Calling all Volunteers!

Did you know that our HLAA chapter is run completely by volunteers?

Venice Members – We Need You!

Immediate volunteer assistance is needed for the Venice Farmers Market HLAA booth on Saturday, February 4. Contact Ed Ogiba at ed@groupefo.com.

HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee hosts monthly meetings, organizes social events and participates in community outreach. In the past few years, the Chapter has grown to over 200 members and the Board is committed to continuing that growth. To accomplish this, your support is necessary. We always have a need for volunteers for the Chapter meetings, such as membership assistance, 50/50 raffle and social hour.

The Chapter is active in outreach at the Farmers Market, Health Fairs, public events and knowledgeable members are encouraged to assist us. There are so many ways you can make a difference, and we will gladly accept any time you can give.

Please contact Anne Taylor at membership@hlas.org if you can pay it forward with your time to help educate and advocate for the 145,000 community members with hearing loss.

We could use your help. There are many opportunities to help HLAA become more visible to the community and by doing so; enable others with hearing loss to find the resources that that are available.

As always, there is a continuing opportunity for your not-for-profit volunteer time. Please take a look at the list of volunteer interests   http://hlas.org/volunteer/  and see if there might be something you would like to do.

Most do not require a long commitment of time or energy and provide the added benefit of making you feel more a part of the local chapter. And don’t worry; you’ll have someone to provide guidance and support.

We hope you would be willing to share your time and talents. And it’s a great way to meet new people.

Volunteering can make a positive impact in the lives of others with your time, experience and passion.

Volunteers Needed!

To learn more about the various volunteer opportunities available, and to tell us a bit about your skills and interests, please download this form, fill it out and return it to Anne Taylor at membership@hlas.org if you can pay it forward with your time to help educate and advocate for the 145,000 community members with hearing loss.

HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee hosts monthly meetings, organizes social events and participates in community outreach.  In the past few years, the Chapter has grown to over 200 members and the Board is committed to continuing that growth. In order to accomplish this, your support is necessary.

Nuts and Bolts (these duties are key to the success of our group’s mission)

Volunteer Coordinator & Assistant– Key position to manage, coordinate and schedule volunteers – leadership skills required and you will have support from the Board.
Photographer –Obtain quality photos of our events for our website and promotional materials
Media Manager – Responsible for the timely notification of chapter meeting and event information to newspapers containing “Calendar of Events”. Individual must have strong written communication skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Listen Up! Proofreader –The individual will edit/proofread the chapter’s electronic newsletter once a month for accuracy. Must be experienced in editing/proofreading documents.

People Pleasers (perfect for someone who likes meeting new people)

Raffle Ticket Manager – Willing to sell 50/50 tickets during our daytime chapter meetings – once a month commitment, 2nd Wed at 1:30 pm.& evening meetings.
Farmers Market Volunteer –Help staff the chapter outreach table and impart information to general public about hearing loss. Volunteers are trained with the correct information to give out. Occurs the 4th Saturday of every month.                                                                                                                                                                                  Community Outreach Volunteer – Most of these events take place on weekday evenings at 5 pm or occasionally on Saturday mornings. Same duties as Farmers Market volunteer. Will represent the chapter in the community and be an ambassador for hearing loss.
Membership Committee – Works with the Membership Team to develop strategies for increasing membership, processing new applications, interaction with new members to make them feel welcome, etc.
Assistive Listening Device (ALD) Support –Willing to demonstrate basic ALD devices at outreach events such as the Farmers Market or Chamber events. Must be able to stay current with new technology as it relates to hearing loss.

Behind the Scenes (for self-directed folks who like to work at their own pace)

Telephone Team Leader – Able to take lists of people and make phone calls to promote events, check on absent members, call on lapsed memberships, etc.
Educational Programs Support – Assists the Program Chair (a Board member) to develop programs for the monthly daytime chapter meetings.                         Fundraising Committee – Assist board members with fundraising activities as needed. Experience in fundraising is a plus, but will train.
Web News Coordinator – Works with our Web Team to find interesting and relevant content about hearing loss on the Internet and in print media for posting on our website.
Grant Research – Adept at conducting research, either on the Internet or in the library, for granting organizations that may be willing to fund chapter activities. Must be able to organize & prioritize the data for our grant writers.
Grant Proposal Writing – Able to take grant research information and write a “Letter of Inquiry” to granting agencies. Strong written communication skills required.
Graphic Design of Flyers – Create interesting, quality flyers to promote chapter activities in print, email, and on the website.
Graphic Artist – Experienced in producing logos, graphic design elements, and template design for Constant Contact mailings.
Blogger – Experienced in writing timely and informative blog posts for the website on a regular basis – attention to detail and follow-through skills required.

Once in a While (not ready to commit, but can help on special projects or events)

Hearing Tech Expo Volunteer – Short-term commitment lasting 1-2 days where volunteers assist with activities prior to and during our annual Expo. The event is held the first Saturday of March.
The Giving Challenge Volunteer – Provides assistance with planning and activities associated with the Giving Challenge reception to be held Sept 1, 2015.

Are there any specific skills you possess which you feel contributes to your value as a volunteer to our chapter? Please list your skills, talents and life experience which makes you the special person that you are: ___________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

How many hours per week do you wish to volunteer? Are there times when you are away from Sarasota for extended periods of time? Please list your time requirements and restraints: _______________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

What specific computer skills do you have? _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Any additional comments? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for your interest in this important organization!




Certified Peer Mentor(s) Joan Haber, Anne Taylor
Membership Anne Taylor
Listen Up Newsletter Richard Williams
Educational Program Joan Haber
WebMaster Bob Leonard/JoAnne DeVries
Hearing Loop Advocacy Program JoAnne DeVries
Between The Covers Book Club JoAnne DeVries
Private Eyes Movie Program Anne Taylor
Curtain Time Theatre Program Betsy Roberts/Anne Taylor
Legislative Committee Richard Williams
Public Relations JoAnne DeVries
Evening Hearing Group Dr. Lyndsey Nalu, Bob Leonard
Farmer’s Market Outreach Dave Donnelly
HLAA-FL Coordination JoAnne DeVries, Flo Innes, Anne Taylor
Meeting Set Up HLAA-Sarasota Board
Assistive Listening Devices Flo Innes
Greeters HLAA-Sarasota Board
Outreach JoAnne DeVries, Dave Donnelly
Events / Fundraising Maria Anderson, JoAnne DeVries
HLAS Library Open – volunteers needed
Captions (C.A.R.T.) Sponsorships Jack & Dee Boenau, Americaption