December 15, 2014

Help Us Help You: Austin-area service opportunities wanted for the 15NTC

Help me help you

Giving back to the local community that physically hosts the NTEN Community through NTC Days of Service expresses a guiding value of the annual event. Throughout the 15NTC, there will be volunteer opportunities to engage and share the community’s skills with Austin, TX area nonprofits. This year, we’ve expanded the Days of Service program at the 15NTC to include virtual volunteering opportunities that engage NTC attendees ahead of the conference, in addition to providing on-the-ground volunteer opportunities in Austin.

Are you an Austin-based organization that could use some help either in person between March 3-6, 2015 or virtually in advance of the conference? We would love to hear from you! Please add your organization’s volunteer opportunity to our Days of Service Project. All you need to do is the following:

  • Create an account – be sure to register as a nonprofit looking for volunteers
  • Suggest an opportunity – use the ‘Add a Project’ form to share your organization’s volunteer opportunity with the NTC Community

Please note that you can post multiple opportunities from the same organization. Kindly include a link with the project suggestion and include contact information for the person leading the volunteer opportunity. That will help us and attendees better connect with you.

In order to make these opportunities the most rewarding possible for both the organization and the 15NTC attendees, we ask that projects consider the following guidelines:

  • The volunteer time commitment between March 3-6 needs to be limited to no more than 2 hours per day and must be suitable for groups of 2 or more
  • In-person volunteer opportunities must be easily accessible from the Austin Conference Center on foot, public transit, or using a transport mode that the organization can provide to/from the Convention Center
  • Virtual opportunities are also welcome with specifics on how volunteers will connect with the org (e.g., Skype, Google Hangout, listserv)
  • Virtual opportunities can begin ahead of the conference

If you’re a 15NTC attendee looking to volunteer while in Austin, you can sign up for an opportunity here.

Many thanks to VolunteerMatch for sponsoring the Days of Service event.

Steph Routh
Steph is Content Manager at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. She has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on organizational development, communications, fundraising, and program planning. Steph served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks for five years prior to joining NTEN. She is passionate about removing barriers to opportunities and finding equity at the many intersections of social justice work. And she feels lucky every day she is at NTEN, with a Community that does exactly that. Outside the NTEN office, Steph is the Mayor of Hopscotch Town, a consulting and small publishing firm that inspires and celebrates fun, lovable places for everyone. Steph is married to her bicycle and an aunt of two.