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Online Orientation for New Living Press Volunteers


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For all prospective Living Press volunteers.

The Living Press is an all volunteer team of highly skilled PR professionals doing pro bono work to help nonprofits increase their visiblity.

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Online Orientation for New Living Press Volunteers

  1. 1. Welcome to The Living Press We suggest you download this presentation for viewing
  2. 2. Volunteer! Join The Living Press, an all volunteer team of highly skilled communications and PR professionals doing pro bono work to help nonprofits increase their visibility.
  3. 3. With The Living Press, you can choose from dozens of new communications, PR and publicity service projects every month at organizations located across the United States.
  4. 4. Projects take place at traditional locations like client work sites as well “at home” using your own computer and phone – and involve meaningful, direct and hands-on activities that allow you to see the value of your work.
  5. 5. The Living Press brings vital volunteer and PR support to a broad range of nonprofit agencies, arts and public service organizations across the United States.
  6. 6. The Living Press focuses on filling volunteer opportunities from organizations striving to provide critical education, environmental, or human services needs.
  7. 7. We make it easy to make a difference – and we can make it easy for you! • Volunteer – An Ongoing program – A one time volunteer opportunity • Get Your Company Involved – Provide an exclusive opportunity to The Living Press • Double Your Impact – Invite others to join The Living Press • Make a Donation
  8. 8. Volunteer Getting Involved is Easy • Complete this orientation • Send in your volunteer profile form (provided in this orientation) • Review volunteer opportunities listed in “Hot Opportunities” email • Choose an opportunity and volunteer!
  9. 9. How it Works Once you have registered by sending in your volunteer profile form, you can view and sign up for any of our listed volunteer opportunities.
  10. 10. Volunteer Opportunities Two Types of Opportunities - Ongoing Volunteer Programs - From 3 months to a year - Short Term Volunteer Opportunities - From one week to 3 months
  11. 11. Volunteer Profile - An opportunity for you to promote yourself - The first step to becoming a Living Press Volunteer “Star” - An important tool that The Living Press uses to match our volunteers' skills and interests with potential project assignments.
  12. 12. Volunteer Profile • All potential Living Press volunteers fill out a Volunteer Profile Form. • This form asks for your contact information, interests and preferences. We would also appreciate a copy of your resume or CV. • Reminder: Completion of the Volunteer Profile form is the first step in the volunteer placement process and does not guarantee an assignment.
  13. 13. Volunteer Profile • Download the Profile Volunteer form by left clicking on the image to the right  – Select “Document Object” , then “Open” – If an error appears, click on “OK” 3 times – Once open, fill in the information – Save the file using the file name: "your last name. your first name“ – Email your saved profile along with a copy of YOUR RESUME, if available, to Welcome to The Living Press! Your Contact Information Name: (Last, First, Middle Initial) Date: (Today’s Date) Address: (Your Mailing Address) Home Phone: Cell Phone: Email Address: Your Personal Data Date of Birth: Gender: (Male or Female) Your Education Information Degrees: (Degree, Institution, Date) 1. 2. 3. Special Training: (Certifications, Awards) 1. 2. 3.
  14. 14. Getting started as a Living Press professional volunteer is easy!
  15. 15. Twice a month, you will receive an email detailing dozens of short term and long term project opportunities for PR and Communications specialists.
  16. 16. Once you have found a project that interests you, contact that opportunity manager to sign up by emailing
  17. 17. If you discover that you cannot do the project after signing up please contact the project manager at The Living Press by emailing Also email your client contact and let them know as well.
  18. 18. Once assigned, a client representative will tell you more about the organization, your publicity, communications, PR or social media duties and put you to work!
  19. 19. The Living Press “Hot Projects” bi- monthly email, website, and Twitter account provides helpful hints and suggested guidelines for how to manage your PR, Communications, and social media tasks. We also love to hear your ideas – don’t be shy! Email your suggestions to us at
  20. 20. It’s that easy! Choose your next project and do it again!
  21. 21. What’s next? Make a donation. The Living Press is a nonprofit organization. We have a small staff managing all of our volunteers. Although the service is free, it costs us money. We hope you have an exceptional experience and hope you will think of us when making your charitable contributions.
  22. 22. Now you’re ready to make a difference as a professional volunteer with The Living Press! If you have further questions or just want a recommendation on what would be the best project for you, email us at TheLivingPress