Volunteer Opportunities: May 2015

KUVO Pledge Drive (Denver)

You can help support the radio station that provides your favorite jazz tunes by volunteering for KUVO's Spring Pledge Drive! The drive runs through May 8. We need volunteers for multiple jobs, including answering phones, picking up food from local eateries, and more. For more information on how you can help and for scheduling, contact Arvida Rascon at arvida@kuvo.org or 303.446.7631. Here is the current schedule:

Wed. 5/6
7 – 10:30a
10:30a – 1:30p
4:30 – 8p

Thurs. 5/7
7 – 10:30a
4:30 – 8p

Fri. 5/8
7 – 10:30a
10:30a – 2:30p
2:30 – 6:30p
6:30 – 10p


Volunteers for RMPBS Phone Bank/Pledge-June 1 (Denver)

Volunteers needed to answer phones for RMPBS pledge drive on June 1 from 5:00-9:15 pm at the Denver station (1089 Bannock Street, Denver). We train you and we feed you. It's a fun evening. If you would like to join the fun, contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.


Be a Rocky Mountain PBS Ambassador at the Five Points Jazz Festival! (Denver)

The Five Points Jazz Festival, now in its 12th year, brings people together for a day of food, fun and fantastic music. The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May each year and celebrates the history of Denver's Five Points neighborhood.

This year Rocky Mountain PBS will have a booth at this amazing event, right next to KUVO's booth! We're looking for a few passionate volunteers to work the booth and share information about our station with attendees. We will provide schedules, one sheets and other materials for you to share with anyone who is interested. It's a great opportunity to talk to others about why you love Rocky Mountain PBS, while also enjoying this legendary festival!

The Five Points Jazz Festival will take place on May 16 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We have three shifts for volunteers to work, and need three to four volunteers per shift.

  • Morning & Setup – 9am to 1pm
  • Midday shift – 1pm to 4pm
  • Evening & Breakdown shift – 4pm to 7:30pm

If you are interested in participating, contact Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org.


Display Your Imaginative Side (Denver)

Submitted by Laura Sampson and Betty Flaten 

The Station's Archived Memories (SAM Display Committee is looking for several imaginative and friendly volunteers. Volunteers that enjoy participating in Rocky Mountain PBS special events will find this to be the perfect volunteer activity with an opportunity to attend events while also showing off the station's history. Volunteers are asked to create colorful, interesting and appealing displays from the thousands of available historical photographs, documents and memorabilia items from the archives.

SAM provides all materials to display, and you would work with a seasoned volunteer until comfortable working alone. Training is provided for all volunteers at their convenience. The average time spent per event is approximately two hours ahead of the occasion selecting the perfect display items from the archives. An additional hour is needed to set up and take down each display on the day of the event. The really fun part begins when supervising the display and conversing with guests. Events are most often held at Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver) but are periodically held outside of the station. Individuals that are available during business hours or evenings can enjoy this volunteer position.

Does this volunteer activity sound like something you'd like to do? Please contact the SAM Office at Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver) 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org for additional information.


Production Preservation Needs Volunteers! (Denver)

Co-Chairs: Lloyd Anderson and Tom Muja

The Production Preservation Committee of Station's Archived Memories, co-chaired by Tom Muja and Lloyd Anderson, has openings for volunteers interested in helping to preserve local productions of Rocky Mountain PBS.

The job entails a once-a-week commitment during weekday business hours. Volunteers help with a variety of jobs including entering information into the production database or helping with the transfer of 1-inch tapes. Training is provided.

If interested in working on this committee, please contact the Station's Archived Memories (SAM) Office at Rocky Mountain PBS, 303-620-5734, or submit a request via email to: SAM@rmpbs.org. To learn more about Station's Archived Memories, visit the SAM page on the RMPBS website.


Join the Volunteer Troops Fighting for the Future of Rocky Mountain PBS! (Denver)

It may look like envelope stuffing, and it may feel like envelope stuffing, and in fact it IS envelope stuffing, but it's work that's vital to our future. We're writing to our loyal donors, asking them to consider including Rocky Mountain PBS in their wills or other estate plans. This builds a stream of gifts for generations to come. We are already seeing some results in pledges of commitment.

We have a cadre of loyal volunteers who've earned my undying gratitude, working faithfully through the late winter, and I want to thank them by swelling their ranks with YOUR help! We're very flexible about hours and days, but I confess we're still on weekday shifts only.

