The Newspaper of the San Francisco Bay Chapter
MAY - JUNE 2004
Regardless of your Sierra Club or related experience (or lack thereof), have we got a job for you! Volunteer opportunities abound, from helping lead outdoor adventures (big and small) to lobbying on important local environmental issues, to lending a hand at our Chapter Office. You decide - it all depends on your interests and how much time you can spare from your busy life. You need no special expertise to get started - only a genuine interest in getting involved. For ideas, check the examples below. For more opportunities (many more!), call Chapter conservation manager Jonna Papaefthimiou at (510) 848-0800, ext. 312, or: email@example.com
Election helpThis November's elections could be the most important ever for the environment! Help elect candidates who will care for the earth. The Sierra Club offers volunteer opportunities at all levels of involvement - and a special training series for you to improve your election skills.
Wilderness Act anniversaryThis is the year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to fight for the Northern California Wild Heritage Act. It's the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your skills and enthusiasm for the places you love. The Wilderness Committee needs extra hands to help get the word out. You can help organize a party, a hike, or a slideshow; make phone calls; help with mailings; collect signatures; write letters; create flyers; or even donate money to help support these activities - whatever your interest! Contact Patricia Jones, Wilderness Committee chair, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 548-2204.
Tax attorneyTax questions have become important for several park and wildlife issues. The Chapter's East Bay Public Lands Committee is looking for a tax attorney who can provide pro-bono advice about municipal taxation and school taxation. No attendance at public meetings is required. Contact committee chair Norman La Force at (415) 227-2322 (work), (510) 526-4362 (home), or:email@example.com
Hike leaders, assistants for accessible outingsSierrans Outdoors through Accessible Recreation (SOAR) is seeking new hike leaders and assistant leaders. SOAR offers hikes that are accessible to people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. SOAR hikes often are slower and cover less distance than other Sierra Club hikes, but have a great sense of discovery and adventure.
SOAR hike leaders scout their routes, lead introductions at the trailhead, and make sure the group stays together during the hike. Hike assistants partner with participants who need special help (e.g. visually impaired hikers) and help the group stay together. New leaders and assistants do not need to be experienced; all training is provided. People with disabilities are welcomed as leaders.
Hike leaders from other sections who would be interested in adapting one of their hikes or leading a new hike for SOAR are also welcomed.
SOAR will host an introductory brunch for potential hike leaders and assistants in March, tentatively set for noon on Sun., March 21. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jonna at (510) 848-0800, ext. 312.
Awards Committee membersThe Bay Chapter is developing a new program to honor and acknowledge elected officials at all levels of government who have taken a leadership role on environmental issues. We need a few volunteers with an interest in politics to serve on an Awards Committee. Committee members will get to name the awards, shape the awards criteria, and advocate for awards for their favorite electeds. Our meetings will be short and always have snacks. And the chair will tell funny jokes. For more information and details on our first meeting, call Jonna Papaefthimiou at (510) 848-0800, ext. 312, or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska under assault - volunteers needed!The Bush administration has celebrated the new year by attacking the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the western North Slope, and the Tongass National Forest all at once. The latest Bush move to put Arctic drilling into this year's budget bill is particularly horrendous. We stopped that effort last spring - and we can stop it again - but only if we have lots of volunteers making phone calls, and sending letters to the editor. The Sierra Club is part of the Alaska Coalition, seeking to stop them in their tracks. Help the Sierra Club's Alaska Task Force and the Alaska Coalition mobilize to defend Alaska's unique public lands! Even volunteering a couple of hours for phone calls makes a difference! To volunteer, contact Vicky Hoover, Sierra Club Alaska Task Force, at (415) 977-5527 or: email@example.com or David Edeli at (415) 252-7524 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
ReceptionistsThe Chapter Office in Berkeley needs additional volunteer receptionists who are energetic team members, service-oriented, and gracious. You will be directing calls, greeting guests, responding to inquiries, and providing general office support. Regular four-hour shifts are available weekdays, 10 am - 2 pm or 1 - 5 pm. We request a weekly commitment for a minimum of four months. Training and ongoing support are cheerfully provided. If you have a predictable schedule and would like to support the Chapter by helping in the office, call Joanne Drabek at (510) 848-0800, ext. 315.
LeConte Lodge (in Yosemite)LeConte Memorial Lodge is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with the operation of the Lodge between May 1 and the end of September. Volunteers work a three-hour shift each day, Wednesday through Sunday, plus at least one evening program. In return you receive free entrance to Yosemite National Park, free shared camping at the designated campsite, and free shower facilities at Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp. Volunteers for the Lodge must be members of the Sierra Club. For more information or to save your spot, please e-mail: email@example.com or call (415) 977-5732.
