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Portland FolkMusic Society is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.
There are always
plenty of opportunities to get involved, from being part of a team to taking
charge of some aspect of the organization.
Below is a list of PFS pressing needs; if you are interested, please
e-mail for information.
- Board members.
Non-profit organizations are controlled by a board of directors, which is
responsible for day-to-day operations and for holding the organization to its mission
Board members are elected by the membership for two-year terms, and the
Board meets monthly.
- Volunteer coordinator.
Many PFS members have expressed a willingness to volunteer for
jobs large and small within the organization. It is the job of the
Volunteer Coordinator to match up people who want to help with the jobs
that need doing. An important part of coordination is information gathering,
to create a detailed list of potential volunteers with their interests. PFS has the
raw material for a computerized list in its membership database.
- Information Technology (IT) committee
PFS has a website whose home page links to many subpages with information on the many
PFS activities. (You are reading one of those subpages now!)
All these pages are created and kept up-to-date by volunteers. Updates and pages like
this one are easy to do and require only a little time and expertise; to work
on more complex pages like the home page or the Singtime Frolics registration form
can require experience with web design.
PFS also uses an open-source system called PHPList to compose and send mass emails.
PHPList is a complex piece of software with its own powerful interface.
People on its lists can maintain their personal information on-line, but they
sometimes need help.
Most of the IT work can be done on a local computer, then uploaded to the PFS web.
Current members of the IT Committee help newcomers learn the ropes.
- Publicity committee.
When PFS sponsors a concert or one of its regular events like
the monthly song circle, publicity is needed to tell the community what's happening,
where and when. PFS maintains an e-mail list of members and non-members
who have expressed interest, with software to send mass e-mailings to
all or part of the list. Formatting and sending these e-mails is one
responsibility of the Publicity Committee. Another is physically posting flyers
for events, particularly concerts. PFS does not need to make money from
its events, but performers need to be paid, and better performers cost more.
- Singtime Frolics committee.
Singtime Frolics is the annual weekend retreat
(now in its 33rd year) held in March at the Menucha Conference Center in the Columbia
Gorge. Organizing a gathering of about 100 people is a big job, and the
Singtime committee meets monthly for five months preceeding the event to
accomplish it. Over the years, the timeline of tasks has been captured
in spreadsheets, so the many jobs, large and small, are laid out from previous
Take a look at
some current volunteers. If you'd be interested
in helping, or in being an “understudy” learning what's entailed,
use the e-mail links there to get in touch.
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