Volunteering at the national level is not location specific. Most of our volunteer work is done via regularly scheduled teleconference calls and online in Facebook and Google Drive.
For more information, and to sign up, click here.
This sign up page is for volunteering at the national level. If you were looking for our local chapters (communities), please click here instead. (You can do both, but will need to sign up separately)
Below are brief descriptions of all of our opportunities (called work groups). Please note that some work groups are not currently accepting new volunteers.
If you do not see your preferred group listed as accepting volunteers, please pick one of the available groups and ask to be on a waiting list for your preferred group.
WORK GROUPS ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS:
- Campaigns and Actions/Community Outreach (combined groups)
- Strategy and Implementation
- Internet Infrastructure (video editing and graphic design only)
- Volunteer Coordination
- Board Development will be accepting volunteers in February
The purpose of this group is to grow our movement by developing our volunteer strength and promote involvement at the national level. This group is responsible for following up with volunteer sign ups, recruiting, vetting (if applicable), placement, retention, training and support of volunteers of the CP that work at the national level. If you like talking to people and providing customer service for our volunteers, this is the group for you. This group does not have monthly calls, but you will be working one on one with the Volunteer Coordinator on one of these projects*:
- Google Drive Trainer: update training documents and assist new volunteers with training.
- Maestro Trainer: Learn how to use the Maestro Conference system and be available to train others as needed.
- Help with Volunteer Orientation Calls with the goal of eventually running at least 1 or 2 of the monthly calls. This position requires that you also participate in one other work group to develop an understanding of how the Coffee Party works for at least 2 months before leading your own calls.
*This group requires that you continually participate in one other work group to develop an understanding of how the Coffee Party works.
Community Outreach and Engagement Work Group (currently combined with Campaigns and Actions)
Builds and supports community chapters in their local actions through mentoring, training, promoting affiliation and connecting the chapters to the national work groups and Board of Directors for organized Coffee Party Events. They are also responsible for managing and moderating the Facebook Page for Community Organizers and for building our base of local chapters. This group is perfect for anyone that wants to support the grassroots movement at the national level by providing the much needed support for the community chapters. This group is currently combined with Campaigns and Actions and meets via conference call on the first and 3rd Weds of the month at 9 pm Eastern. They also communicate throughout the week via a dedicated Facebook Page.
Campaigns and Actions Work Group
This is an action and event oriented work group. The focus of this work group is to develop and implement actions and/or events that engage and encourage our membership and chapters to become active participants in the political process. This can include assisting with work with local chapters and other organizations, but will focus on national campaigns and actions and encourage member involvement. If you are an organizer, can help implement large and small actions, and like to make a difference at the national level, this is the group for you. This group is currently working in conjunction with Community Outreach above and meets via conference calls on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9 PM ET and communicates throughout the week via a dedicated Facebook Page.
Partnerships Work Group
To identify, reach out to and promote alliances and partnerships that strengthen the Coffee Party message by research and locating groups, actions and campaigns that align with the Coffee Party Brand and to reach out for the purpose of collaboration and mutual support. Do you have experience with other organizations that align with the Coffee Party? Are you interested in helping form alliances? This group meets Saturdays via teleconference at 1 PM ET.
Public and Supporter Relations
Combines efforts of communicating about Coffee Party to the outside world and communications to our members and supporters within the Coffee Party. This group has two roles and is perfect for some of our best communicators:
Supporter Communications - communicate with, and receive feedback from, members and supporters about campaigns, initiatives, collaborations, national organizational developments, volunteers and local actions. This group also publishes the member newsletter.
Public Relations - to draw interest and therefore donations into the Coffee Party through press releases, maintaining branding, and developing a liaison with Media.
Newsroom Work Group
Provides ongoing news content to our members and supporters through social media including Facebook, Twitter, Scoopit, blogging and more. Responsible for moderating our Facebook page and managing our shows on Blog Talk Radio. Newsroom is currently seeking a volunteer to help organize the monthly newsletter. If you love journalism, fact-checking and bringing awareness to the issues, this is the group to join. This group meets via conference call the third Weds of the month at 7 PM ET and throughout the week via a dedicated Facebook page.
Facebook Moderation Team
This group is responsible for moderating our Join The Coffee Party Movement Facebook Page in order to provide a safe place for our fans to discuss issues. Some positions require membership, but we can use both members and non members. This group is nested in our Newsroom Work Group. We ask that volunteers in this work group actively participate in another work group (s) for at least 1 month before requesting this group and be a dues paying member.
Development/Fundraising Work Group
The Coffee Party runs on volunteer power, but we need funds to finance campaigns, support our community chapter activities, keep our social media resources up to date and maintain our website and database. This group researches and develops avenues for funding for the Coffee Party through grant writing, fundraising, e-commerce, membership drives and other creative opportunities. If you have ideas or experience in this area, we would love you to join this group.
Internet Infrastructure Work Group
Develops maintains and supports communication pathways and websites and maintain effective Internet and Social Media Infrastructure tools. Handles technical requests from end-users having to do with infrastructure use (such as our apps, forms, membership information changes, web site problems, email. Handles requests from staff and volunteer users as well as members. IT experience or talented IT hobbyists only. If you have IT experience, we can use your expertise.
This group is accepting volunteers for graphic design and video editing only. All other work requires that volunteers in this work group actively participate in another group(s) for at least 2 months before requesting this group
Strategy and Implementation Work Group
Develop strategic plans for the Coffee Party which should function as both a nonprofit organization and an effective, nimble grassroots movement . Review, update and maintain a strong, efficient operation structure. This group maintains and updates all organizational design and strategic planning. This group focuses on the What, Where and How of the organization. Strategic thinkers, project managers and organizers are needed here. This group is also currently looking for volunteers to research and write position/white papers for the Coffee Party. This group meets via teleconference on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. ET.
Board Development Work Group
This group contributes to recruiting new board candidates, sets up and carries out the board elections, reviews the election process and makes recommendation of any necessary changes. This work group is also responsible for planning the annual Board Retreat and training. Do you have experience in Nonprofit Board Development? We’d love to hear from you. This group meets via conference calls Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET. (some assignments in this work group require membership status)
Accounting/Legal Work Group
Supports the Treasurer, the Board and the non-profit organizational structure by being responsible for all accounting, tax and legal compliance and reporting procedures including but not limited to budget planning, and compliance with taxes, 501c and copyright. If you have either an accounting and/or legal background, please ask to join this group.
This group is responsible for maintaining membership records and provides customer service and problem solving for members and supporters. Also works with other workgroups to promote membership drives to bring in more members to the Coffee Party. If you are good at customer service and can work well with online databases, this is will be a perfect fit.
To find out about the qualifications to be a Coffee Party USA Board Member, you may view here.
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