Volunteer Opportunities: June 2015

Denver KIDS Fun Fest

Support families and children at the Annual Denver KIDS Fun Fest: Saturday, September 12, 2015 (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 12, 2015 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 Peg + Cat, 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 (1089 Bannock St.) Week of July 20: 4 volunteers (any day, anytime - takes about 2 hours) 
  • B. Distributing flyers in 3 block radius of station Week of September 1: 4 volunteers (any day, anytime - takes about 2 hours) 
  • C. Friday, September 11—5-6 pm! Only one hour! Help with chalk outlines for booths in street and parking lot. Need 4 volunteers

II. Day Of - Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • A. Early Morning Set-Up 7-9:30 am 15 volunteers 
  • B. Set-Up/Monitoring Continental Breakfast 6:30-8:30 am 1 volunteer 
  • C. Vendor and Volunteer Check-In Info Booth 7am-1:30 pm 4 volunteers (lunch included) 
  • D. Traffic Controllers (Guide vendors to set up locations) 7-10am 2 volunteers 
  • E. Tricycle Village 8am-10am Help with set-up 4 volunteers 10am-3pm Assist with kids and take-down 8 volunteers (lunch provided) 
  • F. Monitor Block Island Monitor block play area from 10 am-2:00 pm –3 volunteers (lunch provided) 
  • G. Greeters (Welcome attendees/hand-out maps) 9:30 am-noon 4 volunteers Noon-2pm 2 volunteers 
  • H. Characters and Handlers (guide and assist PBS characters) Handlers 8am–2pm 4 volunteers (Handlers assist characters as assigned with moving through crowds and greeting their little fans. Lunch provided.) 
  • I. 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) 
  • J. Floaters (assist where needed) 9am-2pm (lunch provided) 3 volunteers 
  • K. Lost Children Booth 10 am-2 pm (lunch provided) 3 volunteers 
  • L. Photographers 9 am-Noon 1 volunteer Noon-2 pm 1 volunteer 
  • M. Stage Assistants (assist stage manager) 8am – 2pm (lunch provided) 2 volunteers 
  • N. Tear Down 2-3:30 pm 15 volunteers

To volunteer or to find out more, please email Susan Barber (susanbarber@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.

Want to Impact Kids? Join the Volunteer Ranks for our Super School News Program (Denver)

Join the volunteers for Super School News (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 (one to two coaching sessions at the school) to design their broadcast. Volunteer training is provided. In addition, volunteers will assist with assembling information (one morning in August and December), orientation day (one 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 RMPBS 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. 

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!

Production Preservation Needs Volunteers (Denver)

by Laura Sampson, SAM Publicity/Marketing Chair

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

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

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

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!

Would You Like to Volunteer From Home? Oral History Transcribers for SAM (Denver)

By Laura Sampson, Oral History co-Chair (Station's Archived Memories)

Would you prefer to volunteer for Rocky Mountain PBS from the comfort of your own home and on your own time schedule? Transcribing Oral History Interviews for Station's Archived Memories (SAM) may be the ideal volunteer job for you.

From your own home desktop you can support the efforts of Station's Archived Memories by serving as a volunteer transcriber of Oral History interviews. These captivating 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 research purposes. The interviews provide insight to fascinating institutional, community and individual histories. Interviews offer a unique insight to memorable moments in the history of Rocky Mountain PBS as well as a look into the "every day life " at a public broadcasting station.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteer transcribers must have a Word program and a current computer capable of playing electronic audio files. A volunteer for Oral History transcribing must have strong computer skills, knowledge of how to create Word documents, the ability to receive/send emails and 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 individual transcribers. Detailed training is provided by fellow volunteers.

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

Station's Archived Memories Display Committee (Denver)

by Laura Sampson, SAM Publicity/Marketing Chair 

The Station's Archived Memories (SAM) Display Committee is in need of imaginative, creative and social volunteers. Volunteers that enjoy attending and participating in Rocky Mountain PBS special events will find this to be the ideal volunteer activity with an opportunity to attend station events, meet new people and show off the station's rich history. With the station's 2016 60th anniversary approaching, several very special upcoming events will require volunteer assistance!

Display Committee volunteers are asked to create colorful, creative and appealing displays from the thousands of well organized archived historical photographs, documents and memorabilia items. New volunteers are paired with a seasoned SAM volunteer until comfortable working alone. Training is provided for all volunteers at their convenience.

The average time spent per event begins with approximately two hours in advance of an occasion selecting the perfect display items from the archives. An additional hour is needed to set up and take down displays on the day of the event. The social part begins at the event when supervising the display and conversing with guests. Special 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 unique volunteer opportunity.

Is this volunteer activity appealing to you? Please contact the SAM Office soon at Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver) 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org to volunteer or ask for additional information.

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.
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

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.

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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