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Volunteer positions are now open!

(Or click here to download a pdf copy of the Volunteer Application.)

Volunteer opportunities are always available. AACF encourages everyone in the metro Birmingham area and in the state of Alabama to take an active role in the Foundation's events and programs through volunteerism, which may be through either personally considering service or encouraging someone else to do so.

You will gain the opportunity for personal and professional growth, as well as community service or internship hours/credits for academic requirements. You will also develop a greater sense of community while helping to advance our mission.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Event Assistant

Marketing Intern

Board Member

Advisory Committee Member

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Event Assistant

Throughout the year AACF hosts special events to raise funds that support the mission. Our annual events, such as the Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival, require much volunteer assistance.  Our volunteers make our events a huge success!

Areas of Volunteer Interest:

  • Hall Decoration

  • Table Decorations

  • Photography

  • Soliciting Ads, Donations, Sponsors

  • Food/Beverage Service (must be 19 years of age or older)

  • Admission

  • Entertainment

  • Bazaar Sales

Marketing Intern

We are looking for an enthusiastic marketing intern to provide creative ideas to help achieve our mission. You will have administrative duties in developing and implementing marketing strategies.

As a marketing intern, you will collaborate with our marketing and advertising team in all stages of marketing campaigns. Your insightful contribution will help develop, expand and maintain our marketing channels.

This internship will help you acquire marketing skills and provide you with knowledge of various marketing strategies. Ultimately, you will gain broad experience in marketing and should be prepared to enter any fast paced work environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data from marketing campaigns

  • Perform market analysis and research

  • Support the marketing team in daily administrative tasks

  • Assist in marketing and advertising promotional activities (e.g. social media, direct mail and web)

  • Prepare promotional presentations

  • Help distribute marketing materials

  • Manage and update company database and customer relationship management systems (CRM)

  • Help organize marketing events

 

Requirements:

  • Strong desire to learn along with professional drive

  • Solid understanding of different marketing techniques

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office

  • Familiarity with marketing computer software and online applications (e.g. CRM tools, Online analytics and Google Adwords)

  • Passion for the marketing industry and its best practices

  • Current enrollment in a related BS or Masters degree

Board Member

Major Functions of the Board of Directors:

  • Make policy

  • Take responsibility for strategic planning

  • Be responsible for fund development

  • Assume fiduciary oversight

  • Interact and advocate within the communities

  • Oversee the management function

  • Review the performance of the board and president


Specific Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with and follow the Bylaws as adopted

  • Attend a minimum of four board meetings per year

  • Actively participate in the decision making process

  • Serve, as appointed, on at least one board committee during the year

  • Participate in any training provided by the Foundation

  • Review and oversee financial reports and other materials prepared for the board

  • Make a personally meaningful financial contribution to the support of the Foundation and actively participate in solicitation and fund development efforts

  • Communicate issues that infringe on responsibilities or may cause a conflict of interest

  • Subordinate individual interests to the needs of the organization as a whole

  • Respect and maintain confidentiality

 

Personal Qualities of Effective Board Members

  • Possess the ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group.

  • Have a willingness to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, and conduct a self evaluation.

  • Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, including cultivating and soliciting funds, cultivating and recruiting board members and other volunteers, reading and understanding financial statements, and learning more about the substantive program area of the organization.

  • Possess honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit's development, and a sense of humor.

Advisory Committee Member

The Advisory Committee to the Board serves as a critical community champion of the AACF. Members of the Advisory Committee share their gifts in service to our mission by providing our organization with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues or peers; their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance. The Advisory Committee has no governing function within the organization.


Reasons for creating an Advisory Council:

  • Provides a means for involving people who are willing to give critical assistance but have limited time

  • Provides a means for involving people who would have been good candidates for the board of directors, but who are unable to serve right now

  • Provides a way to keep critical supporters connected to the organization

  • Creates a direct link to important professional and technical expertise

  • Energizes Advisors as ambassadors for the organization in the community

  • Recognizes individuals for their distinguished service

  • Assists in efforts to increase philanthropic support

  • Enlists help from others without enlarging the governing board

 

Structure:

  • Elected by the board of directors

  • Up to three, two-year terms

  • A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 slots

  • Open invitation to attend board meetings, but in non voting capacity

  • Could have an ex-officio position dedicated to a particular institution (e.g. president of a civic club or university) or even government officials (e.g. Two Senators, Governor, Mayor)

 

Expectations:

  • Act annually in some significant way to support the organization’s mission (e.g. expert advice, door opening, funding or fundraising)

  • Allow the organization to publicize their name and participation on the Committee, list name on letterhead and other communications

  • Attend events such as the annual meeting and special gatherings

  • Keep informed about plans, activities and needs of the organization

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