The 5pm Post – Volunteer Opportunities

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“Dear PoP,

I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the DC EITC Campaign, which provides free tax preparation in DC to help low-income residents and families move up the financial ladder. We have 6 sites around the city, from Anacostia to Columbia Heights.

We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help prepare taxes and talk about free financial services (like credit counseling and money management classes) for the upcoming tax season, as well as anyone who could interpret for Spanish, Chinese and Amharic-speaking clients. Your blog’s readers are exactly the people who would make great volunteers: people who care about the community they live in and are interested in making changes for the better.

Volunteers will receive free training and certification on Saturdays and/or weekday evenings in January: 12 total hours for Tax Preparers, and 4 hours for Savings Promoters.

Volunteers then commit to one 3-4 hour session per week (primarily evenings and/or weekends) from late January through mid-April (10 weeks) at one of 11 tax sites throughout the Greater Washington, DC area (6 sites in DC proper).

For more information, visit the Campaign’s website here.”

Photo of Pony Express festival volunteers courtesy of Postal Museum

“Dear PoP,

I’m recruiting volunteers to help out at workshops, family festivals, lectures, and other programs, and have noticed a lot of applications from Maryland and Virginia, but not many coming from DC. In the hopes of representing the neighborhoods that actually surround the museum, I was wondering if you’d let your readers know about the volunteer opportunity in some capacity?

Volunteers should have friendly smiles, strong communication skills, and a passion for learning and teaching. Saturday availability is required. A one-year commitment is required.

New volunteers will attend Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, January 15th and Saturday, January 22nd, apply for an ID badge and undergo a background check. From the airmail festival in February to the Holiday Card Workshop in December, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved!

If interested, e-mail Erin at [email protected] and include the following information:

1. Your name and contact information
2. Two references and their contact information
3. Availability (note: Saturday availability required)
4. Two reasons why this opportunity interests you
5. An example of why you think you will be a great Postal Museum volunteer at festivals, workshops, and other educational programs”

5 Comment

  • The first one sounds very useful to people in the community, but I’m not sure why I need to convince the Postal Museum people of how awesome I am. Do that many people with no interest in it bother to go through the process that they need to weed out fakers? Why make working for free to help out on one’s own free time so hard? Gosh, why do people from the surrounding areas not help out there? Because a lot of them probably can’t commit to a year and Saturdays when they work varying hours/have to take care of kids?

  • I have volunteered with the EITC campaign for the past three years and it is really a great experience. You get great training and there is always someone to help you as you go through the process of preparing returns. It really is amazing the difference you can make for so many low-income families in DC through this volunteer program.

  • Thanks so much for checking out the Postal Museum volunteer opportunities and to PoP for publishing them.

    The museum does have volunteer positions for folks who are not available on Saturdays (weekday school program guides, for example) and we’ll be recruiting for those positions throughout 2011 once we complete this round of recruitment and training. Volunteers only dedicate about ten Saturdays a year to the museum, though some people do choose to volunteer more frequently.

    We ask volunteers to tell us a bit about themselves in their e-mail because we want to get to know them and match their skills and interests with the best position at the museum. (We also interview each volunteer, but the initial e-mail is a good place to start getting to know them.)

    Thanks again for posting this, PoP!

  • haha two references required to volunteer your time. i never realized how ultra-competitive working for free is.

  • The Postal Museum is an amazing museum that has really wonderful family activities! I imagine that they are really loyal to their volunteers and want to connect with them and have them connect with the Museum. It’s not a show up, put in your time, and leave sort of gig – it’s a commitment to teaching children, so they would want to know a bit more about you than the average place. Again, it’s a really great museum with lots of educational resources for schools and families. Check it out!

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