Friends of Nelson always needs volunteers for its many activities, events, and outreach programs. To get a sense of who our volunteers are and what they do, please take a moment to read through the information on this page. We invite you to join us in our fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by volunteering for Friends of Nelson. We are always looking for new volunteers and would like to put your skills to work! If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our online Volunteer Contact Form.
Current Volunteer Needs
Friends of Nelson is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:
Friends of Nelson Web Team Member (posted April 27, 2017)
Friends of Nelson is looking for a volunteer Web site editor/administrator to add to its Web team. The volunteer will be responsible for maintaining the In the News (http://friendsofnelson.com/news/) page (and possibly various other pages) on the Friends of Nelson Web site and occasionally writing and publishing posts about current issues and events on the main page of the Web site (as a backup for the lead Web editor, who maintains the main page and many of the pages on the Web site). Maintenance of the In the News page requires regular checking for news articles related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Friends of Nelson (articles are usually found on Facebook, news feeds, or through various organizational email lists), writing and posting brief summaries of the most important and relevant aspects of these news articles, and archiving news articles on the Web site on a monthly basis.
The volunteer should possess skills in writing, should be able to work as part of a team, and should have some experience using WordPress or another similar blogging platform (and/or the ability to quickly learn how to use such a platform). The time required for this volunteer position averages 6–10 hours per week; additional time will be needed during busy periods for Friends of Nelson and when the volunteer is acting as a backup and writing posts for other members of the Web team.
This person in this position will be selected, guided, and trained by the Web team.
Assistant to the Treasurer (posted April 27, 2017)
The Assistant to the Treasurer will help with requesting payments for expenses, keeping track of donations and other financial aspects of Friends of Nelson operations. You will not need accounting or bookkeeping skills but must be accustomed to working with numbers, balancing accounts, being detailed oriented and well organized. You should be able to use and have email, mobile phone, a printer and access to Excel with entry level knowledge to keep simple lists. The job can be handled in two to four hours a week and will be guided and trained by the Treasurer.
Editor – Internal News Briefing Report (posted April 27, 2017)
Friends of Nelson is seeking a volunteer who would be responsible for the creation of a regular newsletter of links to important news articles that cover a variety of topics related to Friends of Nelson’s interests in opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (such as energy, solar, Dominion, politics, regulations, science, climate change, other pipelines, civil disobedience, meetings, etc). Friends of Nelson Board members will email article links to the newsletter editor, and the editor will compile a newsletter from these links that contains short descriptions of the articles of interest. The newsletter will then be distributed to the Friends of Nelson Board, staff, and volunteers. Examples of a similar compilation of news articles can be seen here: http://www.abralliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ABRA_Update_125_20140414.pdf.
We are looking for a volunteer who is interested in the news, creative in thinking, and self motivating and who has the ability to write very short descriptions of news articles and the imagination for creating a communication worth reviewing and reading. The volunteer must have good writing skills; the ability to use email, MS Word, and other file formats; and access to the internet, a computer, and email. The volunteer should be capable of working independently but must also be able to communicate and coordinate with other Friends of Nelson volunteers, staff, and Board members. The time required for this position will likely be a few hours a week but will vary depending on the current news, the number of links sent by Board members, and the activity levels of Friends of Nelson and the pipeline company. The person for this volunteer position will be selected, guided and trained by a Friends of Nelson Board member.
Tabling Volunteer at the Farmers Market, May–October, one Saturday each month, from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm: Duties include assisting with setting up and taking down the booth and welcoming members of the public and providing them with basic information about Friends of Nelson and the proposed pipeline, such as providing a brief review of recent activities (in answer to “What’s the latest?” questions), a brief response to the “Is it a done deal?” question, and a brief synopsis of current petitions. For all other questions, tabling volunteers should invite the person to write his/her question, along with contact information, on a form, and responses will be provided by Friends of Nelson Board members.
Tabling Team Captain: In addition to the general volunteer duties, Farmers Market team captains will pick up booth materials (tent, table, chairs, banners, signs, petitions, T-shirts, caps, etc.) from a residence in nearby Horizons Village at 7:00 am, lead other volunteers in setting up the booth, take down the booth after the market closes at noon, and return all materials to storage. Team captains must be physically capable of setting up the shelter and moving the materials. Training will be provided.
