Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities from the June 2018 Newsletter

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

Project 440

About the opportunity: Project 440 has a need for:

  • A volunteer to manage marketing/promotion of our annual college fair, which will take place in November 2018.
  • A volunteer to support on managing our social media presence and blog.
  • An ongoing need for people with applicable expertise who are interested in joining our marketing, finance and development committees.

For more information: Please contact Samantha Apgar, Managing Director at sapgar@project440.org

Street Soccer USA

About this opportunity: We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about working with young people, being mentors and giving back to the city of Philadelphia. You don’t need to be a soccer expert, but you need to be passionate about making a difference and enjoy working with young people.

For more information: Please contact King Saah at king@streetsoccerusa.org

Tree House Books

About the opportunity: Tree House Books has the following volunteer needs:

  • Volunteer Librarian: Join our volunteer-staffed Giving Library by organizing and inventorying our growing library as well as selecting and packaging book donations to go out into the community. Volunteers should be ready and enthusiastic to regularly interact with the people of our community, help them find certain books, suggests books, and engage in conversation. You will also track, organize, and display our Free Sidewalk Books Cart and Table, and keep record of books and community members. Our Volunteer Librarians are a crucial part of our operation and the face of our Giving Library to those who are coming in for a book or dropping off a donation. We are open six days a week, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available.
  • Literacy Coach: Become a mentor and guide at Tree House Books’ Literacy Studio by connecting students to the world of books, texts and words, ages 7-12. At the Literacy Studio, we focus on language acquisition, recreational reading, critical thinking and creative writing, through 12-week cycles on selected themes. Most importantly, Literacy Coaches make books fun and relevant to the most reluctant readers and encourage esteem and self-regard through writing. You will prepare materials and set up projects before students arrive, assist with Literacy Studio Activities and Literacy Workshops, and maintain and organize student data portfolios. Monday-Thursday, 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Applicants welcome for any days, programming begins again in September 2018.
  • Marketing Volunteer: Assist in implementing marketing strategies of Tree House Books, by providing materials, technology support, logistics coordination, and social media expertise. Write for various projects, including the creation of press releases, newsletters, brochures, letters, and flyers. Research, create content, and present new ideas to enhance the Tree House Books web presence. Proofread all marketing materials, upon request. Maintain organized electronic files of all marketing information. The average amount of time expected in this position is 10-15+ hours a week. We are open six days a week, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available.
  • Data Entry Volunteer. Assist in the collection and organization of Tree House Books’ growing contact information for volunteers, donors, employees, and community members. Compile into Little Green Light database. The average amount of time expected in this position is 10-15+ hours a week. We are open six days a week, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available.

For more information: Please contact Trixie Steiner-Rose at volunteer@treehousebooks.org

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC)

About the opportunity: The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children is now seeking volunteers to help with cataloging books to prepare for the opening of our newest school library…Harrington Elementary school! Also, WePAC is seeking new volunteers to be apart of our Library teams in our school libraries for 2018-2019!

Volunteering in a WePAC library means being part of a team of caring people, passionate about sharing the love of reading with the children of Philadelphia.

Who can volunteer:

  • Anyone who desires to make a difference in a child’s life and education by engaging them with books and reading
  • West Philadelphia residents who want to foster a love for reading in their community
  • Local college students who need to gain experience working with children and/or potential mentors in fellow volunteers.

What the children can gain from you:

  • The comfort of being read to.
  • Confidence in their reading and academic ability
  • The knowledge that their community cares about them and a LOVE of READING!

No library experience required.

School libraries make a difference. WePAC volunteers change stories.

For more information: Please contact Carrie Sampson [Library & Literacy Program Manager] at carrie@wepac.org

Elizabeth Starrantino is a Spruce Foundation alumni board member and chair of the organization’s communications committee. She spent five years in non-profit marketing and fundraising, and knows from first-hand experience the difference dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers make to move organizations forward. She got involved with the Spruce Foundation because she knows her peers have the skills and drive to be those volunteers and make that difference, and she wants to help connect them to the causes that need them so they can start making Philadelphia even more awesome than it already is.

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