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We need: PEOPLE to be both ONSITE and work as VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERS. ONSITE VOLUNTEERING
NOTE: BY COMING ON SITE YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO ARREST. It’s a “Protest Action Site”. For more info, see the legal [FAQ].
The best way to help with onsite volunteering is to just SHOW UP. People AT the camp ARE the occupation. Look for people who are working and ask how to help. Ask a camper if you can help with anything. Camping is the hardest part of this occupation. For campers to stay, they need to be comfortable. Check in at the INFO TENT/WELCOME CENTER. There is a list of volunteer needs. Remember to dress for the weather. Being outside generally requires warm clothes and comfortable shoes, because of the gravel path.
GREETERS: This is a fun job! If you like meeting new people and don’t mind talking to strangers. Greet newcomers and ask them why they are there. Help them get a sense of the camp and where to find things. And find out if they want to “sign up”! for fun jobs they’ll enjoy… like marching, or making posters, outreach, or even developing policy as we move into “how” we will actually get this done part of the demand process.
FOOD PREPPERS, SERVERS, and DISHWASHERS: The food tent always needs help serving fruit salad and organizing canned goods.
DATA ENTRY PEOPLE: We need some people onsite to enter email addresses and other data into computers and spreadsheets.
ERRAND RUNNERS: We need people to run errands for the campers…the campers ARE the occupation. If we keep them comfortable, they’ll stay longer. But we also need runners for the volunteers at the INFO desk and WELCOME desk. The folks staffing these tables are “stuck” there for hours. And they often need water and other supplies.
TRASH/CLEANUP: This is everyone’s job and after camping all night outside, it’s hard to remember to clean up everything. You’ll see many smiling faces if you can pitch in and pitch it out. If you can take a few minutes to walk around and pick up while you’re there, that would be great.
POSTER MAKERS and CARDBOARD CUTTERS: Make posters and/or cut up cardboard. Fun fun fun!
SUPPLY SORTERS: help the LOGISTICS tent sort through boxes and boxes of supplies and organize the supplies.
COMMUNITY WATCH: NIGHT HOURS…walk the site to make sure everything is OK. A constant “awake” presence is required at the site for safety, and to show the public that we’re managing things well…
Email for Volunteer Coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFSITE and VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING
Search for blogs and newspaper/media that have articles. Or go to the main website (http://www.occupyboston.org/) and OB facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OccupyBoston) page and look for posts of media. Go to those sites, read the article and the comments. Post replies “in support”. Use the “messages” at the main website to help you write things in support of the movement. Here’s a good place to find those messages: http://www.occupyboston.org/faq/general-faq/
2. POSTER YOUR TOWN
Print out 50 flyers from the website. Find them at: http://www.occupyboston.org/flyers-print-and-post/
Hand them out downtown, at the grocery store, at the big discount store. Post them at coffee shops, bus stations, anywhere that seems appropriate. Be considerate of local cultural preferences relative to posting on telephone poles. While there are laws allowing and preventing, there’s often a local preference that may be worth respecting.
3. SET UP and/or STAFF A TABLE IN YOUR TOWN
Get a card table and set it up downtown somewhere. Or at a busy bus or train station. Wherever there’s a lot of foot traffic. Print out a bunch of flyers from http://www.occupyboston.org/flyers-print-and-post/ And just go sit at the table and answer questions. The first time will be hard because you’ll be learning at the same time you’re answering questions. But it’ll get easier. Print out the FAQ from the website and bring them with you. Make sure to check the FAQ sometimes, because there are updates as we figure out other stuff people want to know.
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