Can you help? We still have many, many (okay, thousands) of letters to send, and we'd like to get them out by the fall. Please contact Patricia Laverty at 303-620-5706 or patricialaverty@rmpbs.org if you're interested. Thank you!


In Search of Station's Archived Memories Research Chair (Denver)

Do you love learning about the past? You can contribute to preserving the important Rocky Mountain PBS archive collection. We have information that is important to preserve. With your help it can be used in a variety of ways today and in the future to promote Rocky Mountain PBS!

Are you interested in working with a group of amazing volunteers with a computerized database to identify and catalog a whole host of material? This may be the volunteer job for you!

We provide training and you can develop your skills in data base management, archiving and researching and have fun in the process.

Here are the basics:

  • Location: Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver)
  • Time Commitment: 4 hours per week, during business hours.
  • Skills: Basic computer skills as well as ability and desire to communicate with RMPBS Staff to assist with time-sensitive inquiries.

Call Station's Archived Memories (SAM) for more details- the SAM Office at RMPBS, Denver 303-620-5734 or contact us online at SAM@rmpbs.org.

Contribute to the future of RMPBS by becoming an expert on the past!


Transcribers Needed for Groundbreaking New Initiative (Denver)

Calling all volunteers! We are looking for individuals interested in becoming a critical part of the new “Gaining Ground” initiative. Over the next 18 months, the I-News Team and the Production Team will be creating several documentaries with accompanying journalism reports (online, in print, on radio and TV) to inform viewers on the racial inequities that exist in Education, the Justice System, the Economy, the Foster Care and Family Structures, among others. We are conducting on camera interviews that we would like volunteers to transcribe.  A transcription is simply the typed text of what the interviewee said. The transcriptions will be shared with everyone on the team, so that the reporters can read and quote the subjects in their reporting and the writer and editor can write the scripts. Volunteers can work at home on their own computer, or at the Rocky Mountain PBS station. Skills needed – typing and a positive attitude! If you are interested, please contact Julie Speer, 303-620-5728 or juliespeer@rmpbs.org. Volunteers will learn about the elements that go into a documentary production!


Tour Guides Have the Most Fun! (Denver)

Do you have a few hours a month? (Most tours are scheduled during the day but there are some occasional evenings too!) Join the fun of taking small groups around the Denver station and informing folks of all ages about the wonders of Rocky Mountain PBS. It's easy – we have tour scripts and we train you. Generally, our tours last approximately an hour. You don't have to be an expert. Just bring your smile and laughter with you. Tour guides are some of the best goodwill ambassadors that we have.

Rocky Mountain PBS is committed to our public and that means that we welcome the public into our station more than any other TV station in town. We need your help. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org and we will have some fun!


Transcribers Needed for Station's Archived Memories (Denver)

Do you prefer not to drive to Rocky Mountain PBS to offer your time as a volunteer? Transcribing for Station's Archived Memories may be the perfect volunteer job for you.

Whether from your own home desktop or a computer in the SAM office at Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver), you can support the efforts of Station's Archived Memories by serving as a volunteer transcriber of Oral History interviews. The interviews average about 55 minutes in length and can be received as an audio file directly on your home computer.

Each of the Station's Archived Memories oral history interviews is videotaped, digitally preserved and transcribed for future generations. The interviews provide insight to fascinating institutional, community and individual histories. Interviews offer an insight to memorable moments in the history of Rocky Mountain PBS as well as a look into the "everyday life" at a public broadcasting station.

Volunteer transcribers must have a current computer capable of playing electronic audio files and a Word program. A volunteer for Oral History transcribing must have strong computer skills, knowledge of how to create Word documents, the ability to receive and send emails and the skills to download/upload files. Additionally, a volunteer transcriber must have excellent listening skills including the ability to type audio files word-for-word. Schedules and time commitment will vary with the individual transcriber. Detailed training in regard to specific responsibilities and expectations are provided by fellow volunteers of Station's Archived Memories at Rocky Mountain PBS.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the position as an Oral History transcriber, please contact the SAM Office: 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org.


Photographers in the Denver Area (Denver)

We need to build a team of photographers for events and happenings in the Denver area.  If you have the time and the talent, we would love to have you record our events.  Interested individuals should email Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org. Please include samples of your work or a link to your work with your email.

