Volunteer Help Needed

Volunteer Needs

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No one gets paid for all the great programs at Bard LLI. Half of our members volunteer,  contributing time and talents to keep LLI running.

It is fun, you get to meet new people, and, as lifetime learners, you can learn new skills. This is an opportunity to use the skills you worked so hard to gain in your career: coordinating, managing, technical, writing, people, etc. You might even learn some new skills along the way!

Please review the specific needs listed below. When you submit your name to volunteer, one of our committee chairs will contact you with more information.

For general question, email volunteer@lli.bard.edu.

Members working


Membership Development Committee

When: 2020-2021 Membership Year Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Promote LLI as a member-managed organization. This lively team keeps many balls in the air
successfully: New Member Services, Volunteer Coordination, Leadership Development, Social


  • The core committee meets for about an hour each month via Zoom.

Special Programs Team

When: Fall 2020 Open Volunteer Spots: 2

Choreograph one-time educational programs for the Winter Intersession, Annual Meeting, and Fall Luncheon. Help
coordinate the annual Art Show.


● An estimated two to three hours a month to identify and invite speakers for the Annual Meeting and Fall
Luncheon programs.

Session Managers for Fall 2020 Semester

When: September 2020 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Learn how to conduct an online class. You do not need experience in ZOOM, as we
will train you, but a willingness and desire to learn new technology is required.

TIME COMMITMENT:  Varies: two hours or more per week during the semester
plus pre-semester preparation time.

Mentors for New LLI Members

When: Late July 2020 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Continue LLI’s unique welcoming tradition by taking two or three new members informally under your wing.


● About two summer hours; informal contact thereafter.


● Contact your two or three new members by phone or email in late July.

Tech: Course Registration Software Project

Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

LLI Members Talking
The Basics

LLI is currently in the process of evaluating course registration software, hoping to make a recommendation to Council in December. The Tech Team will:

  • View software demos from various vendors;
  • Make a recommendation to the Council;

Tech: Email Blast Coordinator

Open Volunteer Spots: 1

The Basics

LLI sends out periodic email messages to our mailing list using MailChimp. This requires coordination with the responsible committee (for example, the Curriculum Committee oversees catalog releases, Membership Development oversees messages to new members). We try to be proactive in these messages so no one is scrambling at midnight the day before an email blast goes out!

Tech: Newsletter Articles

Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

The Basics

The monthly LLI newsletter includes a short article about using the technology at LLI and/or Bard. Topics are usually inspired by questions from LLI members. Our members are looking for simple articles that help with using our technology tools.

Tech: Recommend GMail Extension for Merge Fields

Open Volunteer Spots: 2

G Suite for Education
The Basics

Gmail does not have the ability to add a merge field to email messages (such as adding Dear [First-Name] to a message, where [First_Name] is imported from a Google Sheet). However, there are many times when adding merge fields could be very helpful,

Tech: Nominations, Elections, and Leadership Development Support

When: Schedule based on times you and the volunteer coordinator can meet. Open Volunteer Spots: 2

The Basics

The Nominations, Elections, and Leadership Development Team manages volunteer nominations for Council and the yearly elections. They need technical support to:

  • Collect information on each candidate (brief bio and picture) for posting on the website.

Tech: Volunteer Coordinator Support

When: Schedule based on times you and the volunteer coordinator can meet. Open Volunteer Spots: 1

The Basics

The LLI Volunteer Coordinator uses many tech tools to recruit and manage volunteers, such as:

  • Airtable for identifying volunteer candidates among the membership;
  • Email blasts (with MailChimp) to publicize different LLI volunteer needs;