Volunteers needed for Seattle DTV Assistance Center!

Seattle-based media democracy group Reclaim the Media and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Educational Fund are seeking volunteer assistance providers for the Seattle DTV Assistance Center*, to help local TV viewers make the transition to Digital TV on Feb. 17, 2009.

The center will provide information and assistance to targeted local community members regarding the DTV transition, including instructions on acquiring and installing DTV conversion boxes. Our services will particularly target vulnerable populations, including people of color, elders, non-english speakers, and people with disabilities.

Volunteer assistance providers will commit to volunteering approximately 8-10 hours a week for six weeks (Feb. 1-Mar. 15), plus 3-4 hours of training in late January.

Volunteer assistance providers will be compensated with a small stipend.

Responsibilities for assistance providers will include:

  • answering general phone questions concerning the Digital TV transition;
  • helping provide in-person DTV trainings at various locations
  • helping staff DTV information tables

Some work can be done at home, and some at training/office locations.

Requirements/desired qualifications:
Volunteers must:

  • be comfortable talking with people of diverse backgrounds
  • have regular access to email and the Internet
  • have access to transportation needed to reach training locations
  • attend 1-2 training sessions scheduled in late January
    Foreign language ability is a plus.

Apply by sending a brief email by Jan. 23 stating your interest and confirming your availability 8-10 hours a week from Feb 1-March 15. Email application to Karen at seattledtv@reclaimthemedia.org, or call 206.508.1277, ext.120.

Other volunteer opportunities may also be available, including staffing tables at events, promotion, and one-off training opportunities. Contact Karen at the above phone number/email address for details.

* The Seattle DTV Assistance Center is a project of Reclaim the Media, in association with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Educational Fund and the Youngstown Cultural Center. Organizational partners include the City of Seattle, Seattle Housing Authority, and others. If your organization would like to get involved or would like to have DTV trainings conducted at your facility or for your constituents, contact us at karen@reclaimthemedia.org, or call 206.508.1277, ext.120.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey