Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Volunteer Jobs Available

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy has a small staff. The work of the Center is largely done through volunteer chapters around the state, volunteer board members and others who want to help by volunteering.  Here are some of the tasks that VICPP could use help with:

For the December 7 Annual Event and Celebration:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Call potential sponsors and silent auction donors. Comfortable talking on the phone to strangers. Anytime in October or first part of November.  Two hours during the workweek would be good.
Draft program scripts Good writing skills First week or two in November.  Probably need at least 8-10 hours to get into the work.
Layout program book Material design skills using computers Third week in November – 10 to 20 hours, depending on experience.
Figure out table decorations – make our tables look nice without spending much Design skills  
Make short videos of our awardees Video skills October and November – 20 to 60 hours, depending on number of interviews and travel
Collate materials and get nametags ready Ability to use hands! As much time as you could give on Dec 4, 5 or 6
Set up the room Ability to carry and move things. Dec 7 from 1 to 4 pm
Set up and manage the silent auction Ability to organize and oversee a project Dec 7 from 4 to 8 pm
Manage the audio visual equipment Experience with AV Dec 7 from 5 – 9 pm
Staff the registration desk Friendly and comfortable answering questions Dec 7 from 4:30 to 7 pm
Clean up after the event Ability to carry and move things. Dec 7 from 8 – 9:30 pm

 

For the January 23, 2018 Day for All People Advocacy Day:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Call congregations and colleges about sending people. Comfortable talking on the phone to strangers. Anytime from Dec 8 through Dec 22 or Jan 3 – 12. Two hours during the workweek would be good.
Schedule appointments for people to meet with legislators Good phone and writing skills Ideally, one or two people would be responsible for this task.  Work can begin after Dec 8 and continue into January. Probably a total of 10-20 hours.
Draft Issue Briefs for lobby visits Good writing and basic design skills. Must be done in Word. This will probably take 6 to 8 hours per briefing sheet, and there will be at least four.  Work needs to occur between Jan 2 and Jan 12.
Collate materials and get nametags ready Ability to use hands! As much time as you could give on Jan 18, 19, 20, 22
Set up the room Ability to carry and move things. Jan 23 from 7 – 8 am
Help people connect with their Senate groups Ability to organize and oversee a project Get prepared – spend a few hours at the office the week before the event.  Then, manage getting people to their tables on Jan 23 from 8 – 9 am
Manage the audio visual equipment Experience with AV Jan 23 from 8 to 3 pm
Staff the registration desk Friendly and comfortable answering questions Jan 23 from 7:30 to 11 am
Clean up after the event Ability to carry and move things. Jan 23 from 2 to 4 pm

Helping out at the Richmond office on a regular basis:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Enter names and information into the database. Keyboard skills and attentive to details. We’d love someone who could come a few hours every week – anytime during the regular work hours.
Update information on the website. Comfortable using (or learning) wordpress. We could use someone who could give us a few hours a week and work closely with our communications director.
Invite congregations to become Faith Advocacy Partners Comfortable talking with congregational leaders about the program (training will be provided). We would like someone who could work with us a half a day or a day a week on outreach.
Write a monthly judicatory article Good writing skills VICPP’s would like someone to help send out regular updates/articles for use in judicatory publications.  Probably 4 hours a month.

 During the next General Assembly session – Jan. 10 to March 10, 2018:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Be a Witness at the Capitol volunteer Ability to talk with legislators about issues (we’ll provide the background) We need people who can donate a full week (Mon thru Fri) during the legislative session.
Prepare materials for Witness at the Capitol volunteers Ability to use computer, print documents and collate. Because the General Assembly committee agendas are often not available till the day before, the schedule and background materials for Witness at the Capitol volunteers have to be prepared the day before – late in the day.   We could use volunteers who would agree to do this for a week period during the General Assembly, working from 3 to 5 pm Monday thru Friday.
Promote issues on social media Strong social media skills. Agree to help promote VICPP’s tweets, facebook posts and other social media every day during the General Assembly.
Track bills for Weekly Roundup. Good computer and writing skills Work with the communications director to compile information about bills of interest for the weekly roundup.  Need to do this on Tuesdays.

