Volunteer opportunity! Help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Great Lakes West Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is looking for PR Volunteers. The JDRF Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter Communications Committee is seeking PR, marketing and advertising professionals/students interested in volunteering to support the non-profit organization’s communications efforts in the fight to cure Type 1 Diabetes. Committee members will be asked to support a variety of communications tactics, including: writing and distributing press releases, PSAs and media pitches; developing digital media/social media content; creating and designing ads; etc. Requirements include participating in a monthly conference call meeting (one hour) and assisting with the aforementioned tactics. The Chapter’s geographical coverage area ranges from Kalamazoo to Traverse City, so this is an excellent opportunity for students and new professionals to strengthen skills, develop new contacts and network with key voices across West Michigan. If interested, please contact Joe DiBenedetto, Communications Committee Chair: jdibenedetto@lambert-edwards.com.

Judge Another PRSA Chapter (and get a Free Lunch)!

Ever wondered what public relations professionals in other parts of the country are doing? Here’s an opportunity for all WMPRSA members to not only see some of the campaigns, social media and products other agencies put together, but to actually judge them. You may also be inspired by some of their creativity.

Please join us as we judge the PRSA Capital Region (in upstate New York) entries for its upcoming Empire Awards.

When: Thursday, Sept. 13

Where: Cornerstone University, Hagar Conference room | 1001 E. Beltline Ave., Grand Rapids

What: Lunch will be provided and you get to hang out with some fun WMPRSA members while helping another chapter.

Time: 11:30 – 1 p.m.

RSVP – Kelli Cottrell at kelli.cottrell@cornerstone.edu

Riverbank Run Looking for Volunteers

The 2011 Fifth Third Riverbank Run will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2011 and they need volunteers that we're hopeful WMPRSA will be able to supply.  Volunteers in the Race Information area are stationed in pairs around downtown on race day, and they are tasked with giving directions to and answering questions from runners and spectators. A good general knowledge of the downtown area is important, as many people will ask questions about race logistics, hotel locations, restaurants, among other things. Each volunteer will be provided with all of the race-specific information they would need for their assignment. They will also receive a free T-shirt, lunch and drink pass for the post race party held on Calder Plaza after the race.

Anyone WMPRSA members who are interested can contact Andrew Tierney at (616) 653-538.