HLAA-SARASOTA/MANATEE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Calling all Volunteers!

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

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.

 

giving challenge photo

Our Chapter President JoAnne DeVries attended the Giving Partner training session on July 9. She advises that your 501(c) 3 contribution up to $250 will be matched if donated between September 1 Noon and September 2 Noon!

Each year, the Giving Challenge presents our region with a 24-hour opportunity to display its sincere generosity on behalf of the hundreds of charitable organizations working to better our community—including the Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota/Manatee Chapter.

The Giving Challenge which is overseen by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County continues to provide a way to support our and other organizations’ efforts. In the three years since the event was first held, our region has collectively contributed to more than $8 million for the over 430 local non profits with profiles on The Giving Profile.

Our Chapter’s profile can be found at: https://thegivingpartner.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1140282

Last year’s event affirmed the Sarasota community’s selflessness and desire to do good. The 2014 Giving Challenge raised $3.1 million from more than 19,000 online donations – the highest donation total for any community in the nation.

As we enter the fourth year of the Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation continues its contributions to this worthy event. This year, the Patterson Foundation’s support is focused on incentivizing donations from new online donors – those individuals who did not donate to the Chapter during the 2014 Giving Challenge.

The Patterson Foundation will provide support by a 1:1 match for each new online donor’s contributions – up to $250 per donor, per organization. [“Listen Up” idea–If you gave last year, perhaps your spouse could give this year as a “new” donor]

Visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org between noon Sept. 1 and noon Sept. 2 to donate.

Stay tuned for e-mails and Facebook posts for ways in which YOU can get involved in this exciting event! More info to follow soon!

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!

 

 

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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