GPS needs you!
GPS is a nonprofit run by volunteers. We have a lot we do, and a great deal more we would like to do, and we need your help.
We need volunteers at all levels, from long-term projects to donating a few hours to an event. It all helps! If you volunteer 20 hours or more a year you get to be a voting member of GPS and help guide our mission. For 20+ hours you can also become a Card Carrying Geek. If anything below interests you or if you have any other ideas about what you could do for GPS, please contact us at volunteers @ geekpartnership.org.
Submit your volunteer hours
Already a volunteer? Please submit your hours here on this Google form. It can also be reached at tinyurl.com/GPSVolHours. We need to track how much work goes into our organization for grant-writing purposes. Thanks for giving us this much-needed data!
Short term needs
- Donations: sort, evaluate, and handle data entry for donations throughout the year. We also need a sub team dedicated to corporate solicitations.
- Logistics: Help stage auction items and gear, get it moved into and out of auctions at conventions.
- Auction Staff: Set up/Tear down of the auction space and items. Room monitors who answer questions at auction, make sure bidders are registered, audit bid sheets for invalid bids,
- Administration: Social media and web site updates, donation letters,
Communication boosters to like, share, and hashtag our online content.
Event coordinators for things that only happen once a year, such as someone to manage our annual picnic or ice cream social, our Art-A-Whirl presence in May, hosting specific party rooms at local conventions, our presence at Pride, and the Pirate Cruise.
Writing contest judges to evaluate our writing contest entries in early June, with winners to be announced at CONvergence in July.
Long term needs
Administrator to support the Board of Directors will attend monthly Board meetings and help Board members stay on track to achieve action items.
Arts Initiative Coordinator The GPS Arts Initiative has a gallery show program, runs the GPS presence at the annual spring Art A Whirl art crawl, runs a monthly Figure Drawing Salon, and has a club Creative Night the Group. Responsible to book the monthly model, coordinate GPS at Art A Whirl, and help promote club meetups and any classes (e.g. Art as Mediation). Currently the gallery program is in mothballs, so they would work to to book artists to exhibit in our gallery space and develop events and programs to support the exploration and creation of art.
Board members At a minimum there are 2 Director positions up for election every year for 3 year terms. Responsibilities include project management, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, developing and maintaining community partner relationships, and representing our organization at local events. Check out our Board Elections page for a description and expectations for our board members. We could also use admins for the board.
Clubs Division Head(s) Need a team to help support existing clubs (space requests, managing social media, events support), and keep an eye out for clubs to create or add. It’s all about enabling the squee.
Geek Physique Coordinator Brainstorm ideas and follow up on offers and ideas for events/series falling under this club’s umbrella. In the past, this has meant helping to schedule archery, skiing, historical dancing, belly dancing, and other activities at both Event Horizon and off site. This position also helps coordinate online presence on Facebook and Meetup.com to help with event promotion.
Club event organizers Do you have a thing you want to do, but the club you are in isn’t currently doing it? Consider becoming an event organizer. For example, say you want to do a gaming event on a different day/location, or run a class on how to crochet a coral reef, or you want to start up a walking group – if you became and event organizer for the club you are in you could do it and get the support of promotions on Facebook/Meetup events, the newsletter etc.
Communication team members to help us manage our online content for both our website and social media, which includes Facebook, Instagram, MeetUp and Twitter, and figure out when and how to adopt new platforms.
Merchandise coordinator to manage our inventory, find volunteers to sell it at events, and develop an online store.
Online sales coordinator is needed to manage sales of special items. We are ramping up our eBay store (Geek Partner Shoppe) and looking at selling off things locally via Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
Partnership team members to find and build partner relationships, both established and new, with community organizations and local businesses.
Publication team members to help us update and maintain our brochures, posters, flyers and other print collateral.
Volunteers team members to help us recruit, train, retain, and schedule volunteers for both short and long term needs.