Interpersonal Skills

works well with others

Book Sale Coordinator

Coordinate the organization of and carrying out our annual book sale with the help of a planning committee and event volunteers. 

Detailed Description: 
The annual Book Sale, held on a Saturday in January or February, is one of the most fun events at QUUF! The foyer and fellowship hall turn into a big used bookstore for the day, where you can buy a year’s worth of terrific books donated by a well-read community. The sale is planned for and carried out by a team. The coordinator provides overall organization of the event, including organizing volunteers and interfacing with the QUUF staff. S/he also coordinates or delegates meetings, advertising, signage, event layout and all the other details of carrying out a book sale. New in 2017 is a private reception/pre-sale scheduled for the evening before the public sale.Most of the coordinator’s work is during the week of the sale. Four to six planning meetings take place over the year, mostly in the fall or in the month following the sale. Two people could share this role.
Service Term: 
Less than 3 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Deepen relationships by working with other QUUF members and friends. That’s the best part! Use your organizational skills to bring in funds for the QUUF budget. Provide an opportunity to the general public to visit QUUF and talk with our members/volunteers. Get ‘first shot’ at the best collection of books in the area!

Skills Needed: 

Organization and positive encouragement of a team. Good decision making and respect for others’ ideas and skills. Average skills with Microsoft Office, email and other online tools of your choice. A love of books!

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Jean Walat and other current book sale organizers are available to orient new volunteer.

Contact Person: 
Jean Walat
Contact Person Email: 
jmwalat@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Filled

Green Sanctuary Committee Chair

Facilitate meetings and help promote the 7th UU principle to “respect the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part”.  

Detailed Description: 
Work with staff, board liaisons, Social Justice Council, and the greater Jefferson County community to further the purpose of the committee. The Committee encourages the congregation to learn about and take action to promote sustainability and care of our environment. We encourage personal lifestyle changes and congregational practices to reduce our carbon footprint. We work to heal environmental injustices, especially those affecting native peoples. We strive to incorporate ecological conscience in religious education and worship. Our theme since 2015 has been “Global warming, climate justice and the Salish Sea”. Activities that are undertaken depend upon the passions and interests of the individual members and opportunities that often arise – like a new movie opportunity, or whom we select for the EcoHero Award. Examples of committee action include conducting environmental audits, collaborating with Social Justice Council efforts to promote Climate Justice, sponsoring films and presentations with other groups, supporting environmentally related RE programs and services, and advocating for legislation that promotes our values.We usually meet once a month. Time required is about 6-8 hours most months (September – June) but more in October (Harvest Festival), March (World Water Day), April (Earth Day), and if other elective opportunities arise. Term 3 years.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

For those seriously concerned about the future of life on earth, this committee is a great way to feel like you are doing something about it. Sharing concerns and positive actions with like-minded folks can be a great relief. The chair of this committee has a great opportunity to learn and exercise leadership skills and get to know other leaders through the Leadership Assembly. The congregation benefits from the work of the committee, since the committee offers ways that everyone can contribute to help address environmental crises and climate disruption.

Skills Needed: 

Passion for doing something about Global Climate Disruption, Ability to prepare for and facilitate meetings, willing to motivate people to take action, able to listen and be accepting of different opinions, Patience with small steps in the right direction.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Outgoing chairs are willing to work closely with incoming chair.

Contact Person: 
Peg Hunter, Patrick Johnson
Contact Person Email: 
spiritbearpeg@gmail.com, patrickjohnson01@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
8

Denominational Affairs Committee Chair

Lead the committee that works to publicize and promote the values and concerns of Unitarian Universalists beyond the Congregation walls.

Detailed Description: 
The chair convenes periodic meetings that include discussion of denominational concerns, UUA proposed statements of conscience, etc. The committee apprises QUUF membership and encourages attendance at the national General Assembly and the Pacific Northwest meetings. You work with the QUUF Social Justice Council and publicize national and regional events, utilizing bulletin board displays and posters.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Chair and committee members gain knowledge of the broader concerns of Unitarian Universalists. The congregation gains an education in areas covered by the UUA.

Skills Needed: 

Ability to communicate, some computer skills, organizational ability are helpful in this role.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Former committee chair, committee members, workshops at General Assembly and PNW meeting.

