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Non-profit job in Montana!

ZAG ALUM SEEKS ZAG for non-profit job in Montana!

Hope all is well in Spokane! I thought I would pass this [message below] along for any graduating seniors with an interest in promoting healthy and local food in schools. We would love to have some GU alumni in Montana next service term! If you do have any interested folks, they would be welcome to contact me with questions about FoodCorps. It is a pretty cool program. Thanks, Katie Halloran, Montana Local Food Specialist, Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative | | (406) 723-7582 |


Dear Friend of FoodCorps,

Have you been looking for an opportunity to help improve kids’ health? To get your hands dirty? To help your community thrive? To create real, lasting change that tastes as good as a freshly dug carrot and lasts as long as an apple tree?

Become a FoodCorps service member and you could get started on all of those goals in 2015! >>

Since September, our current crop of 182 service members has reached over 100,000 kids in limited resource communities around the country, introducing them to sweet potatoes, teaching them how to make hummus, bringing them out into the garden to grow seedlings into hardy greens, and giving them a shot at a healthier future.

At the same time, through their service, our members are learning new skills and paving the way towards their future careers as educators, farmers, chefs, and public health advocates.

The FoodCorps application is now open.

We are seeking up to 210 leaders to help kids in their communities grow up healthy through our three-ingredient recipe for change: food and nutrition education that gives kids the information they need to make smart choices; hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that foster skills and pride around healthy food; and lunch trays filled with nutritious meals from local farms.

Read more and apply here >>

We hope you’ll join us,

Curt Ellis
Co-Founder and CEO

Experiential Learning Opportunity: help market a start-up non-profit

Hey Zags!  Are you interested in gaining mar-comm or PR experience by helping a Spokane start-up non-profit organization?

Access 4 All Spokane is seeking any students with summer classes/internships or even fall students/class projects for this marketing project, which could offer a win-win!

Access 4 All Spokane is a team of individuals and organizations representing our area’s diversity in disability, including seniors, veterans, family members, and care providers, dedicated to celebrating and encouraging accessible and “disability friendliness”. We plan to become the recognized leader in best practices for inclusion, by providing a searchable website of local places and services that are accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities of all ages; education, training, and resources for those places that wish to be more accessible; and information to seniors, veterans, and disability groups on how to positively impact accessibility.

We have had the direct involvement of more than 60 individuals, representing more than 25 local disability, senior, and veterans groups, and all four major universities in Spokane.

We have a lot of passion about this project, direct knowledge of disability issues, and great ideas. So far, all of our work has been voluntary, while we hammer out our non-profit organizational structure and subsequent funding. We have identified a number of audiences, including the business communities, building and construction trades, people that experience disabilities, care providers and families, and so forth.

What we don’t have very much of is expertise in marketing/public relations/networking. Specifically, I think, we could use some guidance on how to organize a marketing plan and strategy, including traditional and electronic social networking, etc.

Do you know of any ZAGS who would be willing to be mentors or guides for us? If so, they could contact me at the Arc of Spokane at the number or email address below.

Thank you so much.

Dave Reynolds
Client Support Services Coordinator
Arc of Spokane

Spokane United Way has an AmeriCorps VISTA opportunity!

Join Us. Spokane County United Way has a unique one year AmeriCorps VISTA opportunity starting in July 2013!

We are seeking someone to coordinate the development and implementation of a volunteer engagement strategy.  

Applications are due by April 30, 2013.

Volunteering is key to achieving our mission which is to mobilize our community to create measurable results that improve lives. We do that by focusing on Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a good of life.  Volunteering is vital to helping us get things done for our community and is an important part of how we create relationships both at the institutional and personal level.

The person who accepts this position will work under the guidance of our leadership team and will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for volunteer engagement that will:

  • Mobilize volunteers to impact identified community issues – such as recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors for children at risk of dropping out of school or to provide free tax preparation services to low and moderate income households.
  • Encourage volunteering – Working with local non- profit organizations and community organizations to identify volunteer projects.
  • Connect people to volunteer opportunities – including arranging team projects for local businesses to recruiting individuals using social networking and traditional media.
  • Provide training and support to make sure volunteers are effective and appreciated.

