Volunteer

Make an impact by sharing your skills

Volunteer with Us

Hundreds of volunteers play a key role in the success of our entrepreneurs every year. Empowering entrepreneurs starts with community support. Volunteers have amazing talents to contribute to our organization, and we do our best to match volunteers to customized opportunities at Ventures. We occasionally have one-time or specialized volunteer opportunities, but our greatest need for volunteers are for Business Basics Course Coaches and Retail Store Volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Ventures, get started by:

Class Facilitator

The Ventures volunteer class facilitator role is a unique opportunity to use your facilitation skills, paired with a passion to empower entrepreneurs to build their business in the 8-week Business Basics Course. Specifically, facilitators help clients ask questions in class and use students’ comments from the Zoom Chatbox to create a collaborative and judgment-free learning space. We need a total of two coaches, one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking, to fill the volunteer facilitator role.

Responsibilities

  • Attend all eight classes.
  • Articulate client questions and help them communicate with the instructor.
  • Organize the Zoom Breakout Rooms by assigning volunteer coaches to clients.

Time Commitment

  • Volunteer Orientation: Wednesday, June 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • English Business Basics Course: Thursdays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. via Zoom, starting July 2 – August 20
  • Spanish Business Basics Course: Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. via Zoom, starting July 1 – August 19

Qualifications

  • Interest in and enthusiasm for Ventures’ mission to empower low-income entrepreneurs.
  • Basic knowledge and/or experience that relates to entrepreneurship.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to collaborate on projects and assignments.
  • Must be able to suspend judgment and listen deeply.
  • Must be patient and understanding of the many personal and systemic barriers to business ownership that our clients encounter.

To apply, please email volunteer@venturesnonprofit.org and submit your resume by Friday, June 19, 2020.

InnoVentures

InnoVentures is a unique program that provides a chance for Ventures business owners from the food, product, and service sectors to pitch an innovation that will increase efficiency and grow sales for their business to a team of judges. Contestants work with coaches to refine their ideas and a guest panel judges will score the pitches over a series of events to determine winners. Winners will earn prizes and resources to expand their enterprises. To apply for either position, email volunteer@venturesnonprofit.org to let us know that you are interested – we will begin recruiting for InnoVentures 2021 in late 2020.

Pitch Coach

The InnoVentures Pitch Coach is a unique opportunity to use coaching skills, paired with a passion to empower entrepreneurs to build their business. Specifically, coaches help contestants interpret and integrate the judges’ feedback into their pitches in a collaborative and judgment-free space for learning.

Pitch Interpreter

Volunteering as an InnoVentures Interpreter is an opportunity to use your Spanish-language skills to empower entrepreneurs on stage. You will be expected to attend each event and provide on-the-spot, simultaneous interpretation for business pitches.