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Volunteer Opportunities and Committees

As a minimally-staffed, non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the help of volunteers The organization could accomplish more and do it faster if we had more people pitching in a few hours a month to help out. Here are the committees and volunteer jobs available.  To volunteer or get more information about these opportunities, call us at 650-321-2109 or email us at office@ba-fca.org

Office Assistant: General assistance in filing, updating members' files, getting out the mail, copying, working as a team with the office manager. Work from 9 a.m. to noon one day a week, twice a month, or once a month. (Please be aware that our office is not handicapped accessible as it is on the second floor and there is no elevator.)

Computer Work: This is sporadic work for special projects. Must know word processing and/or data entry and/or  a page layout program. Do at home. We need flyers, brochures, handouts, mailing lists.

Speakers Bureau: Perfect for Bureau: Perfect for those with very good public speaking skills. Be trained about this organization, serve as an understudy to another Speakers Bureau member, and eventually go out alone and speak to other organizations about the importance of pre-planning.

Workshop Planner: Funeral Education Foundation needs someone to plan workshops and seminars, line up presenters and plan activities with a timeline, obtain the sites, determine how to publicize it, and make sure everything runs smoothly within budget.

Brochure Distribution: We badly need someone to coordinate distribution of 
BA-FCA's membership brochures and  Speaker's Bureau brochures in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Right now they are being placed at senior centers, libraries, hospices, and churches on an uncoordinated basis by mail or personally by volunteers. Much more could be done.

Board of Directors: We have 12 members who serve staggered three-year terms on the Board of Directors for BA-FCA. They meet once a month in Palo Alto and serve on committees that meet in between to discuss and plan activities. Election is in March, but sometimes people do not finish their terms because of health or moving, so openings occur that are filled by appointment. Let us know if you would be interested to serve. 

Committees

FCA members are invited to work one or more committees.

Education:  This encompasses publicity, marketing, advertising, speakers bureau, brochure creation and distribution, workshops, newsletter, and research like surveying costs.

Mortuary Liaison: Visit and examine mortuaries or cemeteries, help with price surveys, keep up relations with mortuary owners, consider mortuary complaints or consumer issues, obtain agreements with mortuaries.

Nominating Committee: Three-person committee to find two to four new board members a year.

Membership Committee: Get new and continuing members involved, obtain new members.

Annual Meeting Committee: Help plan and carry out the annual meeting. Bake cookies, make signs, register attendees, etc.

Fund Raising Committee: Strategize how to support the organization, plan and help carry out projects.
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