Contact Person: 
Julia Cochrane
Contact Person Email: 
willowtree@olypen.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Julia Cochrane
Date Filled: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Hours per Month: 
3

Rummage Sale Volunteer

Sign up and help make the annual Rummage Sale, held in September, successful. Help sort, price, work the day of the sale, help box up after, many jobs availalbe.

Detailed Description: 
The office puts out a signup sheet a few weeks before the sale. As a rummage sale volunteer just sign up on the signup form for as many or few hours that you can spare. The crew will help you find a place and welcome your help in unpacking and pricing and arranging the treasures. There are always a lot of good laughs during the course of the day. The sale is held the weekend after the Wooden Boat Festival and help is needed starting on the Wednesday before and continuing through the completion of the sale.
Service Term: 
As needed
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Benefits can be a fun loving sense of comradery working together on this project, it is a community building activity and also raises valuable funds for the fellowship.

Skills Needed: 

A good sense of humor and fun when unwrapping the treasures and setting up the sale, putting price stickers on and placing on tables.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

So many helpers have done it for years and they will help out in any way they can. The chair will give hands on guidance to new volunteers (who will be considered seasoned volunteers after the first hour!)

Contact Person: 
Nils Pedersen, Kate Lore
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open

Rummage Sale Chair

Make sure all the moving parts are in place for QUUF's one day Rummage Sale, held annually in September. 

Detailed Description: 
As chair there is some pre-planning, lining up volunteers, working the week prior to the sale, and being the one in charge on the day of the sale.The chair makes sure there is an ad in the Leader for the Wednesday prior to the sale, Check in with Mack Boelling about putting up the sale signs on the street corners the of the sale. He does this every year. Have supplies on hand such as good quality price stickers masking tape, etc. On set up days (Wed through Friday before the sale day) the chair welcomes workers and helps them figure out where and what they would like to do: unpack stuff, price items, arrange on tables, etc. The chair keeps everyone on task and makes sure we don't have too much fun! The sale is always on the weekend between Wooden Boat and Film Festivals in September. The time commitment for set up is Wednesday prior to the sale through Friday, 10 am-4pm. On Saturday it is 8am-3pm (or until all cleaned up) Open to the public from 9am -2pm. Ideal to have two coordinators.
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

It is great fun working with so many good people helping to put the rummage sale on and meeting and making new friends.This sale is not only a fundraiser for the Fellowship, but a nice community builder for everyone helping. The sale also serves the larger comunity outside the Fellowship when they come to the sale.

Skills Needed: 

Sense of humor and the ability to unpack and to price treasures. (Pricing is an imperfect science which steadily improves over the setup days.) Also need to be able to tell all the wonderful helpers where they are needed. So many have been doing this for year, they know everything.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Training will be provided by an experienced crew.

Contact Person: 
Nils Pedersen, Kate Lore
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

Order-of-service Folder

Complete a nice, simple job preparing the Order of Service in the warm atmosphere of the QUUF office.

Detailed Description: 
This opportunity involves folding the Order of Service and the occasional use paper cutter to cut inserts. This essential activity takes place Friday afternoons. The schedule is somewhat flexible, but usually runs from 12:30pm or 1pm until 1:30pm or 2pm. The service opportunity usually involves one hour of service, weekly. Time commitment is 5-6 hours per month depending on what needs to be folded, such as additional copies of order of service when holidays or special events come along.
Service Term: 
As needed
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

QUUF benefits from an essential service that reduces the workload of the Office Manager and frees her up for more technical duties.  The volunteer enjoys working on a weekly basis with fun and positive people in the QUUF office!

Skills Needed: 

Fold paper carefully and use paper cutter. Be dependable and reliable.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Office manager trains volunteers.

Contact Person: 
Office Manager
Contact Person Email: 
officemgr@quuf.org
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
5

Common Read Coordinator of the Social Justice Council Steering Team

Lead the annual Social Justice Common Read program.

Detailed Description: 
Each year the UUA chooses a social justice book as a common read. A decision needs to be made – will we use the UUA book? Will we choose our own? The coordinator organizes this process and organizes any discussion groups as follow-up. The Coordinator begins this process in September or October when the UUA’s choice is announced and asks for volunteers to read this book. Coordinator orders books to share; some readers may purchase their own. Readers discuss with the Social Justice Council Steering team and decide on a book. Then a series of plans must be made: will the book discussion be an ALPS class? What format will be used to discuss the book? Who will organize, recruit, and facilitate the discussion? Estimated time per month is 3 hours per month during the service which will end after the book discussion in the spring.
Service Term: 
3-6 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The common read books are inspiring, and that benefits to both the coordinator and the congregation. The discussions are informational and are linked to UU principles. Being the coordinator is a way to make connections and build community.

