Volunteer Opp's Autumn 2014

The Local Living Venture  is a non profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the economy, well-being and community spirit of the North Country through resourceful living skills workshops and more!  You are welcome to join our team for the many projects we have in the works!

Local Living Venture

Many Thanks to our
Wonderful Volunteers!


You are welcome to join our team for
the many projects we have in the works!

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

The Local  Living Venture is managed
and coordinated by dedicated volunteers.
Will you give us a couple of hours of your time?
You'll be joining a crew of amazing and dedicated people. 

We appreciate your generosity with your time!

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS
Perks for volunteering include free workshop admission,
being part of the LLV Community, free refreshments as available, possibly free 'make and take' items, and meeting the speakers and workshop presenters involved! 
Did we mention our undying thanks?
Plus volunteer discounts on our merchandise that supports our work!



Autumn 2014 Volunteer Opportunities






Adopt A Highway
Rt. 68 Roadway Sponsorship* Saturday October 4, 2 - 4 pm

The Local Living Venture is responsible to maintain an area of Rt. 68 between Canton and Ogdensburg - from just before Flackville (after the Hardscrabble Road) to the mini storage unit place down the road.
We really need some willing helpers!  Takes 1-1/2 hours or less (the more people, the less time!) plus 15 minutes travel time from Canton and...maybe a fun pizza following our efforts!? 
  • join the staff of the Local Living Venture in this thematic event - helping to keep the North Country clean!
  • you get to wear a cool day-glo vest and hard hat!
  • assist in setting up rides for fellow volunteers perhaps?  Recruit other volunteers?
  • help your chosen school-year community to remain litter-free!
TAKE ACTION: Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below, noting "Rt. 68 Roadway" and email it to us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Thank You!






Indian Dinner Benefit * Saturday, October 18

The Indian Dinner Benefits are a favorite of North Country residents - always very popular!  There is much to do to make it happen though, and we need your help to pull it off!  Plus, a free Indian dinner for you - yay!


___ 9 – 11 am : Set up, Wash Veggies and Potatoes: Boil Potatoes
___ 11am to 1 pm : Assist in chopping potatoes, cooking various Indian specialties
___ 1 pm to 3 pm: Assist in cooking
___ 3 pm to 5 pm: Assist in setting up the room for dinner
___ 3 pm to 5 pm : Assist in cooking various Indian specialties
___ 5 pm to 7:30 pm: Assist in serving food
___ 6 pm to 8 pm: Assist in dishwashing and table clearing
___ 7 pm – 9 pm: Assist in dishwashing
___ 8 pm – 10 pm: Assist in dishwashing and cleaning up
___ "Runners" needed all day as the right-hand staff to help coordinators make this a wonderful event!  Pick your times or be there to help all day.

TAKE ACTION: Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below, noting also "Indian Dinner" and the time slot(s) from above that you can be available - email it to us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Thank You!





Outreach Booth Staffing * various dates

Hanging out in our booth is fun and you meet tons of great people!  Help share the love and give people great resources - that we make available in our booth and on our website, for people to learn * How To * live better lives!


1)  Homesteading Festival in Paul Smiths, NY
Saturday, September 27 - set up and staff an information booth at this fun event!
Because we need to travel some distance (about an hour), and can give volunteers a ride there, this one is more or less an all day deal, unless you want to drive there yourself and help out for a shorter period of time - indicate your preferences when you sign up please!

TAKE ACTION: Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below, noting also the event name and the time slot(s) from above that you can be available - email it to us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Thank You!






Thrift Map rejuvenation project * big push for November 15 deadline
The Thrift Map Project is a way to help local residents find places to bring their old items and to help everyone save money - and resources! - by using thrift shops instead of buying new!  November 15 is a national textile recycling day and we are kicking off a project to make it a big deal in the North Country!  Your help is welcome in one of several ways:

Check out the current (not so hot!) map at this page.  Your participation in this project will be as a helper to our assigned staff who are responsible to:
  • Contact thrift stores to participate in the Textile Recycling Day project and
  • To recruit them to advertise on the Map, if you are are dynamic in this way
  • Create a new and (much!) better map for the webpage if you are perhaps more dynamic in this way!
  • Print the Map and Key onto a tri-fold display board
  • Present the Board at many public events!
  • Help write press releases to promote the project
  • Other creative ideas for promoting the re-use and recycling of clothing, appliances and home furnishings - SO MUCH is thrown out every day, this is huge!
TAKE ACTION: Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below, noting also the portion(s) of the Thrift Map project, listed above, that you might be interested in (or say "anything/in general) - email it to us at
LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Thank You!