Bulk-mail coordinatorThe Chapter sends out lots of mailings that require detailed compliance with complicated postal regulations. We need one more person to work on these projects, preparing them and delivering them to the post office, and over time learning the rules and procedures. This requires an organized, detail-oriented person who is available during working hours. To volunteer, or for more information, call Joanne Drabek at (510) 848-0800, ext. 315.
Retired? Want a challenge?Volunteer at the Club's national headquarters in downtown San Francisco (one block from BART and Muni); contribute your experience to help us come to grips with the environmental problems of the next century. You'll meet new people with similar interests; have access to computers, the internet, and one of the best environmental libraries in the country; and expand your own interests while sharing your time and skills. Experience would be useful in just about any field. We can use skills at translating from English into a wide range of languages. In addition, we need a volunteer to do administrative support including filing, copying, and if familiar with computers, some light correspondence and internet searches. For details, call Michele Perrault at (415) 977-5670.
Yodeler Photo ContestHelp make the annual Yodeler Photo Contest happen. To volunteer, contact Aphra Pia at (510) 655-0969 or: firstname.lastname@example.org or Wade Sherwood at (510) 531-8664 or: email@example.com
Improve the environment and life in Contra Costa CountyHelp challenge sprawl and contribute to shaping a healthy future. The Mount Diablo Group needs help with:
If you are interested in transportation and growth concerns, the Group's Transportation Committee would welcome your membership. The committee works on a range of concerns, including the Club position on the renewal of Contra Costa's transportation sales tax. Contact Ed Mendelsohn at (925) 837-4783 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in helping out in local politics? The new chair of the Group's Political Committee is looking for volunteers to help with upcoming events. Help will include research, and contacts with local officials. Contact Jacqueline Thalberg at:email@example.com or (925) 890-3299.
Energy CommitteeJoin the Bay Chapter Energy Committee. Our mission is to keep abreast of energy issues affecting the Bay Area and to work with other Sierra Club entities to encourage renewable energy and energy conservation. Currently we are working on implementation of solar bond measures, plant siting, and tidal power in San Francisco; preventing new power-plant permits in Eastern Alameda County; and bringing a solar bond initiative to Oakland. We meet once a month, usually on the fourth Wednesday, to discuss these and other local energy issues, and to hear presentations from energy experts. Experience in the energy field is helpful, but more important is interest in learning the details of specific technologies and legislation. For more information contact committee chair Tom Roberts at (415) 487-2386 or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Chapter e-mail listsAnyone with e-mail can now easily receive agendas for Bay Chapter meetings, as well as action alerts and Chapter-related environmental news. You may also join on-line discussions about these and other Chapter-related issues - all via two free electronic mailing lists. Subscribe to one or both.
The SFBAY-AGENDAS list is exclusively for meeting agendas. It's a great way to find out what others are working on; maybe you'll decide to get involved in something new. The SFBAY-GENERAL list is for subscribers who wish to discuss Bay Chapter issues, news, and policy on-line. Learn more about the issues and express yourself.
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California wilderness and forestsThe Sierra Club's Oakland Field Office is looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers to work on California wilderness and forest issues, particularly the California Wild Heritage Campaign, a historic statewide effort to protect the remaining wilderness-quality lands in California. The office needs many volunteers to help with this campaign, whether for an hour a month or an hour a day. Help with administrative/office work, organizing tabling at events, phonebanking, etc. Contact: email@example.com or (510) 622-0290, ext. 220.
Outings Office assistantEvery month Sierra Club's Outings Department in downtown San Francisco receives hundreds of requests for information. We need a few volunteers for about three or four hours every couple of weeks to help mail out responses. The hours can be any time 9 am - 5 pm, Mon. - Fri. To help, call our volunteer coordinator at (415) 977-5686.
Brighten a child's life (and yours!)Ever seen a child's face light up during their first real experience with nature? Join the Club's Inner City Outings Program and open new eyes to the wonder of day-hiking, backpacking, and car-camping. ICO provides outdoor experiences for those who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity. Diverse volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. Most needed are volunteers interested in mid-week day hikes. No prior experience necessary, but a love of the outdoors and comfort with children is highly recommended. For more information, visit: www.sierraclub.org/ico/sfbaychapter/index.html or call Sven Thesen at (415) 973-1048 (work), (415) 401-6746 (home), or:firstname.lastname@example.org
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