Volunteer Opportunities: June 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 (1089 Bannock St.)
Week of July 18: 4 volunteers (any day, any time – takes about 2 hours)
B. Distributing flyers in 3 block radius of station
Week of August 29: 4 volunteers (any day, any time – takes about 2 hours)
C. 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. Set-Up/Monitoring Continental Breakfast
6:30-8:30am: 1 volunteer
C. Vendor and Volunteer Check-In Info Booth
7am-1:30pm: 4 volunteers (lunch included)
D. Traffic Controllers (guide vendors to set up locations)
7-10am: 2 volunteers
E. Tricycle Village
8am-10am: 4 volunteers to help with set-up     
10am-3pm: 8 volunteers to assist with kids and take-down (lunch provided)
F. Monitor Block Island
Monitor block play area from 10am-2pm: 3 volunteers (lunch provided)
G. Greeters (welcome attendees/hand-out maps)
9:30am-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:  3 volunteers (lunch provided) 
K. Lost children booth
10am-2pm:  3 volunteers (lunch provided)
L. Photographers
9am-Noon: 1 volunteer
Noon-2pm: 1 volunteer
M. Stage Assistants (assist stage manager)
8am-2pm: 2 volunteers (lunch provided)
N. 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.  

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Weekend Opportunity for Volunteers:
RMPBS Booth/Clifford the Big Red Dog at Bannock St.
Criterium Bike Race Expo!

When: Sunday July 31st  10:00am to 6:00pm 
Where: Rocky Mountain PBS parking lot, 1089 Bannock Street, Denver
What: Bannock St. Criterium Bike Race Expo

Rocky Mountain PBS is partnering with Front Rangers Cycling Club for the Bannock St. Criterium Bike Race Expo! The Bannock St. Criterium, in memory of Mike Nields, is held in the Golden Triangle in Denver and provides a challenging course for racers and a great environment for spectators to enjoy the race.The Bike Expo, which marks the end of the race, will be held in the Rocky Mountain PBS parking lot. There will be kid friendly activities along with giveaway prizes, bike contests, vendors, bike-centric expos, and Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Volunteer Duties:  We are looking for volunteers to run the RMPBS booth, and 2 (or more) for Clifford the Big Red Dog (one/two to be Clifford the Big Red Dog and one to be Clifford’s handler)! 

Volunteers will staff the RMPBS booth, hand out schwag, guide Clifford as needed throughout the parking lot, and help attendees take photos with Clifford.The volunteer(s) performing as Clifford will be taking short walks around the lot (mostly sticking to the RMPBS booth) to take photos with the attendees. You’ll be able to take breaks every 20 minutes, and will be needed for approximately 4 hours – time is TBD, the more volunteers for Clifford the better!

Please email aaliahhartley@rmpbs.org if you are interested in participating in this bike-centered fun event!

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Volunteers with a Couple of Hours/Week to Spare (can work at home) Writing Notes

Have fun working with our corporate development/underwriting team and help them out writing gracious thank-yous to their clients.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Write thank you notes to all underwriting clients whose contracts come in over the course of the week. 
SKILLS NEEDED: Good handwriting! 
DATES AND DAYS WHEN VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED: Volunteer will determine—this is an on-going job 
TIME: 1-2 hours/week
CAN THIS JOB BE DONE AT VOLUNTEER’S HOME?  YES!

If interested please contact Megan Maatman meganmaatman@rmpbs.org or Catherine Melorango catherinemelorango@rmpbs.org.

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Administrative Support for the Fabulous RMPBS Corporate Sales Team

Would you like a volunteer experience with the fabulous folks of the RMPBS Corporate Sales Department to assist them in administrative work/outreach for the annual KIDS Fun Fest?  If you answered yes, then this is the opportunity for you!

JOB DESCRIPTION: KIDS Fun Fest booth outreach to bring on potential underwriter’s at the $500 and $1,000 level. Prospecting for new booths for Kids Fun Fest and some follow up potentially with existing KFF booth sponsors. 
SKILLS NEEDED: Sales experience preferred. Warm, friendly personality. Confidence over the phone and in person. Connections to kids organizations in the community a plus. Organizational skills.
DATES AND DAYS WHEN VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED: Needed ASAP until KIDS Fun Fest, Sept 10th. Will need to come in during office hours in order to train. Will be able to do from home once training is completed. 
TIME: 3 hours/week 
CAN THIS JOB BE DONE AT VOLUNTEER’S HOME? Yes (volunteer will need to have access to the internet and have a phone)

If interested please contact Megan Maatman meganmaatman@rmpbs.org or Catherine Melorango catherinemelorango@rmpbs.org.

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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.

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Media Opportunity

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.

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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.

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Display Your Imaginative Side

The Station’s Archived Memories (SAM Display Committee is looking for several imaginative and friendly volunteers.  Volunteers that enjoy participating in Rocky Mountain PBS special events will find this to be the perfect volunteer activity with an opportunity to attend events while also showing off the station’s history. Volunteers are asked to create colorful, interesting and appealing displays from the thousands of available historical photographs, documents and memorabilia items from the archives.

SAM provides all materials to display, and you would work with a seasoned volunteer until comfortable working alone. Training is provided for all volunteers at their convenience. The average time spent per event is approximately two hours ahead of the occasion selecting the perfect display items from the archives. An additional hour is needed to set up and take down each display on the day of the event. The really fun part begins when supervising the display and conversing with guests. 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 volunteer position.

Does this volunteer activity sound like something you’d like to do? Please contact the SAM Office at Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver) 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org for additional information.

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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

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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.

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 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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