Are you interested in volunteering for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy? The Center has a small staff, and our work is largely done through volunteer chapters around the state, volunteer board members and others who want to help by volunteering. Duties include help needed before and during our Day for All People on Jan. 23, during the upcoming General Assembly session (Jan. 10 to March 10), and general help around the office in the Shockoe Bottom of Richmond. Volunteer tasks include a range of skills and abilities tied together by a desire to bring people of all faiths together to do social justice advocacy.
JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM
Each day during the legislative session (which starts today and continues through March 10) VICPP will create action alerts for our priority issues. In order to be effective, these alerts must be shared widely and quickly. We are asking VICPP social media volunteers to commit to five minutes a day to share an action alert via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It’s one way to join our advocacy without being physically present at the General Assembly. If you want to be part of this team it is important to register so that you will receive the daily emails with the alert and instructions! Use the hashtags #Witness2018 and #vainterfaith. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/actionteam2018 ; and if you know someone who might be interested, please share the link.
BE A ‘WITNESS AT THE CAPITOL’
You can sign up for the Center’s “Witness at the Capitol” program online. This program was started last year and will be expanded during the 2018 General Assembly session, from mid-January to mid-March. The Witness at the Capitol team is comprised of volunteers who serve as faithful citizen advocates on the VICPP priority issues during the legislative session. We would like volunteers to commit for at least a week during the session. There will be one short training call before the session for new volunteers. At the beginning of the session, the work “week” is usually Monday through Thursday, but sometimes there are events on Friday as well. Volunteers should be people of faith and comfortable talking about the faith dimensions of the issues. Witnesses will:
Attend and report on committee and subcommittee meetings.
Meet with legislators and their staff.
Communicate the legislators’ position to VICPP members.
Draft background pieces and alerts for engaging the membership in the issues.
Testify on behalf of issues VICPP is supporting.
Facebook and tweet about the issues.
Retired clergy, deacons, student campus ministry leaders and laypersons are sought. If you are interested but have questions, contact Kim Bobo at Kim@virginiainterfaithcenter.org.