In your congregation – ongoing:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Serve as a liaison for Faith Advocacy Partners Relationships with people in your congregation Faith Advocacy Partners is VICPP’s congregational program.  VICPP seeks people who will encourage their congregations to join and then engage people throughout the year in advocacy.
Organize a letter-writing opportunity Basic organizing skills. Organize a letter-writing session in early January to encourage your legislators on VICPP priorities.  VICPP can suggest issues to address and provide background information.
Lead a book study Group leadership skills VICPP can recommend good books for understanding current policy issues.  Schedule a four to six week book study.
Arrange a meeting with your legislators Basic organizing and communication skills VICPP would like every legislator to meet with constituents about VICPP priority issues.  VICPP can provide briefing materials and help coach you on arranging the meeting. Meetings can happen throughout the year, but are particularly helpful in the fall, prior to the General Assembly.
Encourage and supervise alternative community service Supervisory skills Follow the VICPP Toolkit on arranging for your congregation to offer alternative community service options.
Join or form a sanctuary network Organizing skills Central VA and Northern VA have sanctuary networks that your congregation can join.   If your community doesn’t have one, consider gathering a few congregations together to form one.  See VICPP toolkit on Welcoming Immigrants.

In your community – ongoing:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Join or start a chapter Joining a chapter requires only an interest in getting involved.  Starting a chapter requires some organizing skills. Chapters can be formed at anytime. Most chapters meet monthly, so it will take some time to get a chapter formed and leadership recruited and shared. VICPP can help with lists and outreach.
Organize an educational forum on one or several VICPP issues Organizing skills VICPP staff and board members are willing to help with educational forums throughout the year, although generally not from December through mid-March due to the demands around the General Assembly.
Organize a Living Wage Certification program Organizing and administrative skills Volunteers are organizing Living Wage Certification programs in Richmond, Alexandria and Charlottesville.  Review the Living Wage Certification Toolkit and then talk with VICPP staff about how to do this.
Represent VICPP in immigrant and interfaith coalitions Good relationship skills and significant connections to the faith community in your area VICPP is eager to connect with immigrant and interfaith coalitions throughout the state. If you have one in your community that is not connected with VICPP, perhaps you could help make the connections.
Reach out to congregations Good phone and communication skills Many congregations would be interested in the ministry of VICPP if they learned about the work.  Volunteers can call congregations and meet with their leadership and interested committees.
Share campaigns on social media Active on social media VICPP reaches many new people through its social media.  You could help with this outreach.
Meet with local law enforcement Ability to organize a meeting VICPP local leaders can meet with local law enforcement leaders to talk about how they work with the immigrant community and how they encourage community service.
Translate materials Ability to translate information accurately into another language (Spanish, Korean) VICPP wants to reach more immigrant families in VA and thus could use more materials translated into other languages.
Record videos Ability to record and upload videos VICPP needs more videos of workers who have been victims of wage theft, immigrants who want to stay in Virginia, people who need health insurance and people of faith encouraging public advocacy.

On your college/university/seminary campus:

Job/Tasks Skills Needed When & How much time
Recruit students to participate in the Day for All People Organizing skills Recruit students in December and January to participate in the January 23 Day for All People advocacy day in Richmond, VA.
Connect a faith-based social justice or interfaith organization with VICPP Willingness to make connections If you are involved with a social justice or interfaith organization on campus that is interested in social justice advocacy, connect the leadership with VICPP. If there is interest in affiliating, perhaps you might serve as the local contact person.
Organize an emailing or letter-writing opportunity Organizing skills. Set up a table or booth in January or early February to encourage students to contact their elected leaders about VICPP issues.  VICPP will provide background information.
Register students to vote Ability to talk with people and recruit volunteers Good times to register students are September (before the general elections in November) and in April & May (before the June primaries).  A good voter registration program involves multiple volunteers, so recruit your friends to help register other students.