How Can I Get Involved With Help Now!?

We have many ways you can help. Whether you get involved in advocacy, operations or management we have a place for you and would love to hear from you.

Volunteering as an Advocate 

Serving as a Help Now! advocate affords the opportunity to see firsthand the tremendous impact effective advocacy can have on the lives of people who, for a variety of reasons, are not equipped to advocate for themselves. Achieving needed results for such people provides a great sense of personal satisfaction as well.

Prospective advocates will be screened carefully to see whether their past experience lends itself to becoming an effective advocate. They will also be subject to criminal background checks because of the vulnerable populations with which our organization deals and the sensitive nature of some of our work on their behalf.

All those accepted to become advocates undergo a comprehensive training. This will include training on dispute resolution technique and negotiation, interview technique, office forms and procedures, as well as information about our focus populations and their needs. This training, in part, will be provided by our executive director, Larry Kahn. Larry has previously taught negotiation technique to university, corporate, church, and professional groups around the country. His negotiations work has received coverage in the national media. 

Below you will find a link to a page which describes the job responsibilities of our volunteer advocates. There is also a link to our volunteer application form. If you are interested in applying to become an advocate, please click on the link below and send the completed application form as an attachment to your e-mail.

Volunteering in Operations

Serving as a Help Now! volunteer in operations is critical to sustaining the organization. Without the support of our operations volunteers, we would be unable to do our advocacy program work. Operations volunteers perform various internal functions. These include such things as assistance on grant research and writing, fundraising efforts, reception, data input, internet research, inquiry response, public relations, filing, typing, assisting with finances, and representing the organization to others in the community. Prospective operations volunteers will be screened carefully for past experience and/or ability in the various facets of operations. They will also be subject to criminal background checks.

All those accepted to become operations volunteers will undergo training on office forms and procedures, data input, grants, and fundraising. This training will be provided by our executive director, Larry Kahn, and other management personnel.

Below you will find a link to a page which describes the job responsibilities of our volunteers in operations. There is also a link to our volunteer application form. If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer in operations, please click on the link below and send the completed application form as an attachment to your e-mail.

Joining Our Board

We are a Board managed non-profit organization--our management and staff report to and are accountable to the Board. The Board sets policy and direction for the organization. It also oversees the organization's finances and assists in our fundraising. Members of the Board serve staggered three year terms and are not compensated.

We are currently looking to expand our Board to include additional influential members of the local community. Because of our plans for growth, we are also looking to include at least several out-of-area Board members who bring a national profile.

If you would like to be considered for a position on our Board, please read the BOARD MEMBER JOB DESCRIPTION and then send a cover letter detailing your qualifications and attaching your resume with references to: info[at]helpnowadvocacy.org

Joining Our Management Team

At Help Now!, our management approach is truly collaborative. No one of us believes that he/she has all the answers--we learn from each other. There is no top-down micromanagement. We enjoy working together to create various facets of an organization that has a unique and worthy mission--and we enjoy seeing that mission unfold and take root.

At the same time, we have high expectations for one another. Deadlines must be met, work product must be of the highest quality, services must be provided to our clients in a timely, respectful, professional manner, and all contacts with others in which we represent our organization must be carried out with the highest degree of professionalism.

We have need for qualified professionals to assist with development/fundraising and to manage various aspects of operations. A professional having outstanding advocacy skills, including substantive knowledge in one or more of our advocacy focus areas, is also needed.

We are currently an all volunteer organization, and those applying for management positions must be financially able to work for some period of time without compensation or benefits. Our expectation for the near future is to be able to compensate all professionals who demonstrate skill and dedication in their performance.

If you would like to apply for a position in our management team, please send a cover letter detailing your qualifications and attaching your resume with references to: info[at]helpnowadvocacy.org