Note: Friends of Nelson is always looking for volunteers to support our work in opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. While we have a current need for volunteers for the positions posted above, we are always looking for volunteers in a variety of areas, and we welcome and encourage prospective volunteers to get in touch with us about the ways in which they would like to volunteer for Friends of Nelson. Get in touch with us by filling out our Volunteer Contact Form today!
What Do Volunteers Do?
There are a variety of ways you can help Friends of Nelson in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline:
- Staff the Friends of Nelson tables at events like the Nelson County Farmers’ Market (and the markets in Charlottesville and Scottsville) and at events like the public meetings we hold throughout the year.
- Distribute “No Pipeline” pamphlets to businesses and public locations throughout Nelson County.
- Place “No Pipeline” signs along our highways (and replace the signs when they get mowed).
- Help with setup and takedown of chairs and tables, etc., at events.
Whether you are outgoing or shy, deeply informed or just learning about the pipeline, a Nelson County native or a newcomer, there are ways you can contribute to the effort to protect our beautiful county and preserve private property rights. We hope you’ll join us in this all-important battle.
Who Are Friends of Nelson’s Volunteers?
Friends of Nelson would not be able to do the important work of protecting Nelson County without the time, energy, and enthusiasm of our many volunteers. You may see some of our volunteers out in the community, while others work in less public ways to help protect Nelson County. Take some time to read the volunteer profiles below and get to know the faces and stories of a few of our volunteers.
“I volunteer to help Friends of Nelson because I believe the ACP should not be in Nelson County. Friends of Nelson is indeed a friend of Nelson in the best sense.
I help out ‘tabling’ at the Farmers’ Market. At the end of the market day I’m pretty tired but very energized. Those who stop by typically either want to be educated on the issue or want to express their anti-pipeline support.
A natural gas pipeline intrusion into Nelson concerns me on many fronts. I treasure our sweet well water, our creeks and the Rockfish River, our air and soil quality and the beauty of Nelson. These amenities could easily be negatively affected by such activities as blasting, drilling long pipeline tunnels through mountain tops, clearing a 125’ path through steep slope forest and under waterways, and using immense quantities of our water for testing pipeline leakage. All this to say nothing of the remote but real possibility of an explosion.
Any large fossil fuel project, which this clearly is, would extend the use of bad energy and reduce an increase in renewable energy. With the fact of climate change, such projects are unconscionable.”
“I volunteer for friends of Nelson because I feel that it is my duty to not just the wonderful community of Nelson County, but to all the people in this beautiful world. Your voice is only heard if you use it. Strength in numbers people!”
“I volunteer for the Friends of Nelson’s stream water quality monitoring program. Led by Trout Unlimited, this program is conducted in Virginia and West Virginia on streams that would likely be affected by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Our first meeting with Trout Unlimited personnel was about a half day, and we all discovered the importance of the monitoring of the fresh water streams that are so near our homes and which we believe will be impacted by the intrusion of the ACP project.
Our monitoring sites are on Davis Creek, which flows into the Rockfish River, then to the James River. After selecting two appropriate sites, we began putting our training class into actual practice. We spent about four hours the first day ‘getting our feet wet.’ Although my working life had been in the engineering field, I was surprised to find that stream monitoring is quite different, in that we are dealing with an ever changing, living body that is so crucial to all of us. Measurements of the pH factor of the water, the turbidity (measure of water clarity), water temperature, and water level are done by methods which we had to hone in the field. The more we have done this at our two sites, the more we realize how dynamic a small stream can be.
I am enjoying this experience and feel that it is a way I can contribute to a worthwhile cause in our state and here in Nelson County.”
“I volunteer for Friends Of Nelson because I’m wanting to get the real information out to folks about the ACP and do what I can to help make sure it doesn’t get built.”
“In addition to attending Friends of Nelson meetings and group events/actions, I recently volunteered at Charlottesville’s Veggie Fest, to help spread the ‘No Pipeline’ message and help people understand the issues surrounding the proposed pipeline. It was an enjoyable and rewarding few hours, connecting with local residents, many of which were somewhat in the dark about the pipeline and the issues pertaining to it. It was a pleasure to help out, and I look forward to the next opportunity!”
Add your face to our group of friendly and passionate volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Contact Form.