CWS Incubation Lab Volunteers
Are you creative and passionate about solving global challenges? Become a CWS Incubation Lab Volunteer to get involved in developing innovative new projects to build a better world.
The CWS Incubation Lab is currently accepting applications for volunteers for Fall/Winter 2017 and Spring 2018. Volunteers must be able to commit no more than 8 hours per week.
CWS (Church World Service) is an international humanitarian and development organization that seeks “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” For more than seven decades CWS has been transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. We work in over 20+ countries, providing refugee assistance, disaster relief, and sustainable self-help. Our volunteers organize around 900 CROP Hunger Walks and distribute CWS Kits for disaster relief around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.
To continue advancing our mission in a rapidly changing world, we are developing a CWS Incubation Lab as a launching pad for testing and investing in new ideas. We believe that when people and organizations work together, their impact is greater than what each could do individually. We strive to become experts at designing and implementing groundbreaking projects, facilitating collaborative partnerships, and enabling people to generate innovative solutions to complex problems. CWS is looking to engage new audiences, and the younger generation is a key demographic. You can help by joining the Incubation Lab.
CWS Incubation Lab’s Vision Statement is:
Before the end of 2017, identify 3 effective new vehicles for fund-raising (i.e. coming up with a methodology of harnessing funding more effectively) through better engagement from a diverse audience, leveraging technology & forging new partnerships.
The CWS Incubation Lab is looking for volunteers who want to develop their practical skills and be involved in a few different ways under the direct supervision of the organization’s Executive Vice President. We are looking for volunteers to be involved with one of our three main projects as well as someone for a few broader volunteer positions. The four positions are as follows but not limited to:
- Enough4All Project Volunteers
Enough4All aspires to build a global community of people who are using their creativity to build a better world and inspire others around the theme of “enough for all.” We will host online campaigns, featuring the arts, to generate media and discussion around particular issues or themes. In addition, we will coordinate in-person events in different cities.The volunteer will be trained in planning and implementing events and campaigns and will participate in sessions designed to facilitate information sharing and idea generation around these issues. Tasks may include organizing event business plans, planning events, and engaging in and growing a virtual community.Potential volunteers would preferably live in the NYC area to be fully involved in monthly events, but this position is not limited to location and is looking to expand network/outreach. Individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered, but interest in the arts is a plus.
- Refugee Crowdfunding Volunteer:
We are in the beginning stages of creating a crowdfunding campaign to enhance our donations for our work pertaining to refugees and refugee resettlement in the US.We are looking for ambitious college or graduate students who are looking to apply their knowledge of fundraising, donor management, community outreach and social media. Expertise is not a must, but a general knowledge and an interest in developing one’s skills in this area are required.
- 100-Mile Walk Volunteer:
The 100-mile walk is a yearly event with the following objectives:
- Engage business and community leaders in community-building and volunteerism;
- Raise awareness about hunger, food, nutrition, and poverty;
- Highlight the work of the thousands of volunteers for CWS’s CROP Hunger walks;
- Raise funds for CWSIn this project, the volunteer will learn the application of community organizing in the real world by providing support for this year’s walk beginning ASAP with a preferred six month commitment. Estimated time spent on the walk’s preparations will be about 8 hours a week, rising to 15 to 20 hours when the walk commences this coming Fall.
- Incubation Lab Volunteer
The Incubation Lab is constantly researching new, creative ways of incorporating innovation within humanitarianism. As the lab is in its second year, there are already many ideas and potential projects under way along with other potential concepts that require more in-depth research.Volunteers in this general position would be expected to be involved and participate in all stages of our incubation process (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smv5qqhMWW4). This opportunity will also demand forward thinking and ingenuity for any task given. Continuous research for projects, ideas, and initiatives is a must, as well as constant communication with project leaders and teams.
The majority of this work may be conducted virtually, although candidates who wish to work on-site in the organization’s Incubation Lab office in the Church Center for the United Nations (Midtown Manhattan, NYC) may be able to do so.
Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position.
Please make sure to submit a letter of interest and resume. Volunteers are needed on a rolling basis and as soon as possible.