Thursday, November 19, 2009

Get Involved! The Holiday Market, Saturday, November 28th

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities Present:

Do you enjoy the festive community atmosphere of the Farmers' Market? Searching for the perfect holiday gift? Love those TubaSantas? The Holiday Market features some of your favorite, locally grown farm products, arts and crafts by area artisans and those unforgettable TubaSantas.

Duties: We’re looking for volunteer elves to decorate, serve refreshments and assist with teardown.

Program Time: Shift #1, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m./Shift #2, Noon–3:30 p.m.

Training: Volunteers will be trained at the beginning of their shift.

Location: Showers Plaza, 401 N. Morton St.

Age of Volunteers: 16 yrs. and up

Number of Volunteers: 4-5 per shift

Other: Come dressed according to the weather. Bring your hat and gloves!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Kim Ecenbarger at

For a complete listing of City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities, please visit

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nov 5th Weekly Volunteer Update!!

Weekly Volunteer
Opportunities Update

The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
is your source for information about
volunteering locally. For a complete listing,
or call 349-3433

Volunteer Receptionist
The Center For Women's Ministries in Monroe County, a Christian organization serving women in need, would like assistance with phones, greeting clients, and copying/collating. A free, four hour training is required. After being added to the rotation as a receptionist, you will be expected to volunteer as scheduled. Good communication skills and the ability to keep information confidential are critical. Minimum age is 18.

AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
If you are familiar with tax forms and enjoy helping people, the American Association Of Retired Persons Tax Aide program is a great opportunity to get involved. Volunteers are trained to act as tax counselors who assist with tax forms for low and middle income taxpayers, and answer questions to the extent of his/her training. Training will be held Jan. 11-15 and tax preparation begins on Feb. 1 at Twin Lakes Recreation Center. Learn how to take full advantage of all deductions and credits available to taxpayers. It is helpful to have basic computer knowledge. Minimum age is 18.

Global Gifts Holiday Volunteer Training - Nov. 15
This non-profit retail store on the Bloomington square is dedicated to promoting fair trade, gender equity, environmental sustainability, and alternative consumer choices. They are hosting a special holiday volunteer training on Nov. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. (Students who will be out of town for the holidays should attend the training in Jan.) Holiday volunteers can volunteer year-around or assist only during the holidays. Volunteers should be available between 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon. - Sat. Minimum age is 18.

Holiday Event Volunteers - Dec. 5

The Family Readiness Group of the Indiana Army National Guardsponsors a holiday event annually. This year it is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 1-4 p.m. They are seeking volunteers to assist with decorations, food service, and a cheery atmosphere for their service and family members. They ask that all volunteers be either 16 years old and above or supervised by their respective organization. For instance, members of a youth group should be supervised by their youth group coordinator. Long term volunteers are advised to obtain training through the State Family Program training courses offered at various times and locations throughout the year.

Arts Volunteer Coordinator

The Bloomington Area Arts Council & John Waldron Arts Center is seeking a part time Volunteer Coordinator for the recruitment, screening, training, and supervision of volunteers. Duties: create a volunteer recruitment plan and position descriptions; recruit volunteers; conduct interviews, orientations and training; monitor performance; prepare procedural and training manuals; maintain database; coordinate appreciation events. Qualifications: volunteer management and nonprofit organization experience; excellent organizational, verbal, written and interpersonal skills; word processing, desktop publishing, database management and email. Bonus qualifications: desire to work in organization committed to the arts; experience in fundraising, marketing or public relations; experience conducting trainings.