Below is important information. Please read it completely before your info session. Thank
What you need to know before attending an
Please read carefully:
You will meet with Bill
Blackman, the president of Hearts & Minds. He will talk with you about the
organization, how volunteering works, your areas of interest and skills you'd like to improve.
He is happy to answer your questions. The info session usually takes
about an hour.
We are an
all-volunteer organization. All positions are unpaid. We provide
A few work
study programs require substantial money contributions from
us to another nonprofit. We unfortunately do not have the budget for this. These volunteers may raise their own matching
funds. If this applies to you, you can ask your school how this works, and
you're also welcome to contact us
with your questions.
We are currently doing a
thorough evaluation of our work. Our activities are subject to
We do not
accept all applicants. Some programs are not very active at this time. If you
have any questions, you can ask before
If you’re interested in art,
photography, writing, graphic design or website development, please
bring links to your web pages or samples of your work. We don’t need to keep
your work, just to
take a look. If you're not interested in these areas, none of this
We're officially open for volunteers 1 PM - 6 PM Mondays, 10 AM - 6 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 AM - 3 PM Fridays. Substantial additional
hours including evenings and weekends may be available for selected
Volunteering outside our
office: Some types of volunteer work
can be done remotely. This includes starting local chapters of the End Poverty Campaign.
For this, we would ask you to call and actively recruit people.
Experienced website developers/programmers
also can work outside our office.
If you are interested in
volunteering outside our office, please contact us.
Info sessions are held in
our office most Tuesdays at 3:00 PM.
This is subject to change, so we strongly recommend you confirm in
can also participate by phone or Skype*. If you can’t make
our regular time, we
can arrange an alternative.
*Our Skype is: greatchange
Please call us if you're unable to attend
when you scheduled.
What to wear and
Please bring the original and a
copy (black and white is fine) of your government-issued photo ID such
as your driver’s license or passport.
Please also bring proof of your current address. This can be the
original and a copy of your most recent phone, electric or similar bill.
We require these things
to be sure all our volunteers are who they say they are, for
everyone's safety. We keep the copies in a secure place, but we
still suggest you do not bring anything that includes your social
security number or credit card info.
If you are under 18,
your student photo ID is acceptable. We will need to see a
copy of a parent or legal guardian’s ID and their most recent bill
as explained in the bullet point just above. We accept volunteers under 14 years of age
only if accompanied by a
parent or guardian each time they volunteer here.
Please bring a resume if available.
You can dress casually. Jeans or
shorts and sneakers or sandals are fine. (Clothing required. : ) Please do not
ever visit our offices in sexually provocative clothing such as very
short shorts, sagger pants, etc.
Even if you know the city
well, we recommend you print out and bring
to our office. When you arrive here,
please use the intercom phone on the right front doorpost. Our
extension number is listed there.
We look forward to meeting
Everyone who volunteers at our office is required to
sign our Volunteer and Intern Introduction and
Agreement before working with us. This is usually done during the
info session, so you have a chance to ask questions, but you can
email or call and ask to speak to Bill
Blackman about it in advance, as well.
Here's a brief
Copyright Agreement we make with some
professional writers and artists who allow us to publish their work.