Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Define Volunteer

What is a volunteer? Kernerman English Learner’s Dictionary offers the best on-line definition:

 - to offer oneself for a particular task, of one's own free will

The volunteers with the Friends of Reston Regional Library, Inc., do offer themselves for MANY particular tasks, of their own free will. They are an enthusiastic, energetic, friendly bunch.  To us, our volunteers are friends, colleagues, lifelines, and a vital part of keeping this enterprise going in order to serve our community. We (the Board of Drectors) wish there was some way to express adequately how much we appreciate each and every one of our volunteers.

As the economy changes, and the FCPL budget shrinks, Friends groups will play an even more vital role in supporting our libraries and communities. Reston Friends needs volunteers in many areas of expertise, not solely for book sorting and handling. As noted previously, to work as a sorter or with the majority of positions connected with the book sale, you must be able to do physical labor. But there are other skill sets that would help us guide the Friends of the Library through these uncertain economic times. If you have been thinking about volunteering with us, and have any of the following skills, please e-mail us
  • Public Affairs - generating community interest with both the public and organizations in the Friends and the Reston Library; retail/customer experience or marketing.

  • Accounting/Finance - cashiering, bookkeeping, IRS and corporate filings, financial planning and budgeting.

  •   eCommerce/Web - selling books online and creating an internet presence.

  •   Writing/Blogging - writing articles for the newsletter, helping with content for the blog, minutes from meetings.

  •   Legal - assisting with Board governance, legal rights and responsibilities of the organization, advice

  •   Membership - maintaining membership database; membership retention; expanding membership

  •   Specialized knowledge/skill - to evaluate specialty books or high value books, for example foreign language, music, arts, sciences, etc.
We'd love to have you join us, and did we mention that we get great food? Click to e-mail us or use this address:  We're looking forward to meeting you!
Photos by Darlene


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