There are many exciting volunteer opportunities
within the Sierra Club's River Prairie Group. These volunteer
opportunities offer participants exciting challenges, introduces
them to new adventures, and gives participants the feeling that
they are accomplishing something important and worthwhile. These
volunteer opportunities require as little as one hour time commitment
a month to numerous hours a week. Each volunteer determines his
or her time commitment. What follows is a brief description of
some of the many volunteer opportunities within the Sierra Club's
River Prairie Group. If you're interested in participating or
learning more, please see the form at the end of the page.
1. Welcome Wagon Hosts. These volunteers
direct inquiries from callers to the appropriate chairpersons
for more information. Most of the calls are generated from the
group's hotline number. Volunteers take these calls at home and
direct the callers. A detailed manual has been developed for the
RPG Welcome Wagon Hosts. This is an excellent at home volunteer
activity that probably requires a few hours each month.
2. Membership Chair and Membership Coordinators. The
Membership Chair keeps the records on a computerized system of our 2800 members.
When the chair receives an inquiry from a potential Sierra Club member, he
or she mails the interested party a package of membership materials. The chair
also helps with the coordination of the membership coordinators. Membership
coordinators distribute flyers advertising group meetings and functions on
bulletin boards of libraries and other public places in their communities.
The Membership Chair requires a few hours each week, and the Membership Coordinators
require a few hours each month.
3. Publicity Coordinators. These volunteers
send out letters to local newspapers advertising group meetings
and other activities. This activity can been conducted right at
home. The volunteer never has to even attend one meeting. A typewriter
or a computer with a word processor would be most helpful. This
activity would require a few hours each month.
4. Fund Raising Committee Members. These
volunteers help with fund raising activities to raise money for
the group. All ideas on how to raise money for our group are welcomed.
A member who enjoys being creative and enjoys seeing his/her ideas
developed into programs that generate revenue for the group would
greatly enjoy this committee work. This activity could involve
as little as a fixed number of hours once a year to a fixed number
of hours each month. Each volunteer would determine his or her
level of involvement.
5. River Monitoring Collectors and Testers.
These volunteers will participate in one of Chicagoland's oldest and most
diverse grassroots river testing projects. The project is run by two
groups of volunteers working together: collectors retrieve water samples
from Salt Creek and the DuPage Rivers (east and west branches) and then
testers analyze them using titration and a spectrophotometer. For more
information or to join, click here River
6. Program Committee Members. These volunteers will
help with finding speakers for our group general meetings. The Sierra Club's
River Prairie Group generally has four meetings each year that require a guest
speaker. Committee members would conduct a search to secure good speakers.
7. Outings Leaders and Assistant Leaders. These volunteers
will help learn how to lead hikes and other outing events. This is an excellent
way to bring volunteers to the great outdoors and follow the example of our
founder, John Muir, in developing a great love and appreciation for our environment.
The time commitment would depend on the number of outings the volunteer would
want to do each year. For more information on becoming an outings leader,
please contact the Outings Chair.
8. Sierra Club Festival Coordinators. These volunteers
will help run and set up Sierra Club booths at one of the county fairs. Volunteers
could do just one or numerous county fairs each year. We already have the
tables, chairs, flyers, and literature. All we need are the coordinators to
pick a county fair, set up the tables and chairs, arrange for some volunteers
to join the coordinator, and distribute the Sierra Club literature.
9. Cool Cities Volunteers
10. Phone Tree Members. These volunteers will learn
about environmental legislation and make phone calls to their elected reps.
The Sierra Club's River Prairie Group phone tree is called The
Bluestem Network and deals with state and federal issues. The time commitment is less than one hour a month or
less and can be done entirely at home.
11. Volunteer Lobbyists. These volunteers will learn how to make a home district lobby visit to their Illinois State Representative, Illinois State Senator, U.S. Congressperson, and/or local DuPage County Government Officials.
Volunteers will be provided
with training and placed on a team with an experienced Sierra Club lobbyist.
This activity is the classic example of activist citizens practicing democracy
in action. Our U. S. Constitution in the Bill of Rights guarantees all citizens
this basic fundamental right to lobby our elected representatives. The time
commitment would be a fixed number of hours once a year prior to an actual
12. Newsletter Editors. The Sierra Club's River Prairie
Group is considering expanding the number of times our group newsletter will
be distributed. With this increase production cycle, additional editors will
be needed to help layout and organize our group newsletter. This activity
would be excellent for volunteers who are creative and have some prior newsletter
experience (or are willing to learn). Access to a computer would be required.
13. Group Treasurer. A volunteer who has had experience
with handling volunteer group's funds and/or been a treasurer of a church
or other volunteer organization would welcome the challenge being offered
by the River Prairie Group.
If you are interested in learning more about one of the above
volunteer opportunities and/or wish to participate now, please fill out the
coupon below and mail it to Joseph Pokorny, 1627 Buckingham Avenue, Westchester,
Illinois 60154-4224. Please mark the areas of interest you have, and the appropriate
activist will contact you.