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RePost – You Could Be the Next Educational Program Assistant for the Women’s Center

When I looked back at my posts, for 2010, this post about the Women’s Center was the least viewed.  Therefore, I would like to repost it now in order to bring more attention to the great work of the Women’s Center in Vienna Virginia and their needs for volunteers.

 

In order to leave northern Virginia and volunteer all over the country, I first have to give up my commitments here.  One of those commitments is as a volunteer for the Women’s Center in Vienna, VA.  I have volunteered for them as an Educational Program Assistant for a few months now and have really enjoyed the position.  It is the perfect volunteer role for someone that enjoys learning new things and having an independent volunteer role.  This could be you!

ABOUT THE POSITION

As an Educational Program Assistant, I would arrive 30 minutes before the training to prepare the room, welcome the presenter, and register attendees.  The Women’s Center offers regular trainings on many different topics from resume building to preparing for a divorce.  The trainings are held in theevenings or on weekends in a few different locations around northern Virginia (particularly in Vienna, Manassas, McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, and Sterling).  Most are 2-3 hours, so the volunteer commitment is 3-4 hours.

HOW TO APPLY

Online Volunteer Connection logoI found this volunteer opportunity through Volunteer Arlington’s Online Volunteer Connection (OVC) and contacted the Volunteer Coordinator using the OVC.  Check out the listing.   She then sent me an application and asked me to return it with a resume.  I met with her for a short interview and then reviewed the list of upcoming classes to see which ones were a good match for my schedule.

MY EXPERIENCE AT THE WOMEN’S CENTER

I enjoyed this experience because it was a chance for me to learn about a long-standing successful non-profit as well as attend classes for free.  I chose to volunteer for classes that interested me, such as Beating the Sugar Blues and Successful Resume Essentials.  These are classes I would not have taken otherwise, but I always learned something new.  The class participants were very engaged in the topics and the small intimate classroom setting allowed for a lot of discussion.

Two challenges I experienced were traffic and turnover.  The Women’s Center building in Vienna is located right in the heart of Vienna, which can be a nightmare during rush hour.  The best work around was when it was warmer out I biked to the training using the WO&D trail which runs 1 block away from the center.  The second challenge was that soon after I started volunteering, the Volunteer Coordinator position changed hands.  Since I volunteer after hours, I have never had a chance to meet the new volunteer coordinator.  The transition was smooth in terms of getting the support that I needed (they prepare a folder ahead of time for you), but I feel a bit disconnected.

Check out a previous blog post, Lifelong Learner: A Volunteer Vocation, from September 2010 about volunteering at the Women’s Center.

 

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You Could Be the New Me! (as a Volunteer Program Specialist at Volunteer Arlington)

As you know if you read this blog, I will be taking a “career break” starting in February to travel the U.S. and Canada volunteering and exploring (and of course writing about it here).  My last day of work at my current position is set for Friday, January 21, 2011.

Today, my position was posted on the Arlington County jobs page.  There will be a 2 week recruitment period, unfortunately it is taking place right during the holidays, closing on December 30th.  With this challenge in mind, I want to make sure the position gets publicized as widely as possible.

My experience with this position

This is a unique position, working within a volunteer center that is within local government.  Arlington County Government is a great place to work, with lots of benefits (lunch time fitness classes, great health & dental, discounts on County facilities & programs, etc).  Although Arlington County Government (ACG) is a large organization, Volunteer Arlington is small, with only three full time staff.  This allowed me to work on a variety of different projects and be a project lead even as a specialist.  Also, being part of a department and a larger County structure can offer opportunities to work on big picture projects.  There is a lot of support for learning and developing relationships with community partners.  In addition, for the last two years, Volunteer Arlington has been very involved in using Social Media for recruiting volunteers.  Managing the social media presence for Volunteer Arlington will be one of the responsibilities of the position.

The position description and how to apply

Volunteer Program Specialist

Volunteer ArlingtonThis is a highly responsible position with Volunteer Arlington in the Community Assistance Bureau of the Department of Human Services. Volunteer Arlington plans, designs, and implements programs to increase the involvement of Arlington residents as volunteers in the county government and with non-profit agencies to meet community needs, deliver creative solutions to community problems, and enrich lives.
This position is specifically responsible for overseeing Arlington County’s nationally recognized Community Volunteer Network and serving as county liaison to the program. Volunteer Arlington operates an on-line volunteer clearinghouse and promotes volunteerism by providing matching and referral services to non-profit and community agencies seeking volunteers.
Please visit http://agency.governmentjobs.com/arlington/default.cfm and select the open position title(s) for complete Description, Benefits, & Supplemental Questions.
Online Application Required.

Looking for my replacement: Educational Program Assistant

Women's Center LogoIn order to leave northern Virginia and volunteer all over the country, I first have to give up my commitments here.  One of those commitments is as a volunteer for the Women’s Center in Vienna, VA.  I have volunteered for them as an Educational Program Assistant for a few months now and have really enjoyed the position.  It is the perfect volunteer role for someone that enjoys learning new things and having an independent volunteer role.  This could be you!

About the position

As an Educational Program Assistant, I would arrive 30 minutes before the training to prepare the room, welcome the presenter, and register attendees.  The Women’s Center offers regular trainings on many different topics from resume building to preparing for a divorce.  The trainings are held in the evenings or on weekends in a few different locations around northern Virginia (particularly in Vienna, Manassas, McLean, Arlington, Fairfax, and Sterling).  Most are 2-3 hours, so the volunteer commitment is 3-4 hours.

How to Apply

Online Volunteer Connection logoI found this volunteer opportunity through Volunteer Arlington’s Online Volunteer Connection (OVC) and contacted the Volunteer Coordinator using the OVC.  Check out the listing.   She then sent me an application and asked me to return it with a resume.  I met with her for a short interview and then reviewed the list of upcoming classes to see which ones were a good match for my schedule.

My Experience at the Women’s Center

I enjoyed this experience because it was a chance for me to learn about a long-standing successful non-profit as well as attend classes for free.  I chose to volunteer for classes that interested me, such as Beating the Sugar Blues and Successful Resume Essentials.  These are classes I would not have taken otherwise, but I always learned something new.  The class participants were very engaged in the topics and the small intimate classroom setting allowed for a lot of discussion.

Two challenges I experienced were traffic and turnover.  The Women’s Center building in Vienna is located right in the heart of Vienna, which can be a nightmare during rush hour.  The best work around was when it was warmer out I biked to the training using the WO&D trail which runs 1 block away from the center.  The second challenge was that soon after I started volunteering, the Volunteer Coordinator position changed hands.  Since I volunteer after hours, I have never had a chance to meet the new volunteer coordinator.  The transition was smooth in terms of getting the support that I needed (they prepare a folder ahead of time for you), but I feel a bit disconnected.

Check out a previous blog post, Lifelong Learner: A Volunteer Vocation, from September 2010 about volunteering at the Women’s Center.