Volunteer Role Descriptions

Project Volunteer

Explore OUT4S as a project volunteer! Get to know the organization by supporting anything from a communications campaign to your local Earth Gay service project. Additional ways to get involved on a short-term basis include:

  • Write up your Greener Pride! Share what about your environmental action you’re proud of. From cycling to recycling, forests to food, you ARE making a difference and we want to tell that story!
  • Send us your sustainability journey story as a blog post on out4s.org that we can share on social media. It may sound intense, but these stories are incredibly powerful. You don’t have to be perfect to do this work. If you’re here, you’re likely making a huge difference that you might not consider grand, but that’s the thing… it’s our collective action that changes the world. Inspire someone today! Contact Gerod to get started: gerod@out4s.org.
  • Contribute to OUT for Sustainability. We run on a remarkably small budget and every dollar literally counts. We stretch your giving more than you can imagine by leveraging partners to amplify their work and together make a difference in pursuit of a fabulous planet.

Regional Lead

OUT for Sustainability (OUT4S) Regional Leads manage local action in their city, state or otherwise defined area. They are primarily charged with coordinating events in their community, such as Earth Gay and OUT4S salons. They determine the needs of their area, in coordination with the SERVE Committee, and ensure the OUT4S mission and brand is aligned with actions.

Term and Time:

  • One year, currently no term limits
  • Estimated 10 hours per month

Participation:

  • Recruit, direct and cultivate planning team members
  • Coordinate and attend two or more (ideally quarterly) local events per year, such as an Earth Gay and a Salon.

Committee Member

OUT for Sustainability (OUT4S) committee members actively contribute to their committee in keeping with their charter and the direction of the committee co-chairs. Members both inform and execute on the strategy of their committee.

Term and Time:

  • Six months, currently no term limits
  • Estimated 5 hours per month

Committee Co-chair

OUT for Sustainability (OUT4S) committee Co-chairs work together to manage the strategic direction, tactical activities and members of their committee, in adherence with their charter and direction provided by the board.

Committees include:

  • MANAGE: Operations/Finance
  • ADVANCE: Fundraising/Partnerships
  • COMMUNICATE: Outreach/Content
  • ADVOCATE: Education/Fab Planet
  • SERVE: Community action/Earth Gay

Term and Time:

  • One year, currently no term limits
  • Estimated 15 hours per month

Participation:

  • Recruit, direct and cultivate committee members
  • Attend Fab Planet and local events

Board of Directors:

OUT for Sustainability (OUT4S) Board members determine and support the strategic direction of the organization, including maintaining its functional and financial stability. Board members are charged to make certain that the organization stays true to its mission and vision. Board members are sought to reflect a variety of skills, perspectives and experiences to strengthen the organization through diversity.

Term and Time:

  • Two years, currently no term limits
  • Estimated 15 hours per month

Retreats and Meetings:

  • Two retreats per year (Fri-Sun)
  • Four calls per year (two hours)

Communications:

  • @out4s.org email during your term
  • Respond to email within two days

Participation:

  • Active member of one+ committee
  • Attend Fab Planet and local events

“OUT for Sustainability has been a marvelous volunteer experience, devoid of cliques and cattiness that you might encounter in other queer groups. Board and Committee members open up their homes to host meetings forging strong connections where they share their food and their passion for OUT for Sustainability. I was inspired to become more involved, because you see the personal investment within this group and you can’t help but join in the fun and volunteer.
I feel my time is respected when OUT for Sustainability Committee’s meet. The team leaders are skilled facilitators who allow everyone’s ideas to be heard, politely discussed, and then help the group focus on an agreed course of action. The result of these meetings, is that everyone volunteers to take action and actually follows-through on time. This leadership spills over into each event’s management, making it a very pleasant experience for volunteers and the public. I can’t help but want to volunteer more for this group.”

– Jennifer Frey, LEED AP O+M
Consultant with Sellen Sustainability and OUT4S Board Member Emeritus