If you have good planning and organizational skills, are a good oral and written communicator, and have the passion and basic organizational and planning skills to help get things done – then we encourage you to apply.

To be considered as a candidate for this position – you must apply to be an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2013. Visit their website at and find the listing for Spokane County United Way Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.

For more information about Spokane County United Way, contact Janice Marich, VP of Community Relations, 509-838-6581 x104 or e-mail her at

Unpaid Internship (Volunteer) Opportunities with YMCA

YMCA of the Inland Northwest has Two Great Opportunities to Acquire Skills and Experience!


Outside the Box (OTB) School Ambassador

Operational Unit: Youth Development
Department: Teen Program
Location: North Central High School
Duration: 3-9 months
Time Commitment: 2 days per week.  T/W/Th 2:30-5:30pm


Youth Legislature Advisor, Teen Leadership & Civics Program

Operational Unit: Youth Development
Department: Teen Program
Location: Central YMCA / Corp
Duration: 9 months (Sept-May)
Time Commitment: 3 weeknights/month + special events



Nilas-Anthony Manley (Tony) 

Association Volunteer Coordinator

YMCA of the Inland Northwest

1126 North Monroe, Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 777-9622 ext 479

The Y: We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility



The Foundation for Private Enterprise Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsoring the Washington Business Week summer and in-school programs for high school students.  Our programs are a series of intensive week-long sessions held in the summer on college campuses as well as during the school year on high school campuses.  Our goal is to promote free enterprise and give students the opportunity to learn about business, teamwork, leadership and setting real life goals.


The Foundation has been active since 1976 and is governed by a board of directors comprised of business representatives from around the state.  Currently there are nine employees at Washington Business Week.  In such a small office, it is incumbent upon all staff to share a variety of duties and responsibilities in a strong team environment. We currently are accepting applications for a Student Coordinator.



The principal responsibility for the person in this position will be to increase student and educator enrollment, market the Washington Business Week program to all public and private high schools, youth organizations and businesses in Washington. Secondary responsibilities over seeing and maintaining the Business Week Ambassador program. In addition the person in this position may be called upon to assist the student registrar during peak enrollment times.




  • · Develop successful relationships with public and private high school and secure at least one person at each school who will be the contact for Business Week activities;
  • · Develop a written plan for year round recruitment of students and educators for the summer programs;
  • · Schedule and conduct presentations to students and educators in selected high schools; using Business Week volunteers when available;
  • · Attend and work as staff for one week of the summer Business Week program (additional days if needed);
  • · Develop a communications plan supporting recruitment strategies
  • · Maintain Social Media outlets that pertains to Business Week (Facebook, Twitter, etc);
  • · Manage a database of educators and school contact information;
  • · Develop a core of Business Week volunteers who will assist in the recruitment of students and educators;
  • · Oversee our Student Ambassador Program during the school year.
  • · Assist the student registrar during peak enrollment times;
  • · Begin a plan to develop an alumni organization of past Business Week students;
  • Other duties as assigned including but not limited to writing of articles, curriculum enhancements and development;

Reporting Relationship: The person in this position will report to and be supervised by the Program Manager and Pathway Manager.




  • Preferred Recruiting Experience or working with high school age teens
  • Experience in making effective presentations to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to maintain an effective relationship with high school students and educators;
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills;
    • Excellent computer skills including word processing, Power Point, data base and spread sheets;
    • Ability to travel extensively and attend a portion of the summer programs;
    • Must have reliable transportation including insurance and have a valid WA drivers license (Foundation will reimburse a mileage amount);
    • Graduate of the Business Week program preferred;
    • Degree in business, education, communications, marketing or related field preferred.


Measurement of Success: The initial success goal will be: To have a full capacity of enrollment for all of our summer programs (capacity to be set by Staff/Board); Establish a workable written recruitment plan.



COMPENSATION:  Beginning Salary for this position will range from $34,000 to $36,000 per year, depending on qualifications. Benefits are listed below.  This is an exempt position and may require hours beyond the normal 8hr work day as well as weekends as needed.


