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Volunteer with Us!

Serve your local community, earn volunteer hours, and learn valuable skills along the way. Anyone interested is welcome to apply below and attend one of our weekly meetings to see what Gainesville Thrives is about.​ Students, community members, and alumni are welcome!

Not sure where you'd fit in? Fill out the application and we'll try to find a spot for you.

 

Current Term: Fall 2021 一 May 2022

Volunteers should be able to attend a weekly meeting via zoom or in person, as conditions permit.

Social Media Coordinator

Videographer

Grant Writer

Volunteer Coordinator

Office Manager

Graphic Designer

Associate Webmaster

Archivist

Development

Business and Community Outreach

 
 

Social Media Intern

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Social Media Intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff and board members with graphics, photos, videos, and text for all social media and content platforms.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Regular posts to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  

  • Help plan and promote events 

  • Market volunteering and donations through social media campaigns

  • Update other recruitment sites

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Fluent or comfortable learning Wix online website builder 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects 

Graphic Design Intern

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Graphic Design Intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff and board members with graphics and other creative materials.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Create promotional materials and documents that include graphics for events 

  • Create materials to promote mentoring  

  • Prepare graphics for the website and social media platforms 

  • Prepare brochures and graphic design for newsletters 

  • Create PowerPoint Presentations  

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong visual skills 

  • Fluent or willing to learn Wix online website builder 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite 

  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite or other computer graphics systems 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects 

Videographer

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Videographer will work closely with the Graphic Design and Social Media interns to create promotional graphics and other creative materials.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Take photos and videos for promotional materials

  • Work directly with other team members

  • Plan graphics for the website and social media platforms 

  • Create usable material for brochures and  newsletters 

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong visual skills

  • Creativity and an eye for photography

  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite or other computer graphics systems 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects, as well as communicating with others.

Associate Webmaster

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Associate Webmaster will assist the Webmaster in maintaining the Gainesville Thrives website and other management tools, such as the Google Workspace.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Regular maintenance of the website, making updates as needed.

  • Work with other interns to create materials that aid in promotion and recruitment on the website.

  • Coordinate with treasurer regarding donations to the website.

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Fluent or willing to learn Wix online website builder 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects 

Grant Writer

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Grant Writing Intern will generate copy material and fill out grant application to assist the organization in gathering funding.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Research potential new sources of funding 

  • Begin preparation for composing grant proposals and letters of intent (LOIs) 

  • Create and edit materials to help solicit support from congregations

  • Create and maintain relations with donors  

  • Conduct research and analysis on prospective and existing individual, foundation and corporate partners 

  • Draft and/or edit business development materials such as correspondence, reports, proposals and donor appeals 

  • Assist with strategies for donor cultivation and solicitation 

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Ability to write well  

  • Interest in grant writing and donor relations  

  • Access to a reliable source of internet and a reliable computer 

  • While most work can be done off site, the intern will also meet weekly with the Gainesville Thrives volunteer team  

Archivist

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Archivist Intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff and board members by compiling information for a written history of Gainesville Thrives. This will facilitate the preparation for future grant writing.

This position is geared towards those who have a love for research, library science, history writing, or writing in the social sciences.  

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Compiling information for a written history of Gainesville Thrives 

  • Interviewing Gainesville citizens that have been involved in providing social services 

  • Updating the organization’s historical records  

  • Organizing a plan to train the next archivist 

  • Optimizing the filing system 

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Ability to write well  

  • Ability to communicate effectively in interviews 

  • Interest in organizing material for historical record-keeping  

  • Access to a reliable source of internet and a reliable computer  

Volunteer Coordinator

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff and board members with promoting mentoring and tutoring programs and services in Alachua County.   

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Interface with local congregations, fraternities and sororities, and community groups 

  • Recruit volunteers for literacy and mentoring efforts 

  • Disseminate information about tutoring and mentoring opportunities  

  • Aid volunteers with the application process to work through the school district or other volunteer opportunities in Gainesville 

  • Keep track of openings to volunteer 

  • Represent organization at community events 

  • Attend weekly meetings of the volunteer team  

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects 

  • Public relations or marketing experience is welcome 

Development

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Development Intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff and board members by maintaining grant and donor relations as well as researching and cultivating new relations for potential donations.

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Research potential new sources of funding 

  • Begin preparation for composing grant proposals and letters of intent (LOIs) 

  • Create and edit materials to help solicit support from congregations 

  • Create and maintain relations with donors  

  • Conduct research and analysis on prospective and existing individual, foundation and corporate partners 

  • Draft and/or edit business development materials such as correspondence, reports, proposals and donor appeals 

  • Assist with strategies for donor cultivation and solicitation 

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Ability to write well  

  • Interest in grant writing and donor relations  

  • Access to a reliable source of internet and a reliable computer 

  • While most work can be done off site, the intern will also meet weekly with the Gainesville Thrives volunteer team  

Office Manager

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Office Manager Intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff and board members with promoting mentoring and tutoring programs and services in Alachua County by performing clerical duties that include managing paperwork, organizing files, working with the Archivist intern to catalog documents.  

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Create promotional materials and documents that include graphics for events 

  • Create materials to promote mentoring  

  • Prepare graphics for the website and social media platforms 

  • Prepare brochures and graphic design for newsletters 

  • Create PowerPoint Presentations  

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong visual skills 

  • Fluent or willing to learn Wix online website builder 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite 

  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite or other computer graphics systems 

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects 

Business and Community Outreach

5-10 Hours Weekly • Student or Community Member

The Business and Community Outreach intern will assist Gainesville Thrives’ volunteer group, staff, and board members with fundraising by networking with local businesses and other community organizations. 

The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Organizing fundraising initiatives within the Gainesville community

  • Cold calling local businesses

  • Helping to foster links between Gainesville Thrives and local Gainesville community organizations and businesses

  • Potentially reaching out to on-campus organizations for fundraising initiatives

  • Assisting the Development Intern

 

Personal Qualities and Skills Required

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite 

  • Strong organizational skills  

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects 

  • Public relations or marketing experience is welcome