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Summer Volunteer Opportunities: Job Descriptions

Public Relations Intern: The PR Intern will have a unique opportunity to learn about non-profit public affairs through hands-on activities and exposure to a wide range of departmental activities and projects, including disaster response, special events and program areas.  Responsibilities will include creating press kits, accompanying PR staff to disasters and special events, assisting with tracking media mentions, taking and filing photos, reviewing and drafting press releases, and assisting with the design and copy of chapter brochures, displays, and publicity materials.  Prospective interns must be proficient in MS Word, Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop, Desktop publishing, and have excellent written and verbal communications.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours a week, depending on needs of intern (credit requirements, etc.); Shifts a min. of 3 hrs during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; Occasional night & weekend work.  Internships may be taken for credit and travel/job-related expense are reimbursable.

Human Resources Volunteer Recruiting Assistant: The HR Volunteer Recruiting Assistant will assist the Manager of HR in the recruiting function.  This includes understanding and engaging in the recruiting process by reviewing job descriptions, job requisitions process including some compensation, resume review, identifying candidates, communicating with the candidate by e-mail and phone to discuss skills or to clarify questions from resume, setting up interviews for the candidates with internal staff members, and reference/background checking.  This position requires candidates to have EXCELLENT Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook Calendar skills. Must have excellent phone manners. Must be organized. Candidate needed at least 3 days per week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for at least 3-6 months. Candidate should be a college Junior or Senior.

Youth Services Volunteer Instructor Specialist: The Instructor Specialist implements training programs at schools and community organizations as scheduled and contacted by the Youth Services department. Youth Training programs include HIV education programs for K-12, as well as adults, safety and preparedness programs for children, Babysitting and Leadership training for adolescents, among other training programs. Hours of trainings include both daytime and evening sessions. Candidate must have 1-3 months related experience and/or training. Presentation, training, teaching, instruction or tutoring experience required. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of children, youth, and adults of diverse backgrounds. Must possess a valid driver's license.  Must have own transportation and ability to work either daytime or evening hours, at least 1-2 days per week.

Social Work Intern: The Social Work Intern will provide case management services, Document student's progress for ARC and County Assistance Office as student's transition from welfare to work.  Essential duties and responsibilities include assisting the case manager in interviewing clients and evaluating their needs, counseling students and referring them to the appropriate resource, assisting students in understanding TANF benefits, and assisting the case manager in documenting all contacts with students. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a Social Work Program or related field. Time Commitment: 3-6 months, 15-20 hours per week.

Marketing Associate: The Financial Department's volunteer Marketing Associate assists with the day-to-day activities in order to increase the visibility of the American Red Cross Nurse Aide Training Program. Responsibilities include identifying and assisting with the development of agency partnerships to increase student referrals, identifying and participating in Career Fair/Job Fair opportunities, provide telemarketing support, and assisting with the development and distribution of marketing materials. Additional duties include giving presentations for prospective employers and other agencies, and assisting with activities associated with the NAT Advisory Committee and its function. Applicants must have an Associate or Bachelor's degree in Marketing or Public Relations as well as prior experience in healthcare.  Candidate must have sound knowledge of Microsoft Office products and Publisher. Must have a valid driver's license.

Stewardship & Communications Intern: The overall objective of the Financial Development's Stewardship Program is to maintain a planned, organized series of activities that keep donors informed about and engaged in the activities and programs of the American Red Cross Southeastern PA Chapter. Responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of the chapter's stewardship program for example (but not limited to): preparing copies for biweekly board updates, preparing copies and graphics for monthly donor email newsletters, updating donor acknowledgement letter templates, preparing copies and assisting with graphic selection, layout and production of bi-annual Leadership Donor Newsletter, assisting with copy development for quarterly chapter mail solicitations, and assisting in planning and implementing recognition opportunities for leadership donors. Intern must have effective interpersonal and written communication skills, ability to maintain integrity in dealing with confidential donor information, use teamwork orientation in working with the entire unit, ability to use MS Word, MS Outlook, and preferably desktop publishing and graphics software. Time Commitment: 1-3 days per week on a set regular schedule for at least 6 months. Intern will receive computer training as necessary.

HIV Prevention Program Intern: The HIV Prevention Intern supports the HIV/AIDS training programs. Maintains instructor database, researches HIV/AIDS related materials, assisting in the distribution of the HIV/AIDS Information Update newsletter. Will teach HIV/AIDS courses upon successful certification of American Red Cross HIV Instructor Course (will be trained). Writes marketing materials for all HIV prevention programs. Intern must be a college student with the following major or experience: Health, Education, Social Services, Psychology or Marketing.  Must have strong written and communication skills, computer and organizational skills (SPSS, Excel, Access and MS Word), be detail oriented, and have volunteer experience. Intern should exhibit interest in community support and organization. Must be able to handle multiple tasks and speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization. Time Commitment: Minimum 2 days per week from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 1-2 evenings a month.

Volunteer Transportation Driver: The Volunteer Driver picks up and delivers blood in sealed containers between hospitals or from bloodmobile sites to the Musser Blood Center lab in Philadelphia. Other duties include transporting volunteers when assigned to and from bloodmobile sites (DE County only), recording assignment mileage, and reporting vehicle maintenance problems to the Transportation Chairman for repairs.  Volunteer must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid license with a good driving record (no major violations or motor vehicle accidents), be dependable, able to follow written and verbal directions, ability to use maps, and have the minimum insurance coverage required by PA state law. Required Training: "Introduction to the Red Cross" orientation, transportation policies and procedures, volunteer transportation specialist training. Approximately 3 hour per assignment- varies, contingent upon distance; recommended min. of 2 assignments per month.

Red Cross House Volunteer Opportunities:

1. After School Study Buddy: The After School Study Buddy program asks for volunteers to work closely with the children whom stay at the Red Cross House in their after school studies.  Volunteers must be ready and willing to offer help with homework, projects, or to even help a child study for a test. As a volunteer you may also be asked to offer recreational, structured computer and additional educational activities. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

2. Evening Activities Volunteer: Volunteers run separate activities for either children or adults in the evening. Each night a new activity will be scheduled for them to participate in. For example: Monday, book club; Tuesday, aerobics; Wednesday, computers; Thursday, art. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.

3. Child Care: Volunteers will need to provide childcare while parents are participating in evening activities. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8 pm.

4. Kitchen Helper: Serves food during mealtimes. Hours: Lunch-noon, Dinner-6 pm.

5. Receptionist: Greets residents and guests upon arrival.  Answers telephones. Hours: 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.

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