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Volunteers

“I consider myself a writer, as opposed to a Writer. I write for my own pleasure, not so much to publish, which sets me apart from many other volunteers. But I love the company of writers, and the Straw Dog events are stimulating. It’s a great community to be a part of, and I’m glad I have some skills that support it.”

— Macci Schmidt, Science Librarian – University of Massachusetts

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We’re a fledgling organization, run entirely by volunteers. If you’d like to learn first-hand how an organization grows from the ground up, consider volunteering.

If you have an area of expertise you’d like to share, consider volunteering. There are dozens of ways to participate – large and small.

To learn more about our working groups, take look at our endeavors, below. Or contact our  Volunteer Coordinator.

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Program Planning Committee

……..Ellen Meeropol, Chair

A. Event Development

– Develop programming
– Contact speakers
– Find event locations
– Gather and write-up event publicity

…………for newsletter and posters

B.  At Programs

………Mary Ann Scognamiglio

– Set up/Take down
– Staff information table/fee collection
– Maintain/staff storyboard at events
– Organize food/drinks for Salons

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Writers Night Out!

Beth Filson, Chair

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-Distribute publicity
– Arrange featured writer
– Attend the first Tuesday of the month
– Greet and meet the writers
– Select 8 writers to read
– Keep track of the overflow writers
…………for the next WNO

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Membership/Volunteer

…….. Chair needed

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– Send out welcome letters &
…………membership cards
– Remind members of renewal (email)
– Maintain brochures, bookmarks,
…………membership cards
– Plan member-only events
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Publicity/Website Committee

….….Chair needed

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A.  Newsletter 
– Request/ Gather information
– Solicit Member announcements
– Write publicity content as needed
– Organize/design flow of newsletter
– Schedule/send content to website
– Proofread/edit draft
– Make fliers to be distributed

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B.  Media – Macci Schmidt
– Send out information to news outlets
– Follow up to ensure and/or correct publication
– Make fliers for events to distribute at events
– Organize /Distribute posters in local towns

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C. Webmaster – Kathy Dunn
– Maintain and update pages
– Establish and maintain Facebook
– Schedule blogs – Missy Wick, chair
– Manage billing/payments for ads

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Outreach/Fundraising

……..Chair needed

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-Persons with experience in  development from
…………grants to events to  guiding membership and board
…………to become financial supporters
– Develop outreach programming
– Develop fundraising activities

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Share your expertise, develop a new skill –

explore your own connection to writing

and deepen our strength as a social and literary resource:

become a Straw Dog Volunteer!

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For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

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