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  • Senior Planet Exploration Center: Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted on February 7, 2018 by Coming of Age in View Paid and Unpaid Opportunities.

    Senior Planet Exploration Center has Four Volunteer Opportunities

    Class Assistant — The class assistant helps Senior Planet trainers to lead a formal course on technology for senior planet members. Trainers serve as primary instructors while the class assistant helps students that fall behind the pace of the class to get back on track. You may also be asked to assist with tracking attendance, reach out to students that are absent, or manage equipment distribution in the class. Classes generally meet twice a week for 10 weeks and attendance in each class is crucial. This volunteer position is ideal for someone with tutoring or teaching experience that is relatively comfortable with most commonly used technology products.

    Data Entry/Clerical Assistant — The data entry/clerical assistant helps to ensure that keep track of our membership and registration information at the Center. In this role, you are responsible for entering the data from new membership forms into our online database as well as keeping track of RSVP’s for special events and workshops. You may also be asked to assist with filing or serve as a backup for the greeter. This volunteer position is ideal for someone who is detail oriented and who is relatively comfortable using the internet

    Tech Talk Host – The tech talk host leads a 20-minute one-on-one conversation related to technology with visiting members at the Center. In this role, you assist a member to accomplish a technology-related goal for the session based on their existing knowledge and our tech talk guidelines. The ability to manage expectations and redirect members to other technology related resources is critical as tech talks are not meant to be prolonged tutoring sessions or computer repair consults. This volunteer position is ideal for someone that is relatively comfortable with most commonly used technology products and skilled at communicating about them in a cogent manner.

    Greeter – The greeter is the first point of contact our visitors have with the Center. In this role, you are responsible for welcoming each new visitor, articulating our mission and services, ensuring that visitors sign in and comply with our House Rules, and helping to answer phone and e-mail inquiries. This volunteer position is ideal for someone with customer service experience or who has a natural ability to relate to people. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one shift per week. Volunteer shifts are on weekdays and most last for 4 hours, from 8:30am – 12:30pm or from 12:30pm – 4:30pm.

    Location: 127 W. 25th Street, New York NY

    How to Apply:

    1. Submit a letter of interest via e-mail. The first step to becoming a Senior Planet volunteer is to submit a letter of interest via e-mail to volunteer@seniorplanet.org. Let us know a little bit about yourself and your experience, and why you want to volunteer at the Center.
    2. Interview with a Senior Planet staff member. Once we review your letter of interest via e-mail, we’ll contact you to schedule a one-on-one interview with a Senior Planet staff member. The purpose of this interview is to find the right volunteer placement for you at Senior Planet and to answer your questions.
    3. Attend a volunteer training. In some cases, the volunteer opportunities at Senior Planet require initial training and may include other commitments as well. You can find out more about this during your interview with a Senior Planet staff member.

    Contact Email: volunteer@seniorplanet.org

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