Opportunities to Volunteer
As a minimally-staffed, non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the help of volunteers. The organization could accomplish more and do it faster if we had more people pitching in a few hours a month to help out. Here are a sample of the volunteer jobs available.
To volunteer or get more information about these opportunities, Contact Us.
Many Hands Make Light Work
Board of Directors: We have 7 members who serve staggered three-year terms on the Board of Directors. They meet once a month in Palo Alto and may also serve on committees that meet in between to discuss and plan activities. Election is in the Spring, but sometimes people do not finish their terms because of health or moving, so openings occur that are filled by appointment. Let us know if you would be interested to serve.
Computer Work: This is sporadic work for special projects. Must know word processing and/or data entry and/or a page layout program and can be done from the comfort of your home. We need the editing and creation of flyers, brochures, handouts, mailing lists.
Speakers Bureau: Perfect for those with good public speaking skills. Be trained about this organization, serve as an understudy to another Speakers Bureau member, and eventually go out alone and speak to other organizations about the importance of pre-planning.
Workshop Planner: We need someone to plan workshops and seminars, line up presenters and plan activities with a timeline, obtain the sites, determine how to publicize it, and make sure everything runs smoothly within budget.
Office Help: General assistance in filing, updating members’ files, getting out the mail, copying, working as a team with the office manager. Please be aware that our office is not handicapped accessible as it is on the second floor and there is no elevator.
Brochure Distribution: We badly need someone to coordinate distribution of our membership brochures and Speaker’s Bureau handouts. Right now, they are being placed at senior centers, libraries, hospices, and churches on an uncoordinated basis by mail or personally by volunteers. Much more could be done.
Mortuary Committee: Make decisions on mortuaries to include on our approved list by reading their General Price List, their record with the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, and any evaluations of past performance. Personal visits/inspections may be done.