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Volunteer or Intern for the AVKO Foundation

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AVKO is constantly in need of volunteers to help with its goals of eradicating the problems associated with illiteracy and dyslexia.  Volunteering is not only rewarding to the volunteer and to the Foundation and those we serve; volunteer hours can be used for community service hours, experience working in a non-profit, networking, references and letters of recommendation, etc.  AVKO not only needs people who can work in our reading clinic in Birch Run, MI, but we also can use the help of people from their own communities.  Read on for a few of the many things for which we need volunteer assistance.  If you have other ideas of how you could help out, please let us know.

All of these positions are available as internships as well; an increased time commitment and level of dedication are obviously expected for internships.  The most meaningful internships will involve time spent in our clinic in Birch Run; however, internships may also be virtual if the person is dedicated, driven, and communicative. 

For our "virtual" volunteers, we like to "meet" at least once every other week or every week to see how the project is going, record the number of hours worked, and delegate new tasks if necessary.  Note that these divisions of tasks are somewhat arbitrary -- you may wish to work on several of these projects.  Please fill out a volunteer application to give us some basic information about you for our records.   DOC  PDF

Administrative | Marketing | Quality Control | Educational Support | Fundraising

Administrative Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator
Minimum commitment of 10 hours a week.  Potential for paid position in the future.

- Experience working with volunteers or managing others needed.
- Coordinates the volunteers' projects and schedules, finds new projects, and reports to management on progress.

Board Member
Minimum commitment of 15 hours a month. 

- Attend board meetings, provide input for the direction of AVKO, and vote on agenda items.
- Be a representative of AVKO, promoting its ideals and goals.
- Secure benefactors for AVKO.

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Marketing Opportunities

Graphics Designer
Minimum commitment of 1-2 hours a week.

- Intermediate knowledge of graphics creation and modification and various graphics software.
- Create ad copy, logos, flyers, and other graphics as necessary.
- Create banners and graphics for website.
- See Graphic Designer Guide for some of the many projects for which we need help.

Marketing Intern 1 - Social Networking
Minimum commitment of 1-2 hours a week.

- Basic knowledge of computers and the internet (will train for more complex assignments).
- Manage social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, LinkedIn), online groups, and list-servs for AVKO.
- Contribute original content/copy for the blog, etc. 

Marketing Intern 2 - Retail Partners
Minimum commitment of 6-8 hours a week.

- Basic knowledge of computers and the internet (will train for more complex assignments).
- Locate and secure potential new distributors of AVKO materials via Google searches, culling of Educational / Homeschool Supply literature and directories, and online business listings.
- Verify our directory of distributor information on our website, and verify the accuracy of the information about AVKO materials on their proprietary websites, including prices, descriptions, and pictures.
- Use this form letter for retailers (with customized names) to request that they become AVKO retailers.

Marketing Intern 3 - Schools
Minimum commitment of 6-8 hours a week.

- Basic knowledge of computers and the internet (will train for more complex assignments).
- Locate and secure potential new schools and educators via Google searches, online directories, etc.

Marketing Intern 4 - Back-Linking and Directories
Minimum commitment of 6-8 hours a week.

- Basic knowledge of computers and the internet (will train for more complex assignments).
- Locate online and physical resources of interest to AVKO's members.  Locate and secure link exchanges with other websites.  Submit AVKO's contact information to online directories for homeschool supply stores, disability services, non-profit organizations, dyslexia resources, educational supplies, etc.
- Use this form letter for libraries (with customized names) to explain the resources we have available for libraries.
- Use this form letter for non-profit organizations (with customized names) to request partnership, free and low-cost materials, and referral networks.

Website Traffic Volunteer
Minimum commitment of 2-6 hours a week. 

- Basic knowledge of computers, internet, Boolean web searching, and meta tags (will train as necessary).
- Perform online searches from the perspective of homeschoolers and verify page ranks of AVKO websites/webpages.
- Verify Meta tags (keywords) of sites and propose suggestions of additional keywords to increase page ranks.
- Utilize online analytics software to review navigation, click rates, etc.
- Use Web Traffic Volunteer Guidelines as a starting point.

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Quality Control Opportunities

Quality Control 1 - Website
Minimum commitment of 2-4 hours a week or as needed / as available.

- Basic knowledge of computers and the internet (will train for more complex assignments).
- Surf the AVKO websites and find spelling/grammar errors, navigational issues, and dead links. 
- Use the Website Quality Control Guide as a reference for how the website should be.

Quality Control 2 - Books
Minimum commitment of 2-4 hours a week or as needed / as available.

- Proficiency in English grammar and spelling
- Proofread AVKO literature and educational materials for spelling/grammar mistakes.  Verify page references. 
- Use the Guide for Proofreading Materials as a reference.

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Educational Support Opportunities

Homeschooler Support 1 - Teaching Aids and Tips
Minimum commitment of 2-4 hours a week; 6-8 preferable.

- Experience working with K-12 education or homeschooling.
- Find existing and create new resources (articles, pamphlets, webpages, newsletters, etc.) for homeschoolers. 
- Be available as a resource person to talk to homeschoolers (via phone, IM, e-mail) about their situations, curriculum needs, etc.

Homeschooler Support 2 - Trends Briefing
Minimum commitment of 4-6 hours a week; 8-10 preferable.

- Basic knowledge of computers and the internet (will train for more complex assignments).
- Provide a regular "briefing" on current homeschool trends, support resources, curriculum resources, popular websites, and news and research related to homeschooling and dyslexia.
- Come up with creative ways in which this information can be relayed back to AVKO's members and how AVKO can create additional or modify existing resources to better meet the needs of its members.

Curriculum Writer
Minimum commitment of 2-4 hours a week or as needed; 10-12 preferable.

- Basic knowledge of computers, the internet, and word processing (will train for complex assignments).
- Brainstorm creative ways that AVKO materials can be used for homeschooling, educating, and remediation above and beyond their "intended" uses.  Talk to current members and customers about how they use their materials.
- Create lesson plans, worksheets, games, and support materials.
- See the Curriculum Writer Guide for suggestions for curriculum to develop.

AVKO Tutor
Minimum commitment of 2 hours a week.

- Passion to help others learn to read and spell or learn to teach others how to learn and spell.
- Become trained in the AVKO tutoring methods and acquainted with AVKO Materials; become a certified AVKO tutor.
- Tutor students in the language arts; train parents, tutors and teachers how to teach the AVKO way.
- Set up local adult literacy programs in your community.  Post the Adult Literacy Program flyer in your community. 
- See the Get Involved page for more information.

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Fundraising Opportunities:

Grant Writer
Minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week or as needed.  Potential for paid opportunity in the future.

- Basic knowledge of computers, the internet, and word processing (will train for complex assignments).
- Knowledge of grant writing or eagerness to learn.
- Write grants for AVKO projects, including a spelling research study, development of multimedia presentations, workshops for the local area, improvement of the facility, etc.
- Follow up on grant proposals, writing thank you for consideration and thank you for approval letters.
- Use the Grant Writer Guide.

Fundraiser
Minimum commitment of 4-8 hours a week.

- Basic knowledge of fundraising and customer service/sales.
- Secure benefactors and corporate sponsors for AVKO, including memberships, monetary donations, donations of materials, etc. 
- Use this form letter for corporations to request donations in-kind, donations of services, advertising, etc.

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