Boston in early December. We can break them into smaller groups, but everyone would be spending the same chunk of time doing this. What are some good volunteer activities for groups?
posted by spindrifter on Jun 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for one-off volunteering suggestions and resources.

I'm going to have two weeks' holiday time in September and I'd like to spend some of it volunteering on some kind of useful project. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on May 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Spanish in a foreign land

Where in Central or South America should I go to study Spanish? [more inside]
posted by metaname on May 7, 2013 - 11 answers

What will happen to the volunteers?

An non-profit organization with staff and volunteers has been non-union for its existence. Because of proposed changes by its board of directors, staff have applied to unionize. Some staff perform the same tasks as volunteers, but volunteers perform the overwhelming majority of the core work of the organization. The ratio of volunteers to staff is about 35 to 1. First, can a non profit unionize? And second, if it becomes a union shop, what will be the status of the volunteers?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Low-cost, low-maintenance web infrastructure for volunteer group?

I have been tasked with finding a web solution for a volunteer group associated with a university. There are already pages on one of the departments' websites, however, it will be months before any changes can be made to that as it's under the rule of a CMS which is about to be migrated and to which we won't be able to really do anything until November. We want all the usual stuff like a blog and a Twitter widget and latest news and yadda yadda, but anything we add - and possibly anything we remove - would have to wait till November if we use the existing hosting arrangement. This is why I want to stick up another web infrastructure for us somewhere else, probably not hosted by the university. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Apr 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Lego club activities for the 7-10 set?

I expressed interest in leading a Lego club for younger kids, which will take place at a local library. While I have a Lego fan at home, I have never led formal building exercises, and I'd be happy to hear your ideas for manageable, fun group activities. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Mar 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Volunteer Teaching in NYC

I am looking to do volunteer work in New York and was hoping to do something that would engage me like teaching. This could include tutoring, GED classes, SAT classes, job hunting, etc. I have a BFA and an MBA so I think I could be fairly versatile. I am hoping for specific suggestions I could pursue. Thanks!
posted by azoth on Feb 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me put these things I did into resume language

Pimp My Resume: Mommy Edition. How can/should I describe these volunteer things I've done at my kid's schools on my resume? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I approach non-profits about substantive volunteer work?

I'm between jobs and looking to spend some of my time volunteering with a non-profit to do substantive work that involves my professional skills. How do I best approach them to propose this? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

PR resume building

I am a recent PR/communications graduate. I was wondering if there was a place to find freelance/volunteer opportunities in order to build my resume and experience?
posted by dfc5656 on Jan 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me plan up to a few months of fun/service/bonding

one to three months of bonding/service in a warmer region of US [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Are there any Sandy-related volunteer efforts happening in the NYC area on Thanksgiving?

Are there any Sandy-related volunteer efforts happening in the NYC area on Thanksgiving? I'm looking to do some volunteer work for a few hours, and it would be great to know which groups/organizations are accepting volunteers on short notice.
posted by helios410 on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for Great Software for Volunteer Management

Can you all recommend a great volunteer management software for a non-profit? I'm an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator and we have over 200 volunteers that I have to track, including their hours, activities, etc. If it's a free software, that would be even better. What software have you guys had a great experience with? Thanks!
posted by Kombucha3452 on Nov 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Outdoor volunteering with kids in NYC?

I want to volunteer with an organization that introduces young people to outdoor experiences that they wouldn't otherwise have -- hiking, camping, rock climbing, etc. I've had a look at Outward Bound but it doesn't look like they take volunteers. What are some similar organizations I could check out? I'm in the New York City area.
posted by rsk on Nov 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Continuing forward from a disappointing, chaotic college experience

These were four miserable years, and they were supposed to be the best? I guess the best years still lie ahead of me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 26, 2012 - 51 answers

How can I learn Spanish by immersion inexpensively?

Year off between undergrad and dental school. Optimally, I would like to go to South or Central America for the purpose of learning Spanish. Best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by mellosphere on Oct 11, 2012 - 13 answers

How to Run a Booth at a Fair

Have you ever manned a booth at a carnival, fair, or expo? I'm running a booth and selling items at a weekend fair that will benefit a volunteer organization. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 5, 2012 - 23 answers

What's it like?

I have an interview this week for an assistant volunteer coordinator position at a local organization. I've done some volunteer management before but haven't had a position like this. If YOU have, or do, what's it like? Any advice for an interview?
posted by trillian on Sep 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Where can a bunch of people volunteer in the Seattle area?

I need a place where 50-75 people can spend a weekday (not weekend) volunteering in the Seattle area in late October. The only unacceptable answer is "go clean up this trail / move these heavy rocks / pull these blackberry bushes." [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Just Say Yes or No!

What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 14, 2012 - 37 answers

Where Do You Put Out A Casting Call For A Personal Project?

I am shooting a music video next month. It's a personal portfolio project and while my social group has stepped in beautifully, I still need people with certain traits/looks. Is there a place online I can post a listing to while also being upfront that it is an unpaid/volunteer gig? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to teach tech in SF?

I would like to be a teacher. Snowflake: of technology, to adults, in San Francisco, during evenings. [more inside]
posted by nominal on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Volunteer criminal background check deal breakers

Volunteering with youth - criminal background check deal breakers? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jul 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?

Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter [more inside]
posted by citands on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me come up with some unorthodox ideas to help my blocked 22 year old son

Can any of you suggest some situations in the world, in another country ideally, that need the help of a strong, courageous, smart, big-hearted young man and where there is at least one adult in charge of things who might command the respect of my son? These would have to be situations that do not expect payment from people coming to help. He would see that as a total scam. Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2012 - 74 answers

Looking for non-religious volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area

What kinds of volunteer work could I do that might give opportunities to get to know others, particularly in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Are we wrongly telling our participants that they don't get taxed?

I'm trying to find information about taxes and volunteer paid experimental (non-clinical) studies. I work in a lab, and one of our participants told us a week ago that if a study pays (the volunteer) over a certain amount, it gets taxed. Can anyone tell me if this is true and give me an official link? We're in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I can provide any other relevant information you need. Thanks!
posted by two lights above the sea on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Sign up to bring cookies on Wordpress?

I'd like to create a sign-up form on my Wordpress site where when someone signs up for a task then that task disappears from the list of options. Possible? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on May 23, 2012 - 1 answer

Volunteering in Tanzania?

Volunteering in Tanzania? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on May 18, 2012 - 6 answers

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