Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization, and we are always looking for people who have a vested interest in our cause to join us. Whatever your expertise, there is a way you can help.
Steady Strides committee
Be part of the group to put on our biggest even of the year. A break-down of individual volunteer needs can be found here.
The Program Committee plans and executes PSW’s educational programs. These currently include Spring Forum, PD EDU Library Education Series, P2P (Person to Person program) and Caregiver Day. Committee members focus on work in area(s) of their greatest interest. The Program Committee's work includes:
- Monthly planning meetings and email communication in between
- Selecting event topics and plan event programs
- Evaluating existing programs and considering new programs to best serve the educational needs of the PD community
- Taking responsibility for aspects of event planning and execution such as:
- Researching potential event topics
- Finding/selecting speakers and handling arrangements
- Venue selection and logistics (food, set-up, etc.)
- Securing financial support: grants, event sponsors, event exhibitors
- Creating promotional posters, save-the-date cards, etc.
- Coordinating communication on a discussion topic, taking and summarizing meeting minutes, etc.
Database Support & Maintenance
The PSW database contains contact information for households and notes PSW services those households utilize. The database tracks financial information such as registrations for events and contributions. The database connects PSW with those who use services and provide financial support that enables those services. Keeping the database current is essential to the functioning of the organization, and volunteer support is required. Skills needed and the time commitment are as follows:
- Basic familiarity and comfort using a computer (typing, transferring information from input forms to the database software)
- Training is provided and the volunteer has access to written procedures for using the database software.
- The work is done at the PSW office in the Neuroscience Department at the University of Cincinnati, located in the Stetson Building at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Highland Avenue in Clifton. Garage parking is provided free of charge.
- A commitment of several hours weekly or bi-weekly is needed. There is much flexibility in arranging work time when supervision is available and at times that accommodate needs of the volunteer.
Website Quality and Content Management
A key measure of the quality of the PSW website is that it is current and information is easy to get to and understand. Volunteer help is needed to make the day-to-day edits that keep the website current. As interest and skills increase with training and time, volunteer(s) will handle more complex work in website design and maintenance. Volunteer support is needed at the basic level only, if this is the volunteer’s interest. Getting into more complexity is optional.
- Training will be provided by Kate Stark, past PSW Executive Director, and person who designed and built the current website on Squarespace. Training time would be at the convenience and availability of Kate and the volunteer.
- Updating/maintaining the website can be done from home. Communication on work and timing for its completion would come through the PSW Executive Director, Chris Gaffney, or his designates.
Newsletter Composition & Editing
PSW publishes two newsletters each year. Timing is early April ahead of the Spring Forum and July/August following Steady Strides. We are seeking a person who would be the Editor working with the Executive Director to plan the content. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite would be an asset. However, willingness to learn to use the software, which facilitates the composing and layout process, is enough to get started. Training support and support of the person currently doing the work would be provided. The Editors' work would include:
- Creating a timeline for publishing an edition of the newsletter
- Working with those who contribute articles to edit and finalize
- Assembling the newsletter for printing
- Making arrangements with the printer
- Working with the office to create the mailing list
Volunteer Recruitment & Coordination
Securing and sustaining the support of volunteers is critical to the organization’s capability to function effectively and expand services to our Parkinson community. Volunteers extend the capability of PSW staff, Executive Director and Office Manager. We are looking for a person who would work with the Executive Director to continually assess needs and recruit people with the skills and interest to fill volunteer positions, such as all the positions listed above.