Volunteer Opportunities: October 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.


Volunteers Needed for Community Screenings and Dialogues

I’d love to have volunteer help with this very important project. Rocky Mountain PBS has produced a documentary entitled Standing in the Gap (4 episodes highlighting different Denver neighborhoods). Standing in the Gap is both a television and outreach program that explores the re-segregation of Denver Public Schools and stimulates community dialogue around the achievement gaps in the public education system. Our partners include the Gates Family Foundation, the Rose Community Foundation, The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Office of Film, Television, Media. 

Specifically we have 2 screenings/community dialogues scheduled for November 11 and December 15. We need 2 volunteers per evening. Below is the information. If you would like to assist, please contact Susan Barber susanbarber@rmpbs.org.

Screening dates:
November 11 - 5:30pm to 9pm (North High School-Auditorium, 2960 Speer Blvd., Denver) 
December 15 - 5:30pm to 9pm (McAuliffe International School-Auditorium, 2540 Holly Street, Denver) 

Two volunteers/evening 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, and keep the event running smoothly. Volunteers will also watch the show and participate in the polling.  


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.


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!


Station’s Archived Memories(Denver)

Since its beginnings in 2000, Station’s Archived Memories (“SAM”) has become an integral part of Rocky Mountain PBS as the station’s “go-to archivists” and historians. SAM provides an incredible electronic time machine through its digitized photographs, memorabilia, video interviews, documents and local productions that have been archived for the past 15 years! And, the work continues.

Archiving the station’s history means preserving its great moments and events as well as the everyday life that happens at RMPBS. As we all know, “History is Made Every Day!” Every day, Rocky Mountain PBS continues to provide the archivists with interesting events, projects, productions and notable accomplishments that need to be preserved so that generations to come will appreciate our community treasure, Rocky Mountain PBS.

Did you know that Rocky Mountain PBS has the only volunteer-driven archive project in the country? There are more than 30 volunteers working daily on the archives throughout the year. Offering flexible volunteer schedules, the bulk of the work is done during business hours at the SAM Office in Rocky Mountain PBS.

Volunteer help is needed: Throughout this milestone year, SAM volunteers will continue to meticulously preserve the past and present activities of the station as Rocky Mountain PBS prepares for a major anniversary celebration of SIXTY YEARS of public broadcasting in Colorado. You can help. 

Both new and veteran volunteers are always welcome to join SAM. Volunteers do not have to possess prior knowledge of the station’s history. The willingness to volunteer time, computer skills, an inquisitive mind and an enjoyment of history are the prerequisites to be a SAM volunteer. Along with general skills, SAM also relies on volunteers with high-level skills such as researchers, interviewers, database managers and more.

Whether you have a general or high-level skill to share, please contact Station’s Archived Memories in Denver at 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org to offer your time as a SAM volunteer.

To learn more about Rocky Mountain PBS and its volunteer-driven archive project, please visit Station’s Archived Memories. Then, give the SAM office a call and schedule a time to “meet” SAM.


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

Join the Fun! Volunteer for KUVO’s Pledge Drive in October. Answer phones, eat continuously, get to know the fun staff at KUVO jazz radio and meet new people---do all of these while you are helping to raise money for the fabulous KUVO! If this sounds like something you might like to volunteer for, contact Arvida Rascon at 303-446-7631 or arvida@kuvo.org. Seriously, it is so much fun and, because this radio, you can volunteer in your jammies! The shifts are listed below and just let Arvida know if you can help out. KUVO is located at 2900 Welton St.-2nd floor, in Denver. Free parking is available across the street.  

Saturday, Oct. 3   6:30-10p
Sunday, Oct. 47-10a10a-2p 4:00-8p
Monday, Oct. 5  1:30-4:30p4:30-8p
Tuesday, Oct. 67-10:30a10:30a-1:30p1:30-4:30p4:30-8p
Wednesday, Oct. 77-10:30a10:30a-1:30p1:30-4:30p4:30-8p
Thursday, Oct. 87-10:30a10:30a-1:30p 4:30-8p
Friday, Oct. 97-10:30a  6:30-10p
Saturday, Oct. 10  2:30-6:30p6:30-10p
Sunday, Oct. 117-10:00a10a-2:00p 4:00-8p
Monday, Oct. 127-10:30a10:30a-2:30p  
Southern Colorado

Matchwits Volunteers Needed (Colorado Springs)

KTSC is searching for volunteers interested in assisting with the annual Matchwits taping at the KTSC studio on the CSU-Pueblo campus the weekend of November 6-8th. Contact person: Elyse Jones (719) 418-5851 or elysejones@rmpbs.org.

Western Colorado

Volunteers Needed for Indie Lens Pop-up Film Screenings

Community Cinema is now Indie Lens Pop-up! Volunteers are welcomed to help Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMJ) in Grand Junction organize the film series. Volunteers will help organize food and drinks, help set-up for the event, welcome viewers to the series, and clean-up. Indie Lens Pop-up films are on the third Wednesday of each month, October 2015 through April 2016, at 6:00 PM at the Mesa County Central Library. For more information, please contact Alex Forsett at AlexForsett@rmpbs.org or (970)245-1818. Also at rmpbs.org/cinema


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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