Volunteer Opportunities – Operations

Volunteer Operations/Administrative. Photo © Ilona Berzups.

Greater Seattle Cares is growing! In fact we are expanding so quickly, we could use your assistance with several ongoing projects. With additional support from our community, we have the ability to do even more for the homeless. We are now looking for caring individuals who are interested in joining our team as we make this happen. Contact us to volunteer and to learn more about current opportunities. We also have Volunteer Opportunities for Encampments Direct.

Volunteer Support Operations / Administrative

Communications Committee member – Newsletter

  • Description: Compile a concise, informative newsletter periodically and distribute to GSC supporters, volunteers and clients. Solicit content from Board members, other committees, and outside sources. Receive and edit content to compile newsletter. Work with the Chair for the timing and distribution of the newsletter.
  • Level of Commitment: At least c. 10 hrs. per quarter; one or two people needed to collaborate on the newsletter
  • Duration: 6 month commitment requested.
  • When/Where: Work from your own computer. Board members and other committees may provide content and final review/approval of newsletter.
  • Skills/Tools: JJournalistic writing/editing experience. Good people skills and ability to work with a team of people.
  • Committee Chair: Roger Franz

Communications Committee member – Blog / Social Media

  • Description: Moderate/edit postings. Author, find and post content making the audience aware of events relating to homelessness. Follow up on suggestions from others about posting informative content. Work with the Chair and other committee members so support a consistent message through all communication channels.
  • Level of Commitment: Flexible, c. 1 – 2 hrs. per week; one or two people needed to collaborate on content for social media
  • Duration: 90 day commitment requested for moderator/editor role
  • When/Where: Work from your own computer. Others may suggest content.
  • Skills/Tools: Familiarity with electronic media. Good language and writing skills. Ability to work with a team of people.
  • Committee Chair: Roger Franz

Communications Committee member – Photography/ Videography

  • Description: Take stills and videos at various tent camps, advocacy events and other related venues, obtaining permission for any photos/videos. Make them available for GSC use in newsletters, social media, and on the website.
  • Level of Commitment: As needed and available to record events.
  • Duration: Open
  • When/Where: Camp locations vary. Committee chairs will suggest upcoming opportunities as well.
  • Skills/Tools: Your own camera/video camera and computer for recoding and editing. Preparing media for the web.
  • Committee Chair: Roger Franz

 Gleaning/distribution of food and supplies

  • Description: Participate with the Board Gleaning team to collect items from designated retailers and food banks on a regular schedule. Distribute those items to the various homeless encampments and other non-profit groups.
  • Level of Commitment: Typically mornings, one day or more per week, varies by location
  • Duration: On going, 6 month commitment is requested
  • When/Where: Varies
  • Skills/Tools: Your own transportation and ability to make judgments on the best way to distribute goods in a timely manner.
  • Committee Chair: Leslie Nodtvedt

 Dental Program Coordinator

  • Description: Serve as point of contact with Medical Teams International to coordinate dates when the Mobile Dental Clinic comes to the encampments. Inform camps; for SHARE camps, inform SHARE as well. Leave off a sign-up sheet the Monday before the van comes. Pick up the sheet on Friday and pull charts from the locked filing cabinet kept by GSC; make blank charts for new patients. On the day of the visit, assure a smooth flow of patients to the van, assure that each new patient fills out a chart. Refer patients who need additional care; inform Dental Case Manager. Collect charts at the end of the day and store in the locked file cabinet. Follow up with patients who needed additional services.
  • Level of Commitment: One Saturday per month, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; could be shared; some months MTI cannot come. 1-2 hours during the week prior to an MTI visit.
  • Duration: 6 month commitment is requested
  • When/Where: Wherever the camps are; whenever the MTI van can come. We usually get 2-3 weeks’ notice.
  • Skills/Tools: Good communication and follow up skills; organized and pleasant personality
  • Committee Chair: Cindy Roat

Dental Case Manager

  • Description: Help find services for patients who need more care than they can receive on the MTI Mobile Dental Clinic. We work with a dentist and denturist in downtown Seattle, as well as with Project Access Northwest at Swedish Medical Center. Some camp residents just need the phone numbers, others need assistance in setting up appointments, while some actually need to be taken to appointments. Many need help in navigating the system.
  • Level of Commitment: Varies widely based on the number of clients in the process
  • Duration: One year commitment is requested
  • When/Where: Varies by location of the homeless camps; denturist and dental schools are in Seattle but much work can be done by phone
  • Skills/Tools: Good communication and follow up skills; organized and pleasant personality; your own transportation to be used occasionally
  • Committee Chair: Cindy Roat

Community awareness assistant

  • Description: Work with the committee chair to identify sources of funding for the programs of GSC. Follow up with proposals, applications, and inquiries to different agencies, companies and private sources to obtain funding.
  • Level of Commitment: Varies widely based on need; est. 5 hrs. per month
  • Duration: One year commitment is requested
  • When/Where: Work from home, with occasional meetings with potential funders, the GSC Board, and in community events
  • Skills/Tools: Good communications skills, familiarity with grant and proposal writing, knowledge of non-profit funding processes is very helpful
  • Committee Chair: Frances Posel

Meal Calendar Outreach

  • Description: Calls local churches/organizations to get them to provide meals for any of the three encampments in their neighborhood.
  • Level of Commitment: An hour a week, more or less
  • Duration: One year commitment is requested
  • When/Where: Work from home with a telephone and over the internet
  • Skills/Tools: Good communications skills
  • Committee Chair: Bill Bear

Community Outreach

  • Description: Calls religious and civil service organizations to expand our communications network.
  • Level of Commitment: An hour a week, more or less
  • Duration: One year commitment is requested
  • When/Where: Work from home with a telephone and over the internet
  • Skills/Tools: Good communications skills
  • Committee Chair: Responds directly to the board.