The Mommies Network Introduction

Our Mission is to provide a safe, secure, FREE place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers and to empower them to be better women, parents and community leaders
The Mommies Network is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping moms find support and friendship in their local community. We were founded April, 2002 and currently have 119 communities in 33 states, with over 30,000 active members nationwide.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Mommies Network - Help Wanted

The Mommies Network is currently a 100% volunteer organization (except our National Sponsorship Manager who receives a stipend). We are pretty much always looking for moms and dads who want to work with us...and we encourage our volunteers to add us to their resumes and reference lists. So if you're looking to keep up or beef up your professional skills think about working with us!

Below are some roles/tasks we'd love to get some help with. Please email if you're interested in learning more or becoming a volunteer. All of these roles require someone who is self-motivated and can take a task and run with it. We're a pretty informal group and don't have a lot of extra time for training and hand holding but we're definitely available when necessary!

Blog Guest Writers - contribute stories to the TMN blog, relating to your experience as a mother (or father) and your TMN community.
Requirements: excellent written skills

Gear Pages - set up e-commerce pages for communities when they are holding a gear fundraiser.
Requirements: proficient in and own Macromedia Dreamweaver (or similar), Adobe Photoshop

Graphics - create community fliers, business cards and other standard graphics for our Mommies communities.
Requirements: proficient in and own Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat.

Graphic Designers - We have a new project starting. Our site web pages are in need of an update.
PHASE 1: Design of new pages - graphic layouts only, no coding
This part of the project would be creating prototype graphic layouts for: and all its content
All the web content for the sites except*
Design requirements:
purpose of the pages is to attract new members and new sponsors
current content must be kept
layout of content can be changed
additional content can be included
eventual pages can be coded in html or any web language as long as the language and any software needed to display the pages has a free license

Grant Writing - find and apply to grants.
Requirements: proficient in and own MS Word and knowledge of grant writing process.

HR Assistant - The duties for this volunteer position will include: Sending out exit interviews to managers, Asst. Site Administrator's, and Site Administrator's. Compiling information and distributing to appropriate staff, interviewing and hiring new Site Administrator's. Assist Operations Board in sending, receiving, and compiling reviews of all TMN staff, as well as
other HR tasks as determined by the HR Manager.

Insurance - research insurance options for TMN and provide quotes to the Board of Directors.
Requirements: Excellent communication skills, ability to email and phone insurance companies for quotes.

Legal - assist TMN with daily concerns regarding laws and legalities.
Requirements: background in law

National Newsletter - coordinate a quarterly e-newsletter, sent to our approx. 30,000 site members. This person will need to have experience writing content and creating an html newsletter. She will work with the Board of Directors and Operations Board on content, review monthly community newsletters to find information to share and help guide the process.
Requirements: Experience with e-newsletters and the ability to work independently required.

National Promotions - seek out partnerships that fit our mission, as well as find new ways to promote TMN and our blog both online and at events. May assist our National Sponsorship Manager when needed.
Requirements: Some background in promotions, excellent communication skills and a willingness to network and seek out new contacts.

Network Administrator - Do you love your role on your home site and think you can help less experienced SAs? We need you! Our NAs work with up to five site to help the SA (or co-SAs) of each community set and reach goals, find ways to better manage their team, manage site drama, and use our Network to their advantage.
Requirements: If you've been a Site Admin for at least six months or an ASA/manager for at least a year, and want to learn more about how you can help other TMN communities achieve your success (and learn from your mistakes)

PEP Team - The PEP teams work with new sites from pre-launch or sites with new SA's. If they are successful in doing this they'll be assigned at Network Admin within 3-6 months and move on to bigger and better things. PEP stands for Promotions, Events, and Posting. PEP Teams motivate, guide, assist, etc. the SAs in your "pledge class" to do three things: Get more members, Get those members to post, Get those members out to events The volunteer works with sites by visiting them daily and doing weekly/monthly reports.

Pre-Launch Team - This team will work with Karin to train new SAs. Our focus will be 4-week training sessions for new site SAs and SAs for sites coming out of Site Salvage, but we will also offer shorter sessions to train new SAs for existing sites. This team will also work with Karin, Amy, and Margie on opening "house sites"-- sites in key markets without an SA-- by helping to post, promote, and encouraging members to plan local events. They will also help recruit committee members and an SA for the site.
Requirements: This position is open to former SAs (especially site founders) and managers who left their position in good standing.

Press Releases - approve and help to write press releases for our Mommies communities.
Requirements: proficient in and own MS Word and have experience writing and distributing press releases.

Site Salvage Team - The site salvage team is reconstructing the way the team is set up so that we can better serve our struggling TMN communities. We are currently in need of the following:
Interim Promotions Managers- Will take care of contacting local newspapers, posting on craigslist, Myspace, Twitter, Facebook and the site blog. Look to hire someone from the committee to replace you.
Interim Recruiting Managers- Will take care of contacting local Meet-ups, Cafemom Groups and find any other outlet that we can potentially find a new SA or member.
Interim Events Managers - Will take care of researching FREE events in the area (including local parks). Encourage membership to host their own events. Plan a monthly chat and attend as much as possible. Look to hire someone from the committee to replace you.

Tech Team - help out with answering questions in the tech support forum. We have a test site that all tech members can access to learn or test the features on, so anyone can volunteer!

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