BENEFITS included are as follows:


  • Vacation.  Ten days of paid vacation are accrued per year.
  • Sick.  Ten days of paid sick leave are accrued per year and can build to a maximum of 24 days.  Unused sick leave is not compensated.
  • Health Insurance.  Health and dental insurance are provided by the foundation following a 60 day waiting period.  This is coverage only for the employee.  Dependants may be added at a cost to the employee.
  • Holidays.  8 paid holidays for all employees.
  • Retirement.  A 401-K program is available.  Eligibility would occur at the next entry date following 12 months of employment (must be at least 21yrs of age to qualify).


All benefits are subject to change and/or elimination as determined by the Foundation.

TRAVEL:  The person in this position will travel frequently within the state, including overnight travel away from the home office in Federal Way. Applicant must provide own transportation and will be reimbursed mileage.


Your application should include a resume, references and a cover letter describing your qualifications in relation to the responsibilities listed on the position description.  Applications without this cover letter will not be considered. The position is open until filled.  Applications should be sent to Pam McKiernan, Office Manager, Washington Business Week, 33305 1st Way South, Suite B-212, Federal Way, WA 98003; e-mail to


The Foundation for Private Enterprise Education is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB ALERT: Non-Profit Positions in Seattle

YouthCare is a non-profit, human services agency recruiting for many positions now!

  • The open positions may be of particular interest to AmeriCorps Alumni and some on-call positions that may be a good supplemental position for current AmeriCorps members in Seattle.
  • These positions are all in the Seattle area.
  • We have a great need now for people with human services experience who are bilingual English/Spanish.






Crosby Student Center, Room #211

Peace Corps Info Session at Gonzaga! Wednesday 4/18

Peace Corps Visits Spokane: Apply Now to be overseas in May, June, July of 2013!

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime and a great way to get two years of international experience under your belt upon graduation. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Tuesday, April 17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Info Table @ Washington Educators’ Career Fair
Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, downtown Spokane)

6 to 7:30 p.m.Peace Corps & Teach for America Joint Info Session
Auntie’s Book Store (402 W. Main Avenue, downtown Spokane)
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Wednesday, April 18
5 to 6:30 p.m.Info Session + Application Tips
Crosby Student Center – Road to Bali Room @ Gonzaga University
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Unable to attend? Watch an Information Session Webinar on-demand! Read more about the benefits of Peace Corps service and how you can become a more qualified applicant. Or contact Gonzaga’s Peace Corps Representative, Erin Erickson at or call 206-239-6624 (Toll-free 1-800-424-8580, press Opt 1).

Interested in reading about Zag Alumnus serving in the Peace Corps? Visit: NextPCVsyou could be next!


The application process takes approximately 12 months so plan ahead, or APPLY NOW to begin your life-defining experience in May, June, July of 2013!

Post Grad Service Panel – FREE PIZZA 12:10 Thur 3/1

Attention Gonzaga students interested in Service Work after graduation:  Come learn information about various opportunities from a panel of service organization volunteers!  Hear stories, ask questions, and enjoy FREE PIZZA!! AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, JVC, and ACE will all be here to answer your questions!

Date:  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Time:  12:10 to 1 p.m.

Location:  COLLEGE HALL, ROOM 101


Interested in Policy or Government?

Then check out this great internship opportunity in Washington D.C. for the summer.  1Sky is a national climate campaign working to mobilize a broad base of support for climate change legislation in 2010 from across all sectors and communities in this country.

1Sky is looking for motivated people to intern in 2010 with the following departments this summer:

  • Organizing and Outreach
  • Internet, Film and Media
  • Policy
  • Development and General Support
  • Communications

Internships run from June 7 to August 20th. For more information on the internship check it out here.  To find out more about 1Sky, go to their website at:

Interested in Post-Graduate Service?

Get your questions answered! 

Come hear a panel of current and recent volunteers share their experiences in Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), Teach for America and AmeriCorps VISTA.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th 7pm Foley Teleconference Room

Questions?  Contact Katie Kaiser 313-6821 or

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