Volunteer Shout-OUT


Happy New Year to Everyone.

It’s incredible to think that POCA Coop is only 4 years old. So much is happening this coming year, with many opportunities for POCA members to get involved. Below is a list of some of the highlights. Perhaps you’re thinking of doing some volunteering this year? Have a read and see if there’s a place you want to jump in.

There will be 2 POCA Fests this year.

The first one in North Scituate Rhode Island June 12,13, and 14, and the second one in the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco in late September.

Looking for New England and Northeastern patients, punks and clinics to help out with the June POCA Fest. Send an email to volunteer@pocacoop.com if you’re interested.

Looking for No Cal, So Cal, Pacific NW folks to help out with the Bay Area POCA Fest. We’d love to see the POCA Tech Punklings at one or both of these events too! Private Message through the POCA website [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/13]Skip Van Meter[/url] if you’re interested.

There are two Membership Drives will be happening one in May and one in October.

We’ll be kicking off the May Membership Drive with a POCA wide May Day celebration. All clinics are invited to participate in the POCA wide FREE DAY on May 1st to celebrate International Workers’ Day.

Patient and punk members can get involved at your local clinic in one or both Membership Drives by volunteering to be on hand to sign up or renew members.

One or two clinics are wanted to help head-up either or both membership drives. This involves creating and updating  media for clinics to use for the drive (things like posters, fliers, scripts, etc.) Prep for each drive happens a month or two before each drive.  Send and email to membership@pocacoop.com if you’re interested.

The Annual POCA LOC Survey will be happening once again.

If you’re a geek for data and numbers and want to help out with this contact Skip through the POCA website via this link: [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/13]Skip Van Meter[/url]. This project takes place over a 3 or 4 month period, though you won’t have to work on it everyday. It involves setting up the survey, collecting data, bugging people to submit their data, and then collating the data once it’s all collected. Computer skillz are a must.

POCA Board of Directors Election happens each May. Volunteers needed for the nomination and election committee. This is a 4-6 week project. volunteer@pocacoop.com



Day-to-day functions and projects.

Check out the EVENTS CALENDAR on the POCA website to see a list of upcoming circle meetings. Email volunteer@pocacoop.com or membership@pocacoop.com to request an invite to any meeting.

Special call out to all In-House Clinic Volunteer Coordinators: we’d love to get your input and tap your experiences working hands-on with POCA member volunteers .

Membership Circle is also looking for people to help out with volunteer recruitment and engagement (for circle work, events and special projects) via a new Volunteer sub-circle. Contact Membership Circle leaders [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/748]Mary Margaret Dobson[/url] or [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/1342]Elizabeth Ropp[/url].  Participation in monthly meetings (online) is part of this volunteer opportunity.

Welcome Wagon continues to welcome new volunteers who make monthly calls to all new members (that’s right every new member gets a call from a POCA volunteer!) Call lists are distributed via email and calls usually take under an hour each month. Contact [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/12199] Peter Frey [/url]

Clinic Success Circle is looking for mentors and “big-sibs” to continue the work of peer mentorship amongst punks, and clinics, POCA Tech students. Contact [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/384]Melissa Tiernan[/url] or [url=https://pocacoop.com/forums/member/messages/pm/1165]Kim Deane[/url] for more info. Participation in monthly meetings (online) is part of this volunteer opportunity.

Next VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION MEETING is scheduled via google+ hangout Tuesday 1/6 from 8:15-9:15a.m. Eastern. Next one after that (for folks in earlier timezones) is Wednesday 2/11 from 7:30-8:30p.m. Eastern. Email membership@pocacoop.com or volunteer@pocacoop.com for an invite to any Volunteer Orientation meeting.

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