Volunteer Opportunities

League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns members are needed to volunteer for a variety of things. If you have a specific skill or interest that you would like to share contact us at info [at] lwv-rivertowns.org.

Current Opportunities with Immediate Needs:
 
Moderators Needed for the League of Women Voters of Westchester Know Your Government Workshops: The LWVW along with the Westchester Library System is launching a knew "Know Your Government" series called "Fact or Fake: Exploring the Role of Media in Politics." The 90-minute non-partisan workshops will be free and open to all. Volunteers are needed to be trained to lead a workshop using a prepared presentation, League publications, and discussion guides. 2-hour training sessions for volunteers will take place at the Westchester Library Sytem offices located at 570 Taxter Road, Suite 400 in Elmsford on the following dates:
Monday, February 4th: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, February 7th: 10:00am-noon or 6:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, February 8th: 10:00am-noon
To register your interest in becoming a moderator or to learn more about this program, email: leaguevote411 [at] gmail.com ( )
or call Marjorie Hsu (617) 877-7067 or Susan Schwarz at (914) 332-1301.
 
Immediate short-term need: Help update school contact lists. We are inviting high school students (juniors and seniors) in the Rivertowns' League membership area to submit an application to participate in "Students Inside Albany," a state-wide weekend workshop during which students learn about state government and meet elected officials at the Capital. The Rivertowns League traditionally sponsors two students covering travel, lodging and all expenses. We want to update our school and teacher contact list to be sure our invitation reaches all eligible students. If you have a little time to help us update our list over the next few weeks or know of a good contact at your local high school to get out the word, email Char Weigel at caweigel [at] verizon.net (subject: I%27ll%20help%20update%20the%20League%27s%20School%20Database!) .
 
Ongoing Needs: If either of these positions would be  of interest to you, kindly contact Lynn Levine, President at your earliest convenience! Call her at 914-588-4543 or write to rootydog [at] gmail.com
 
  • Publicity ChairPublicize local League events; prepare and organize distribution of fliers; prepare press releases; email announcements to all members; send info about events to web editor; promote events on social media; update our paper brochure as needed and arrange for printing.
  • Bulletin Editor (Online): Three or four times a year collect and write up info for our bulletin from the various committee heads and format for online distribution to membership. 
Ongoing Opportunities:
 
  • Voter services: Plan and coordinates candidates’ forums, gather candidate information for use with the Vote411.org website and Voters Guide, oversee distribution of Voters Guide to individuals, schools, and businesses.  Contact Jodie Reaver (reaverdillon [at] mac.com).
  • Publicity: Post information on online outlets, write press releases, design flyers.  Contact Char Weigel (caweigel [at] verizon.net).
  • Website: Maintain current information about the League on our website.  Contact Bria Judkins (bria.judkins [at] gmail.com).
  • Social media:  Publicize League events on Social Media sites.  Contact Sue Weisfeld (sweisfeld [at] juno.com).
  • Membership: Maintain contact information for members, send welcome packets to new members, meet personally with new members, contact non-members who attend events, follow up with members who have not renewed.  Contact Ruth DeFord Kotecha (rdeford [at] post.harvard.edu) or Adelaide DiGiorgi (adigiorgi [at] optonline.net).
  • Events: Propose topics and speakers for hot topics breakfasts, movie nights, educational forums, etc., and make arrangements for them.  This may include arranging for refreshments, setting up and cleaning up, etc. Contact Char Weigel (caweigel [at] verizon.net) or Susan Schwarz (sdschwarz [at] aol.com).
  • Advocacy: Keep track of current League positions; lobby elected officials, write letters to editors, plan forums on issues, etc.  Contact George Calvi (georgecalvi [at] optonline.net).
  • Youth outreach:  Contacts local high schools to recruit applicants for Students Inside Albany and Running & Winning,promote voter registration for 18-year-olds, recruit interns for League projects.  Contact Char Weigel (caweigel [at] verizon.net).
  • Environment:  The Environment Committee meets about every two months to discuss environmental issues, especially those of local concern.  Anyone who is interested should sign up to receive information by email and attend meetings whenever possible. Contact Emma Lou Louis (elsailors [at] mail.com).
  • Health Care: Members of the Health Care committee attend meetings of the County Health Committee and report to the board about issues that are discussed there.  They also help to develop questions on health policy for meetings with elected officials. Contact Michele Noe (michelelnoe [at] gmail.com).
  • Poverty study: The Poverty Study coordinator needs people to help with data collection for the project.  Contact Sue Weisfeld (sweisfeld [at] juno.com).
  • Naturalization Court: The League chapters in Westchester County take turns sending volunteers to the monthly Naturalization ceremonies in White Plains to welcome new citizens, inform them about the League, and provide them with information on voter registration.   Our chapter is responsible for two ceremonies per year. Two members attend each ceremony (which takes 2-3 hours) and greet people as they leave. Contact Lynn Levine (rootydog [at] gmail.com).