Volunteer Opportunities: May 2017

Front Desk Volunteer at RMPBS on Friday Mornings

Are you a supporter of Rocky Mountain PBS? Looking to spend some quality time with an organization that is deeply involved in its community? Support us by volunteering at the front desk on Fridays from 9 am-1 pm!

As the Rocky Mountain PBS receptionist, you will be the first line of contact for our viewers, community members and business professionals who enter into the building or call our station directly. You will also receive calls for our radio station, KUVO 89.3!

Answering the phone and directing calls to the correct employee in the building is essential to navigate the flow of call traffic. Greeting our guests and notifying the employee they are meeting with is part of the duties as well. Behind the desk, you may also be given specific tasks from our employees, such as mailing duties.

If interested, please contact Shawn Jones shawnjones@rmpbs.org

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Festival Volunteers for KUVO Needed

Assist with representing KUVO at summer festivals on weekends. It’s a great time. Contact Arvida Rascon arvida@kuvo.org to learn more and to assist. 

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Daytime Tour Guides/Ambassadors Needed!

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!

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(Weekend Opportunity) Be My Neighbor Day: Need 1 Volunteer (Morning June 10; 2 Hours at Denver’s Children’s Museum)

If you enjoy kids and want to “feel the love,” help guide the beloved RMPBS character Daniel Tiger at the Children’s Museum of Denver.  You would assist Daniel in greeting kids and giving hugs from 7:15-9:30 am on Saturday, June 10th.  RMPBS, the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Food Bank of the Rockies are partnering to celebrate “Be My Neighbor Day.”  Kids will enjoy activities and will be packing bags with food supplies---in short, being a good neighbor.

Hope you are interested!  If you are, contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org

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(Weekend Opportunity) Be a Rocky Mountain PBS Ambassador at the Five Points Jazz Festival May 20th

The Five Points Jazz Festival, now in its 14th 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 for the evening shift from 4-7:30 pm. We need 3 volunteers so volunteer and bring a couple of friends.  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!

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

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Help Us Preserve Our Programming for Station’s Archived Memories Project

Are you a fan of Rocky Mountain PBS and have enjoyed our programming over the years?  If you answered yes, we would love to have your help preserving these productions.  It’s both a walk down memory lane and a peek into the future.

Join other volunteers who are doing this preservation work with the Station’s Archived Memories project.  Basic computer skills would be needed and database experience is a plus.  You will be trained by fellow knowledgeable volunteers.  This is an on-going weekly opportunity for 4 hours/week on Mondays between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm. 

If this interests you (and we hope it does!), please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org. Thanks!

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Document Preservation/Data Input for Station’s Archived Memories Project

Join a small team of delightful and dedicated volunteers during the day at the RMPBS station (1089 Bannock Street, Denver).  You will work together with other volunteers to preserve important documents for the station’s archives.  We hope you are comfortable with computers and data input but please know, that we will also train you.  This is a regular, weekly opportunity on Thursdays between the hours of 10 am-2 pm.  If you are interested in being part of this team or learning more, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org. Thanks!

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Photo Research and Cataloguing for Station’s Archived Memories Project

Assist with tracking and logging photograph’s for the station that stretch back 60 years up to yesterday.  Work with a fun, dedicated group of volunteers on Wednesdays between Noon and 3 pm.  This is a weekly opportunity. Volunteers need to be comfortable with computers and data input.  New volunteers will be trained.  If you are interested, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.

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Transcribe Interviews of RMPBS History Makers for Station’s Archived Memories Project*

*Work may be done at home or at Denver station
For 60 years, many people have been instrumental in the success of Rocky Mountain PBS.  Station’s Archived Memories has preserved extraordinary oral histories of these individuals.  You can be a part of this fascinating project by transcribing these interviews.

We will train you!  Most videotaped interviews are 45-55 minutes long which equates to a transcript of 25-35 pages. An average of 6-7 hours is required to transcribe or proofread one interview.  You may work at your own speed at home or at the station during the week.  If you work from home, you should have a computer with a Word program and be capable of playing electronic audio files.

The skills you bring to the table should include: excellent listening skills including the ability to type audio files word-for-word according to the instructions provided; strong computer skills including the abilities to create Word documents, receive and send emails and knowledge of how to download files. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org

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Want to Impact Kids? Join the Volunteer Ranks for our "Super School News" program

Join the volunteers for "Super School News" (www.rmpbs.org/ssn) and make a difference in a child’s life. This education-based program is the oldest, continuously running production of Rocky Mountain PBS. For over 30 years, volunteers have made it possible for 5th and 6th graders to produce 2-minute news broadcasts about their schools which appear on the air. This program introduces children to the world of broadcast news and, as a result, some of the "Super School News" alumni have gone on to careers in journalism and broadcast.

Volunteers will be assigned a school and work with a teacher and student team (1-2 coaching sessions at the school) to design their broadcast. Volunteer training is provided. In addition, volunteers will assist with assembling information (1 morning in August and December), orientation day (1 morning in September and January) and will attend the taping session at the Denver station.

We hope you will help sustain this legacy program. If you are interested in volunteering, please email superschoolnews@rmpbs.org or Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org

Southern Colorado

Southern Colorado Volunteer Opportunities (Colorado Springs/Pueblo)

If you are interested in volunteering in Colorado Springs/Pueblo, please contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org or 719-418-5851.

Western Colorado

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities

KRMJ has tons of fun opportunities for volunteers! Contact Alex Forsett at alexforsett@rmpbs.org for more information on the following opportunities: 

  • Special Events
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Calendar
  • Community Cinema
  • Office Assistance
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:
RMPBS 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!

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 Elyse Jones at elysejones@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 alexforsett@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#.

Record Your Hours

  • Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer
  • Click on the words in blue under “Record Your Hours”
  • Login is your email address and password is your pin #
  • Click in left-hand margin “Post Your Hours”
  • Fill in information on volunteer work (day, hours, assignment)
  • Confirm info
  • Enter another date if needed
  • When completed, click on “Exit” at the bottom of the page

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