The Volunteer Initiative Program
Building on its rich past in which volunteers have helped shape the founding and mission of Andover Newton Theological School, I am pleased to announce that the school is launching a Volunteer Initiative program by which we seek to enrich the resources available to us and to model the role, and importance, of volunteers in ministry.
In this first year of the program we hope to partner with an initial group of people who will agree to serve on a regular basis in each of the four areas of the school’s life; Academic, Administration, Community Life and Buildings & Grounds. The leaders in each of these areas have identified tasks that will help develop and sustain their work. The time needed can be adjusted to the volunteers schedule, but it is hoped that some regular pattern will be developed.
There is also a need to build a list of persons who can be called upon to assist in short term projects when, for instance, special programs are being offered or when major mailings need to be processed.
We are pleased to also announce that a volunteer group is at work on a proposal to come before the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Faculty. It will address the rapidly growing need to prepare persons for Interim Ministry. In addition a highly skilled volunteer will be working with the Building & Grounds Department to help do much needed work on the buildings.
While the program is in its infancy, and hopes to develop in a way that makes it sustainable, we are learning as we go. For this reason we are eager to hear from any who have time and skills to offer. Such gifts are important ministries in themselves and as one volunteer has said “volunteering has been as much a gift to me as it has been the school.”
We can effectively use persons who have the following skills; computer, organizational, filing, research, mechanical, painting, plumbing, office procedures, secretarial, public relations and communication to name but a few. The list is not exhaustive. Whatever your interest and skill may be we can put them to use.
In addition we are eager to have volunteers whose interest is in gardening assume responsibility for one or more of the flower beds that are around the campus (a great project for a local church!). Further it will be a huge help to have a list of those persons who might be available on a relatively short notice to come in to assist in a particular hands-on project or with the myriad tasks around the school’s special events.
More notice of the Volunteer Initiative will follow, but in the meantime should you have interest in offering your services for any length of time or for any particular area please contact with George Sinclair who is helping to put the program together. George himself is doing it as a volunteer and can be reached in any one of the following ways;
- US Mail: George H. Sinclair, Jr., 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
- Phone: 617 965-6045 x 203
- Office: Dabney Hall, straight ahead as you enter the building.
He will welcome your calls and be glad to have you stop by, but since he is not always at the school please feel free to use either his email or US mail address.
We are eager to hear from you.
You can use one of the following forms to complete a Volunteer Profile:
"Snail Mail" Volunteer Profile (A Word document you can print and mail)
Interactive Volunteer Profile (A Word document you complete and e-mail). Instructions on how to complete and e-mail the interactive form can be found here.
Updated April 2, 2007