 

Skills Needed: 

Coordinator should have good organizational skills and the ability to follow up and communicate.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Chairs will assist.

Contact Person: 
Diane Haas
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled

Auction Leaders

Lead the team that oversees QUUF's largest fundraiser, held in November.

Detailed Description: 
If you are organized, willing to facilitate meetings, and like the idea of helping QUUF with its biggest fundraiser party of the year, this opportunity is for you. The auction is held in November and people are eager to help with advertising the event with colorful artwork at QUUF, soliciting and gathering auction items, creating the catalog, setting up on the day of, and working during the party in various capacities. But we need two co-chairs and 2-3 others willing to oversee the project from planning to completion. There are 1-2 meetings during the summer, 2-4 meetings in September and October, 1-2 final meetings in November. You keep the church office informed and provide announcements for the Weekly Bulletin, etc. You keep track of the recruited volunteers, send emails as needed, The day of the auction is busy with set up and then the party. Many of the people on the various auction teams have been doing their job for years, which makes things go smoothly.
Service Term: 
3-6 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Make new friends while you help the congregation with one of the most important events of the year. Hone your leadership skills and exercise your creativity to make a fun event

Skills Needed: 

Positive, can do attitude, good organizational skills. Willingness to speak in front of the conversation a plus. Basic computer skills.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Training and assistance comes from the prior leaders of the auction.

Contact Person: 
Carol Graves
Contact Person Email: 
colorqueen4@gmail.com
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Open
Date Filled: 
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ALPS Co-chair

Facilitate teams which run the popular Adult Education Program.   Hold the big picture and oversee the running of the program, including visioning and budget.

Detailed Description: 
Chair meetings, develop and monitor budget, facilitate goal-setting and report to the Board, and liaise with staff, attend Leadership Assembly, coordinate sizable, multi-faceted operation (currently some 15 teams), recruit members (many long-standing members remain committed members), provide enthusiasm to keep committee engaged.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Benefits for the congregation: provides opportunities for people to share knowledge and talent and opportunities for people to learn: brings new people into the fellowship, develops community within the classes. Benefits for the co-chair; personal connections of the team, sense of contributing by facilitating a great program, opportunity to use organizational and community-building skills, the satisfaction contributing substantially to QUUF as well as to the larger community.

Skills Needed: 

Organizational and facilitation skills, ability to see and managed the big picture, rudimentary computer skills.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Current and former chairs are still involved and eager to train and mentor. Merilee will end her term in June of 2018, Paul in June of 2019.

Contact Person: 
Paul Loubere
Contact Person Email: 
seaberelou@yahoo.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
2
Availability: 
Position Filled
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Hours per Month: 
10

Board of Trustees Member

The Board provides the general direction of the Fellowship and establishes policies and procedures for the operation of the Fellowship. 

Detailed Description: 
Board members are elected by the Fellowship after being nominated by the Nominating Committee. The Board meets monthly. A board member is also a liaison with three QUUF committees and attends their meetings as may be required, keeping both the Board and the committee advised of matters pertaining to both. Board members also attend the quarterly Leadership Assembly meetings and the annual Board Retreat. The Board reviews reports from the Treasurer, ministers, staff, and from the committee liaisons as appropriate. The Board plans for the future of the Fellowship. In the name of the Fellowship, the Board receives and holds all real and personal property acquired by the Fellowship.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Serve with other committed QUUF members for the benefit of the Fellowship. Make new friends and deepen relationships with '"old" friends. Learn and participate in the operations of the Fellowship. Help provide for the future direction of the Fellowship.

Skills Needed: 

Good listener, work well with others, analytical, willing to work through differences with respect for each other, open to compromise, dependable in carrying out one's assigned duties with competence.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Board retreat, talk with current members

Contact Person: 
Nils Pedersen
Contact Person Email: 
nilspedersen@q.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
5
Availability: 
Position Filled
Date Filled: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Hours per Month: 
6