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Experienced Writers or Writing Teachers Wanted!

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ORGANIZATION: The ALS Association: MN/ND/SD

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Calling skilled writers or teachers of writing! We are looking for a volunteer facilitator for "The Write Stuff," our writing club for people living with ALS. If you have experience with writing or teaching memoirs, fiction, poetry, or all three, you could make a great leader for this group. The club meets online once a month from 1:00-2:30 CST, typically on the 3rd or 4th Thursday with some variation for holidays. Meetings are casual, focused on conversation and building camaraderie. Between meetings, the group uses an online form called Padlet to communicate with one another and share their work. We'd ask this volunteer to post prompts twice a month (on the 1st and 15th) to promote writing, spark conversation, and keep up engagement. When participants post work on the forum, we'd also ask the volunteer to read it and give constructive feedback. Both in the club meetings and on the forum, we're seeking a volunteer who can create a safe, fun environment that encourages people to write and builds a strong community of people living with ALS who love writing. This role would start in September and be ongoing. There are currently 10 people signed up for the group in its regional format: beginning in the fall, the group will be open to participants across the nation, with a 30-person maximum. We do anticipate this group being popular and would love a volunteer to help us make it an enjoyable experience!

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About The ALS Association: MN/ND/SD

Location:

1919 University Avenue West, Suite 175, St. Paul, MN 55104, US

Mission Statement

To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

Description

What is ALS?

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system. ALS results in the progressive weakness of voluntary muscles which often leads to total paralysis. There is no known cause or cure for ALS. People with ALS typically live between two and five years after being diagnosed.

How does The ALS Association help?

We fulfill our mission by offering programs, services, and equipment free of charge to anyone affected by ALS residing in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

  • Durable Medical Equipment Loan Pool
  • Communication and Assistive Device Program
  • Family Respite Services
  • Volunteer Help
  • Support Services

Our work is funded by individual donations and the money raised by our special events.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Arts & Culture, Health & Medicine, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Reading / Writing
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Online meetings (1.5 hours/month), posting prompts to forum (twice a month), monitoring posts and giving feedback to participants (weekly)
  • Our Volunteer Engagement & Arts Program Manager will be interviewing applicants to make sure that we find a good fit on both sides!

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