Volunteer Opportunities: August 2016

Weekend Opportunity for Volunteers: 
Annual Denver KIDS Fun Fest
Saturday, September 10, 2016 (10am-2pm)

PBS is the largest early learning classroom in the nation, providing access to outstanding educational programming for all children. The Rocky Mountain PBS Denver KIDS Fun Fest (Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the station-1089 Bannock St.) extends this educational commitment to families and children.  We need your help with the largest community outreach of the year!  Children and families will be hosted by favorite PBS characters, including Princess Presto, Daniel Tiger, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George. Children will be encouraged to discover, learn, create and get up and go through a variety of FREE interactive activities. Stage performances will entertain as well as inform. It’s the perfect outing for families in a safe and entertaining setting--the best block party FREE to all!

It takes MANY, MANY volunteers to put on this wonderful, free event. Approximately 8,500 children and families attend this festival. There are many different types of jobs and different shifts. We hope you will support our families and children by volunteering for this event. Put together your own volunteer team – it’s great fun to volunteer with friends, family and co-workers!  OR, volunteer as an individual.  We have all types of volunteer opportunities that will suit all our volunteers. Here are the jobs that we need assistance with: 

I. Pre-KIDS Fun Fest

A. Distributing flyers in 3 block radius of station
Week of August 29: 4 volunteers (any day, any time – takes about 2 hours)
B. Friday, September 9 from 5-6pm. Only one hour! Help with chalk outlines for booths in street and parking lot.
Need 4 volunteers

II.    Day Of – Saturday, September 10, 2016

A. Early Morning Set-Up
7-9:30am: 15 volunteers
B. Tricycle Village
8am-10am: 4 volunteers to help with set-up     
10am-3pm: 8 volunteers to assist with kids and take-down (lunch provided)
C. Monitor Block Island
Monitor block play area from 10am-2pm: 3 volunteers (lunch provided)
D. Crowd Control
    1. Bounce House/Climbing Wall – 9:45am-2pm: 4 volunteers  (lunch included)
    2. Character Booth – 9:45-2 pm: 4 volunteers (lunch included)
E. Lost children booth
10am-2pm:  3 volunteers (lunch provided)
F. Monitor Character Booth
10 am-2pm: 4 volunteers (monitor line for meeting PBS character)
G. Tennis Booth
10 am-2pm: 4 volunteers (Assist with young tennis players)

H. Tear Down
2-3:30 pm: 15 volunteers

To volunteer or to find out more, please email Hannah Wold Hannahwold@rmpbs.org with subject header “Sign Me Up to Volunteer!” and let her know the job and shift(s) that you would like or questions you may have.


Front Desk Volunteers!

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!

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.

We are looking to have volunteers cover the front desk when our current receptionist will not be able to. These shifts can range from half days to full days, and you will be properly trained. If interested, please contact aaliahhartley@rmpbs.org.


Helping Hands for Membership Mailings

Latrice Lee in the Development/Membership Department is looking for helping hands to mail out letters to members on a bi-monthly basis. Any of the below days and time slots that work for you would be greatly appreciated so contact Latrice at 303.620.5695 or email latricelee@rmpbs.org.

Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays: 10am–Noon or 2pm–4pm.


Media Opportunity With Station's Archived Memories

Would you like an opportunity to gain experience working with media? If you have knowledge about film, production or radio, we want you. Rocky Mountain PBS has an opportunity in the Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) digitizing and preserving film, radio and news.

We are looking for a commitment of four to six hours per week volunteering for this award-winning project. Build your resumé while helping us preserve our past! If interested, please email SAM@rmpbs.org for details.


Leadership Opportunity

Leadership opportunities are now available with RMPBS’s Station Archived Memories. If you’d like to build a resume tailored toward leadership, have interested in archives and are passionate about preserving the past, there are currently volunteer opportunities perfect for you. 

We are looking for a commitment of four to six hours per week volunteering for this award-winning project. Coordinate volunteers, support the archive, and help us save history. If interested, please email SAM@rmpbs.org for details.


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


Tour Guides Have the Most Fun!

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!

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:
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 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#.


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