What you need to know about volunteering.
Being a volunteer with AIGA Blue Ridge is an opportunity to get involved with the inner workings of the Chapter and collaborate with people from all over. The biggest thing that we can do as a Chapter is acknowledge the help and dedication of our volunteers who make our Chapter events and activities run without a hitch. Volunteers make our Chapter what is it. From helping with registration at events to bringing an idea to full-blown fruition, these Chapter members are our lifeblood. Become one of them!
How much time are we talking about?
In short, as much as you’re willing to give! If you just want to help out with a single event, that’s great. If you have a killer event idea that you want to make happen, we’d love to help you realize it. It’s all up to you.
Do I have to be an AIGA member to volunteer?
While we are a membership focused organization, you do not have to be a member to volunteer with our events or join a committee. However, to become a board member you need to have a membership level of supporting or higher.
What’s in it for me?
Volunteers get free admission to events they help out with and they often have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our speakers before or after the event. What is really valuable is the relationship building that comes with volunteering. You’ll be connected to the most active members of our Chapter and have the chance to meet creative professionals with all levels of experience across the region. We like to say that getting involved with the Chapter pays back in spades.
Alright, I’m in.
We’re always looking for members to get more involved and sometimes a great opportunity is just waiting for the right volunteer to take the lead. We would love to get to know a bit more about you to match you up with the best volunteer opportunity possible. If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, shoot us an email at email@example.com.
We’re always open to new ways to get involved but some of our current needs for volunteers are…
Serve on the local board and be at the helm of new ideas and amazing events. We meet on a monthly basis and always have fun sharing new ideas.
Whether you’re interested in getting involved as a committee member with one of our many programs, there’s always a place to get involved!
- Flux Competition Committee
- Portfolio Bootcamp Committee
- Essentials Committee
- Sponsorship & Partnership Committee
You’ve got an eye for photography and a rapid shutter finger to capture the moment. We’re always on the search for volunteer photographers to help us capture our events.
You’re an expert – we guarantee it. If you have something to share to the community, become a writer with AIGA Blue Ridge and share blog posts, new ideas and resources you’ve found! You can write just one, fifty or ten thousand blog posts and you will be credited for the brilliant ideas you share!
What makes our events so spectacular isn’t just the entertainment for the evening, but the volunteers who make the well-oiled machine run. Become a volunteer to assist in executing our events.
If you are interested in getting more involved with the Chapter, have any questions or want to chat with a current board member, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a content junkie? Do you live to write and write to live? Are your proofreading skills bulletproof? Then we want you to be one of our resident wordsmiths!
Responsibilities could include:
- Writing and editing copy for events/initiatives, blog posts, social media, and emails as needed
- Attending an occasional chapter event to manage social media coverage, taking event pictures and publishing posts to the Chapter’s social media streams
- Assisting the Communications Director and working with volunteers to ensure quality communications are produced in a timely manner
Ensuring that materials are aligned with Chapter guidelines and proofread prior to release.
You know your way around a balance sheet like it’s the back of your hand. For some reason, tracking money and overseeing budgets doesn’t mystify you. Oh, and you also don’t mind hanging out with a bunch of design nerds once a month and at the occasional special event.
Responsibilities will include:
- Tracking spending and watching budgets
- Approving budget proposals for events and purchases
- Providing guidance with investments and future purchases
Collaborates with regional colleges and universities. Hosts, chairs committees for educational events. Keeps current with AIGA’s educational trends by reading the organization’s white papers and attending conferences.
Current Education Programing:
- Flux // National Student Design Competition
- MockUp // Regional Colleges and Universities Compete
- Professional Lecture Series // In High Schools
- Portfolio Bootcamp // Partnered with AAF-GF
Must love planning! Attention to detail and top-notch time management skills are a must. You should also be able to juggle multiple event issues at once: budget, venue, catering, promotions, speakers, volunteers, etc.
Responsibilities will include:
- Assisting Programming Director in generating ideas for and planning two large-scale special events each year
- Ensuring events are attractive to members and add value to their memberships
Collaborating with other board members on their event needs.
Looking to expand your future horizons while working on your degree? Want to be more involved with AIGA Blue Ridge, and don’t see an open position that interests you? Consider assisting a current board member. We are always looking to add talent to our board – shoot us an email, and let’s see how you can help participate in your design community.