Southern Colorado

Volunteers for Colorado Springs KIDS Fun Fest! (Colorado Springs)

Get ready to have some fun! Southern Colorado's KIDS Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, June 6th at Acacia Park in Colorado Springs from 10am-2pm (event times), set up will probably begin around 7:30am. More information will be available as the event nears. Contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org for more information.

Western Colorado

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities

Rocky Mountain PBS on the Western Slope (KRMJ) has tons of fun opportunities for volunteers! Contact KRMJEvents@RMPBN.onmicrosoft.com for more information on the following opportunities:

  • Special Events
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Calendar
  • Community Cinema
  • Office Assistance
  • Kids Fun Fest
  • Family Science Night
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play a critical role at Rocky Mountain PBS. The Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer corps donates (on average) 15,000+ hours per year. They expand the capacity of the organization in order to enhance the public outreach and sustain viewer support of the mission-- to inspire people to engage in deeper, more meaningful ways with the world around them. Volunteers enjoy the opportunity to work together supporting and leading station initiatives.

We hope that you might consider donating your time and talent to Rocky Mountain PBS. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities and new opportunities are constantly popping up. The best way to learn about these is to sign up in our database or contact volunteer coordinator, Susan Barber (susanbarber@rmpbs.org). To sign up in the database, go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer and click on “Sign Up to Volunteer.” If you are in our database, you will receive monthly updates on volunteer news and opportunities. Below is a list of some of the many opportunities available:

Station Tours:
Rocky Mountain PBS is a PUBLIC broadcasting station and we invite the public into the station at any opportunity! This is a very important piece of community outreach. We rely on our volunteer tour guides. Tours are done primarily during the day/business hours (but we also provide occasional weekday evening tours). It’s great fun and training is provided.

On-Call Volunteers:
Sign up to be on our on-call list for a variety of short-notice, immediate jobs from mailings, to button making, to data input, “faux” phone banks and many more!

Community Cinema:
Greet and register guests at free screenings of outstanding independent films that occur approximately once a month. You meet great folks and have the opportunity to see award winning films.

Photographers:
If you enjoy taking pictures and you are pretty good, sign up to be a photographer! We take pictures of everything!!!

Pledge:
Pull a team together of your friends for an evening and take over the phones! or, volunteer individually to assist with the production and logistics

Super School News:
Coach a classroom in preparation for an on-air news broadcast about students’ schools. This nationally recognized program provides students with the opportunity to get a taste of broadcast journalism.

Station’s Archived Memories (SAM): 
Help keep the history of Rocky Mountain PBS alive. A nationally recognized volunteer-driven project, Station’s Archived memories welcomes volunteers interested in preserving photographs, memorabilia, oral histories, local productions and station documents related to Rocky Mountain PBS. Archive training provided, but computer skills mandatory. Work is done during weekday business hours at Rocky Mountain PBS. 303-620-5734 or SAM@rmpbs.org.

Storymakers:
Perfect for the volunteer who has limited time! Be a reader/judge for this state-wide short story contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Help us judge and read over 900 stories.

Newsletters:
Write articles, coordinate newsletters that include the monthly Volunteer Bulletin and the Cooks Club Newsletter.

Community Outreach:
Perfect opportunity to work with friends on weekdays, weekends or evenings for screenings, staffing booths at community events (including jazz events and the like).

Volunteer Recruitment:
Call your friends and build our volunteer corps by reaching out to your network – your friends and colleagues.

Volunteer Leadership:
Develop and enhance your leadership skills. Opportunities abound to really make a significant impact by taking leadership roles in new and current station initiatives and on the Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board!

Special Events:
Big and small events – many different jobs!

Online Auction:
Variety of different types of jobs. Fun work in team atmosphere.

Southern Colorado Volunteer Opportunities (Colorado Springs & Pueblo)

For more information, contact Keanna Smith at Keannasmith@rmpbs.org
Special Events
Tim Gill Center for Public Media: Office assistance, grant writing
Matchwits: Statewide quiz show for Colorado High Schools
Kids Fun Fest

Western Colorado Volunteer Opportunities (Grand Junction)

For more information, contact Ryan Stringfellow at ryanstringfellow@rmpbs.org
Special Events
Community Outreach
Office Assistance
Kids Fun Fest

Directions for Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Database

  • Sign Up to Volunteer 
  • Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer 
  • Scroll down to first item-“Sign Up to Volunteer” 
  • Click on words in “this form” 
  • Complete application and submit 
  • You should then receive an email shortly with your pin#.

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