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We are thrilled that you are interested in helping further our mission! Please click on each of the following volunteer positions to learn more about which one might fit your interests and goals:
 

PROJECT SHOPPERS

Purpose: to identify and/or acquire project materials, online or in stores, for specific projects.
 
Duties & Responsibilities: attend initial meeting between participants and project mentors (if possible/desired); shop for project materials at stores or online; select items that best suit the overall vision of the participants; make thoughtful decisions about when to prioritize cost and quality; request discounts ahead of time; print coupons.
 
Time requirements: 1+ hour per week.
 
Skills and Qualifications: 17+ years of age, valid driver’s license; access to a computer; comfortable researching stores, products and deals online.
 
Desired Qualities: self-starter; confident making decisions independently; familiar with a variety of stores and their products and specialties; interested in following participants’ unique vision for their projects; excellent listener and communicator; completely trustworthy in dealing with money.
 
Orientation & Training: phone and in-person conversations; reference check; 1-hour orientation; shadowing Executive Director or Regional Director at 2+ meetings with participants.
 

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS

Purpose: to connect us with 1) community organizations our participants’ projects can serve and/or 2) local business partners for sponsorships, discounts, in-kind support or employee volunteers.
 
Duties & Responsibilities: may include phone calls, emails, online research or in-person meetings; communicate regularly with ED, RD and/or Project Mentors.
 
Time requirements: 1+ hour per week.
 
Skills and Qualifications: desire to learn more about local organizations and businesses; 21+ years of age; strong communication skills; valid driver’s license; access to a computer; comfortable researching organizations and businesses online.
 
Desired Qualities: self-starter; comfortable talking to new people; respectful and friendly in dealing with all types of people and organizations; interested in following participants’ unique vision for their projects; excellent listener and communicator.
 
Orientation & Training: phone and in-person conversations; reference check; 1-hour orientation; shadowing Executive Director or Regional Director at 2+ meetings with participants.
 

PROJECT MENTORS

Purpose: to work directly with participants to guide them through carrying out their projects from start to finish.
 
Duties & Responsibilities: coordinate with schools, after-school programs, service sites and families to meet and work with participants on their projects; communicate regularly with AP staff; acquire materials and connect with community partners (may include collaborating with Project Shopper and Community Connector volunteers); provide a fun, relaxed environment that keeps the participants excited and in the leadership role.
 
Time requirements: 1-2 hours per week for 3 months or duration of project.
 
Skills and Qualifications: 21+ years of age; must have valid driver’s license; reference checks; background/CORI/SORI checks.
 
Desired Qualities: likes to work with and empower children; some experience interacting with children; patient; organized; excellent listener and communicator; fun, friendly, enthusiastic and positive; treats children and adults with respect (e.g., does not “talk down” to children); flexible; can accept imperfection, delays, changes and definitions of “success” from the participants’ perspectives; strives to meet participants where they’re at individually and does not expect the same outcomes from every child; values each participant and his/her unique ideas, personality and interests; pays attention to what excites and motivates the grantees.
 
Orientation & Training: phone and in-person conversations; reference check; 1-hour orientation; shadowing Executive Director or Regional Director for several meetings with participants and several project events.
 

AP AMBASSADORS (Past Participants only)

Purpose: to raise awareness about Aaron’s Presents through presentations and recruitment or fundraising events.
 
Duties & Responsibilities: speak about their completed project and overall experience with AP, and interact with other adults and kids in a way that positively reflects the values and mission of Aaron’s Presents.
 
Time requirements: 1-3 hours per event.
 
Skills and Qualifications: previous participant, including those beyond 8th grade; willingness to speak to small or large groups.
 
Orientation & Training: depends on event or venue he or she will be speaking at, and the purpose of the engagement.
 

OTHER VOLUNTEER NEEDS

We would always welcome support in the following areas as well:
–Administrative (database, mailings, organization)
–Communications
–Graphic Design of marketing materials
–Social Media
–Website & SEO
 

Please note that most of our current work is in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore regions.
 
If you are interested in any of these positions, please fill out our brief application. We will get back to you very quickly to set up a time to talk and answer any questions you have. As always, please feel free to contact us directly by email or (978) 809-5487! We look forward to hearing from you!