Thanks largely to the participation of so many of you, the first two Split This Rock Poetry Festivals have been tremendously successful. We continue to hear from participants about the incredible poetry they heard, the challenging and thought-provoking discussions and workshops they attended, and the powerful sense of community they felt. You — and many others — have asked us to build Split This Rock into a permanent home for progressive poets.
We can't do it without your help. We're in the final stretch for organizing the 2012 Split This Rock Festival and we need your help to make this work! Please consider volunteering during the Festival: March 22 to March 25.
VENUE CZARINA: Set up rooms according to the needs of the session, including posting the correct sign for current session. Check that all attendees have valid festival passes. Answer questions and help guide participants to appropriate rooms. Assist the session coordinator as needed. Ensure that all rules of the venue are observed. A cell phone is required for this position.
REGISTER/CHECK IN: Responsible for cash handling/taking credit card info, checking student IDs, coordinating with organizers to hand over cash box when sales close. May help with signups for open mics.
INFO/PRESS/T-SHIRT SALES: Work alongside registration/check-in volunteers, to sell T-shirts and festival publications, hand out press packets/passes, and answer questions. Responsible for cash handling/taking credit card info, coordinating with organizers to hand over cash box when sales close.
We are hosting three brief, fun volunteer training sessions to prepare you for your shifts—a great chance to meet our team and fellow poets & organizers. We ask all volunteers to please attend one of the following sessions:
Contact our volunteer coordinator, Kaitie O'Hare. We hope to see you soon. If you are coming from out of town and can't make one of these sessions, please let us know. We're happy to accommodate you.
Volunteers who work two or more 2.5 hour shifts will receive a free pass to the festival and a free Split This Rock 2012 t-shirt. Plus you'll meet wonderful, fascinating people and be a part of a movement of poets working for a better world.
Split This Rock volunteers help with publicity, outreach, programming, fundraising, accessibility planning, administration, graphic and web design, and so much more. Even if you don’t live in the D.C. area, there many ways to help out. You can also join Split This Rock on Facebook and network with others in your area.To get involved, complete the Volunteer Form and send it to us, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising/Events: Help plan fundraising events in DC, New York, or other areas. Write appeal letters. Dream up creative fundraising events and projects. Help us write grant proposals.
Sponsorships: Solicit corporate (hotels, venues, transportation, restaurants) and organizational (poetry, religious, community, peace and justice organizations) sponsorships.
Publicity/Marketing and Graphic Design: Develop ads, brochures, registration materials, T-shirt designs. Work with web and blog editors. Solicit and maintain media sponsorships (City Paper, Pacifica Radio, etc.).
Outreach: Help us send notices to constituencies and develop creative ways to engage: literary arts/theatre organizations; activist/political/community/disability organizations; schools/youth organizations; colleges/universities; religious community.
Out-of-Town Organizing: Establish and maintain a network of coordinators in other cities, providing them with ideas for local recruitment and engagement activities.
Media Relations: Work with Split This Rock’s media team to identify and cultivate free media, write press releases, make phone calls, and stay in touch with contacts.
Accessibility Planning: Work with accessibility experts to ensure website and promotional materials are accessible. Plan festival accessibility.
Web: Work with web manager to add enhancements to the website. Requires web skills (HTML, CSS, web content management).
Archivist/Documentation: Anthology/CD/web streaming/documentary
Administrative/Clerical (recordkeeping, database, etc.): Data entry; thank you notes, premiums, recognition to donors, etc.