In It takes a village, Half Pint Pixie wrote, “I began to realise that a village doesn’t have to be a physical location.” This sentence fits with API on so many levels!
Our organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by memberships, donations, and volunteers. API accomplishes a great deal with efficiency-incurring only minimal expenses by employing a small staff, engaging a large devoted volunteer base, and managing the organization in a virtual office environment. This organizational model enables API to have global impact while getting the most out of every dollar.
Each of our staff members and volunteers, located across the United States as well as in Canada and Europe, contributes greatly to the supportive village that we offer at API and we couldn’t do it without any of them. It is with this in mind that I’d like to introduce our monthly Volunteer Spotlight of an existing volunteer and Volunteer Highlight one of our many available volunteer positions.
Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Melissa
Melissa writes, “I have been a resource leader for two years and wanted to be more active with API. When Brandy mentioned that the forum was in need of moderators and an administrator, I knew I’d found my way to give back. Having about six years of forum administration and moderation experience, this position was perfect for me. I decided to go with the administrator position and thus began a month of furious activity on my part, along with the help of everyone else from API HQ as the new Web site was being launched.
“I absolutely love being the forum administrator. Not only do I have a feeling of personal reward for having learned so much about our forum program in a short time, but I get to work one-on-one with API leaders and members from around the world. I love the way the forum has given me, and API members everywhere, the ability to connect on a daily basis. I know that the new forum and Web site is just the start of an exciting new chapter for API and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Volunteer Highlight – Events Team Members
API Events Team Members will work with a staff project manager and additional team members to organize various events that bring awareness and publicity to API. Examples of these events range from API Parent Educator Training Sessions, member conferences, a Children’s Day celebration, etc. Tasks vary greatly and time commitments are flexible.
If you believe in the value of our mission to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world, please review the Volunteer page for more information on the various volunteer positions that our organization currently has available. Please know that this list is not comprehensive. If you have talents and experience that you feel would further our mission, please email Brandy AT attachmentparenting DOT org so that we can chat about the possibilities!
– Brandy Lace, API Office Manager