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.below

Members working


Class Manager for Spring 2020 Session

When: Spring 2020 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

TIME COMMITMENT: varies, at most 1-2 hours a week for seven weeks, usually less than that.

Class Manager is a job that provides a sure-fire way to get better acquainted with LLI members and presenters.

The Class Support Team provides the materials you need to welcome LLI members to the class,

Tech: Airtable Support

Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

The Basics

LLI uses Airtable to store our critical data, such as members’ information, courses, course registrations, etc. The Tech Team gets many requests from participating members for email lists, specific data, class lists, etc. We would like to “spread the wealth”

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: 2

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;

Photographers and Videographers

When: At LLI learning programs and special events. Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Bard LLI needs volunteers to tell our stories and to build its new photo/video library. Candidates must possess an interest in photography, a willingness to learn, and an enthusiasm about Bard LLI.

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to help.