Workshop Monitor

The Local Living Venture coordinates as many as 3 workshops and educational events per WEEK during the school semester, and we can use a few good hands to help set up, break down and troubleshoot - and you get to participate in the workshop for free!  Pick a subject you're interested in, and let's do it!
  • help to staff the Local Living Venture Welcome Table/greet/sign in people
  • if applicable assist in the Hospitality Area (food & drink)
  • be a general assistant to the coordinators
  • assist presenters
  • A/V troubleshooting if applicable and able
  • assist in procuring written evaluations of the workshop
  • assist with set-up and clean-up
TAKE ACTION: Choose the event(s) you are interested (first come, first served for monitoring assignments!) at this site.  It may be wise to pick an alternate event in case yours has been taken?  Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below and email it to us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.  Note that in the case of Workshop Monitoring you will need to arrive at least an hour prior to the Workshop time and stay for perhaps as long as an hour after.






Workshop Creation

Be creative!  What do YOU either know a lot about or would like to know more about - pitch your idea to us and let's see if we can make it fly!  Also, can this fit into your coursework as an Intern project or extra credit?  If you would like some help with ideas, check out this page - but don't feel limited to what you see there, try to think outside the box about things people in our area would want to learn about in order to live more simply, healthfully, economically, and in more environmentally friendly ways!

TAKE ACTION: Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below and email it to us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Note your idea and give us your pitch for it! Thank You!






Local Living Venture Team
Phone Bank Volunteers * WPBS-TV Fall Pledge Drive, Thursday, Sept 11, 6-11pm

We'll all go down as a group and storm the phone bank lines to take those pledges that keep Public TV alive!  Set for September 11 from 6 to 11 pm (some people can leave earlier.)  It's a 1-1/2 hour drive, so it's a commitment of time, but it's sure to be fun too! 

We need to be able to tell WPBS that "Yes, we have the personnel to fill this time slot" (12+ people needed!) 

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can join us - the station will be recruiting their own volunteers to fill positions we can't, so they need to know. 

Note that snacks are available and there is plenty of time to read, study, or watch the WPBS programming between calls!

Carpools are encouraged and we will arrange rides for those who need it. We will leave Potsdam at 4 pm (not 3 pm as previously stated!) with a stop in Canton/elsewhere enroute to Watertown.  At the end of the evening, one vehicle can leave a little earlier than the rest (some of us old fogies?!) :-) but they said they need at least 7 people to commit through the entire evening - so those people would get home a little after midnight.


The Local Living Venture feels this is a good opportunity for the organization to give back and to publicize our name and message.  Snacks are provided plus you get to watch the shows when you're not on a call, too!  WPBS schedule page - it's Downton Abbey night!

TAKE ACTION: Please copy and fully fill in the Volunteer Sign Up Information below, noting "Phone Bank" - email it to us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Or you can call us at (315) 347-4223 (press the # key if you get the voicemail - it takes you right to leaving a message) or text (plain text, not picture messages please) to (315) 261-1926.
Thanks so much!





Volunteer Sign Up Information
Below is a form to return to us detailing the volunteer position you are interested in!
Many thanks!
Jackie Bartholomew, Education & Outreach Facilitator


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please copy and paste items below into your email,
fill it out and send it to us.

LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

Your Full Name:
Do you use a nickname?:
Email:
School and/or Organization:
Year in School and Course Work:
Snail Mailing Address, including zip code:
Cell Phone (please be sure to bring with you!):
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Event, Project, or Workshop Name (give two choices, if a Workshop):
Event, Project, or Workshop Date(s):
WORKSHOPS ONLY: Please plan to show up one hour prior to the scheduled start time posted on our website, and stay up to one hour past it's completion time.  Thank You!

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Volunteer Sign Up Information
*  please copy and paste the above into your email,
fill it out, and return it to us  *

Send separate forms if more than one person volunteering
(can be in one email, just two separate listings please.
)
LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com


Many thanks!

DAY OF THE EVENT, FOR YOUR USE:  315-261-1926 (text best)


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