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Volunteer Opportunities 2019-12-06T10:55:27-05:00

Volunteer Opportunities

TJC’s volunteers are an important part of the fabric of our team. We always have new opportunities for you to get involved in our work — so you’re sure to find an opportunity that works for your schedule and your interests! From healthcare policy advocacy to office administration, we need volunteers of all skill-sets to become a part of the TJC family. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Thomas at tbynum@tnjustice.org.

Administrative Volunteer

TJ is looking for a volunteer who wants to help vulnerable families by answering calls coming in to TJC. You would answer the TJC Office line, field questions, particularly from potential clients, and transfer calls as appropriate. This would include occasionally greeting visitors to the office.

Hours per week: 2 – 3 hours shifts would be preferable

Medicaid Expansion and Defense Advocacy Volunteer

We are currently looking for an additional MED team weekly volunteer who can support with our grassroots advocacy work, especially with the upcoming federal block grant comment period. This will involve calling advocates in our network and updating our online advocacy tool so that we can get more people involved and strengthen our network. We hope that you will join our volunteer team!

Hours per week: 5-15

Casework Client Survey Volunteer

The TJC casework team is seeking volunteers to work alongside our casework team helping former clients. You would reach out to past clients to check in and see how they are doing after working with TJC. Depending on the client’s situation you could coordinate with TJC advocates and attorneys to figure out the best way to help them. This is an exciting way to see the kind of work we do!

Hours per week: Flexible

Social Media Volunteer

Help us connect with donors, clients, volunteers, and supporters through Twitter and other social media platforms. This is a great opportunity for people who are naturals at social media but want to learn about how to use it in a business setting. Just a small amount of time each week could make a huge difference.

Spanish-speaking Volunteer

Are you fluent in Spanish and English? Help us better serve the Spanish-speaking population in Tennessee. Tasks may include translation of documents and materials, intake interviews with potential clients, and outreach.

Development Committee Member

We are looking for passionate and capable volunteers to join our Development Committee. The Development Committee meets on the first Thursday of every other month. The Committee helps engage our board and the community around fundraising tasks and events such as our Raising the Bar firm pledge program, Mother’s Day campaign, and year-end giving.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute your ideas to TJC, and meet our board members. Many previous Development Committee board members have moved onto our Board of Directors as well. If you have experience in Fundraising, Marketing, Event Planning, Corporate Giving, Graphic Design, or related areas it is a plus.

Fundraising Campaign Volunteers

We host several exciting fundraising campaigns during the year. During fundraising campaigns, we often need help with short-term tasks such as helping address envelopes, sorting data, and calling donors.

If you are interested in helping on a short-term project, please let us know your availability and any tasks that might interest you. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to help, but can only commit a few days out of the year.

General Sessions Court Volunteers

TJC is seeking volunteers for an exciting new project to help unrepresented defendants in eviction and debt collection cases. With the support of a generous grant from the Tennessee Bar Foundation, TJC has launched the General Sessions GPS project. General Sessions is the court where evictions and most debt collection cases are filed. Most defendants cannot afford attorneys and must present their case on their own. We are seeking volunteers to attend the civil dockets in Nashville and survey self-represented defendants and other participants in the process. This will enable us to understand what can make the process more accessible to people who find themselves on their own in legal proceedings that too often seem mystifying and overwhelming. Volunteering involves attending a brief orientation and 2-3 hours attending a civil docket, and as much time beyond that as the volunteer would like to spend.

WIC Informational Brochures

The Nutrition Team serves as an essential resource for Tennessee partners who are looking for more information about nutrition programs. We provide technical assistance to hundreds of providers annually who then serve thousands of people in need. Our brochures are an important part of this work as they provide concise, accessible information to participants, but we can’t fold the large volume of trifolds without your help. This project entails helping assemble our trifold on the WIC program and grouping them into clusters that we can give to partners.

Hours per week: Flexible

State County Fact Sheet Updates

Part of the Nutrition Team’s work is speaking to legislators about the importance of nutrition programs and the prevalence of food insecurity in Tennessee. One of the most effective ways to persuade legislators to get involved with anti-hunger initiatives is by providing food insecurity fact sheets tailored to their district. This project entails updating our Tennessee county fact sheets in Microsoft Office with the most up to date information.

Hours per week: Flexible

WIC Surveys

Tennessee has one of the lowest WIC participation rates in the country at 43%, meaning that only 43% of individuals eligible for the program are actually receiving benefits. The Nutrition Team is working on a project to improve this participation rate, but we need to understand the problem before we can solve it. This project entails contacting people who are eligible for but not participating in the WIC program and surveying them using prewritten questions to help us better understand why the participation rate is so low.

Hours per week: Flexible

11/10,  11/12,  11/18

#StopTheBlock – We need volunteers to help us submit comments, engage with our community, and more to defend TennCare against the Medicaid block grant proposal during the federal comment period. Sign up: http://bit.ly/2OTtjoB

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To sign up for any of our volunteer opportunities listed above, fill out this form. We’re excited to have you on our team. Happy volunteering!