Volunteer Opportunities: September 2015

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.


Nationally Recognized StoryMakers Program Seeks Volunteers (Denver)

StoryMakers (www.rmpbs.org/storymakers) received the 2015 award for the best community development program from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting. Our volunteers made this possible! StoryMakers is a statewide short story contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Students submit stories on-line and volunteers organize submissions and serve as judges. Student finalists participate in a one-day workshop and winners and finalists are recognized at an awards luncheon.

Volunteers lead this program and staff this program. StoryMakers is a fun and fulfilling experience for the RMPBS volunteer corps!

  1. Office Work-Process On-Line Entries
    Work at the station (1089 Bannock) on your schedule printing and assembling the entries for StoryMakers. Work begins the week of September 28 - week of October 12, 2014.
    Volunteers may choose their day and time between the hours of 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Monday-Friday to work 2-3 hours but will need to coordinate time with Susan Barber, volunteer coordinator. Volunteers will be trained. Interested volunteers should contact Susan at susanbarber@rmpbs.org 
  2. Judges
    Whether you are a past volunteer or a first-time judge, we are seeking your assistance with this incredibly popular Rocky Mountain PBS initiative! A rubric will be provided to help judges evaluate the stories. Judges will need to be available to read the stories at Rocky Mountain PBS, located at 1089 Bannock Street, on at least one of the following dates and 4-hour time slots:
    Monday, October 19 -- 12:30 until 4:30pm
    Tuesday, October 20 -- 5:00 until 9pm
    Wednesday, October 21 -- 5:00 until 9pm
    Friday, October 23 -- 5:00 until 9pm
    Saturday, October 24 -- 9am until Noon

If you would like to be a judge (sooo much fun) or have questions, please contact Lauren Simmons, StoryMakers Volunteer, at laurensimmons208@gmail.com or Susan Barber, Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at susanbarber@rmpbs.org and include your name, email, phone number and the date(s) you wish to volunteer. Feel free to forward this email to friends, coworkers, fellow book club members, or any other individuals that might have an interest in participating in judging these stories.


Editor Needed for Rocky Mountain PBS Statewide Monthly Volunteer E-Newsletter (Denver)

Do you enjoy writing and editing? If you do, this is a great volunteer job. Work with volunteers and staff to create an informative monthly volunteer newsletter, the Volunteer Bulletin. Time commitment per month is approximately 8-10 hours. Work can be done at home with some time at the Denver station. The Volunteer Bulletin is an important tool in connecting staff and volunteers of RMPBS throughout the state. If you are interested, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org. 


Volunteers for Fabulous NOVA Screening at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver)

A special event that includes a screening of "NOVA-Making North America" accompanied by a conversation with NOVA executive producer, Paula Apsell will be held on October 6 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Two volunteers are needed at the Rocky Mountain PBS table to meet and greet people from 6:00-7:30pm. These two volunteers are invited to stay for the screening and program. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.


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!


Volunteers needed for KUVO's Fall Pledge Drive​ (Denver)

KUVO is looking for fun jazzy volunteers to help during Fall Pledge Drive – October 1 to October 12. Times will vary and will include morning, midday and evening shifts. Please contact Arvida at arvida@kuvo.org  or 303.446.7631 to get more information.


Volunteers Needed for Standing in the Gap​ (Denver)

Screening Dates:
Oct. 8 (Denver School of Science and Technology-Green Valley Ranch): 5:30pm to 9pm
Oct. 20 (Lincoln High School-Southwest Denver): 5:30pm to 9pm

Six Volunteers are needed to help staff several upcoming community screenings of "Standing in the Gap", Rocky Mountain PBS's documentary series on race in education. Volunteers will help with set up, welcome and usher visitors, distribute and collect instant polling and translation devices, help clean up, and keep the event running smoothly. Of course you'll also get to watch the show and participate in the polling. If interested, please contact Mateos Alvarez at mateos53@hotmail.com or 720-326-4185 and let him know which date you would like to volunteer for. Thank you!

Southern Colorado

Welcome Desk Volunteers (Colorado Springs)

Welcome Desk Weekly Volunteers
Where: Tim Gill Center for Public Media 315 E Costilla St. Colorado Springs
When: 2 hour shifts on a weekly basis
Time: Mondays 3-5 pm, Wednesdays 9 am- 1 pm, Thursdays 12 pm – 5 pm, Fridays 12-5 pm thru July. (Need is greatest on Monday and Thursday afternoons)
Number of volunteers: 4-5 (1 per shift)
Description of duties: answer phones, greet guests, administrative tasks.
Contact person: Elyse Jones (719) 418-5851 or elysejones@rmpbs.org


Volunteers for Character Breakfast in October (Colorado Springs)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Character Breakfast on Saturday, October 17th at the Pueblo Rawlings Library. Volunteers will be needed from 8am-12pm to assist staff with set-up, check-in, crowd management, costume handlers, and clean-up. If interested in participating, please contact Elyse Jones at elysejones@rmpbs.org or (719) 418-5851.

Western Colorado

Volunteers Needed for Indie Lens Pop-up Film Screenings​

Grand Junction Volunteers Needed for Indie Lens Pop-up Film Screenings are held the third Thursday of each month beginning in October 2015 through April 2016 at the Central Mesa County Library.  Volunteers are needed to help organize, promote, and execute these film screenings. For more information, contact Alex Forsett at AlexForsett@rmpbs.org or (970)640-3751.


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:
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.

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

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.

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.

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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