Be a MASS AWIS volunteer!

Volunteering is an opportunity:

To expand your network – meet new and exciting people in diverse backgrounds, make important contacts, expand your career options.

For personal growth – build new skills or refine existing skills, gain leadership experience, learn about teamwork.

To give back to the community – support a cause and make a positive impact.

MASS AWIS welcomes and appreciates any volunteers and has a variety of options available in the following committees. We ask that volunteers be members. While we welcome general volunteer inquiries, we also have specific volunteer positions we are seeking.

​Interested in volunteering? Please contact the respective committee chairs at the links below.

Volunteering Opportunities

Communications Committee

Our committee is responsible for advertising about MASS AWIS’s events including mentoring circles and leadership programs and scholarship announcements.

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in gaining marketing experience. Potential tasks include maintaining our listserv, website (WordPress), and/or social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram) including designing marketing materials for MASS AWIS events. We are also looking for a volunteer interested in using our social media data to analyze trends and make suggestions on how to improve our marketing. No experience necessary.

Time commitment: ~2-3 hrs/month, varies depending on assignment; a few times a year, more substantial time may be required.

Contact the Communications Chairs

Events Committee

The Events Committee organizes 10-12 social and educational events annually for the STEMM community here in the Greater Boston area. Join us to strengthen your leadership skills, network with diverse professionals in STEMM!

We are looking for volunteers to plan and execute events, typically held monthly. Activities include coordination of speakers, locations, and refreshments, management of registration for the event and interaction with the Communication Committee to market the event.

Time commitment: Twice-yearly meetings. Volunteers are expected to participate in organizing 2-3 events/6 months. For each event there will be a small team event planning by phone and email (~1-3 hrs/week in advance of event). Note that this time occurs in peaks. It is likely that the tasks you are assigned will require little effort for a few weeks and then lots of attention during short spurts of time.

Contact the Events Chair

Outreach and Engagement Committee

The Outreach & Engagement Committee aims to build awareness and further the growth of MASS AWIS, improve our members’ experience, and support and develop strategic plans and initiatives. If you want to develop leadership skills, expand your network, and give back to the community, join our team!

We are looking for volunteers to network at local events, helping recruit new members; host table at MASS AWIS event registration to sign up new members and help explain the benefits of membership; help come up with strategy to increase diversity (field of study, career level, and employment sector) and number of members; help develop handouts for new members; collect and analyze data on membership.

Time commitment: ~3 hrs/month. Shared responsibility for attending internal and external events and periodical phone meetings to discuss strategy.

Contact the Outreach and Engagement Chair

Mentoring Committee

The mentoring program aims to help both mentor and mentee to set important development goals and competence for their career. We are currently looking for volunteers to help run our mentoring program. Throughout the volunteering experience, you will have a chance to lead/co-lead an event, as well as serve as a connector of our mentoring circles.

We are looking for volunteers to help manage annual mentoring circle program. Activities include mentor and mentee recruitment, application update, circle matching, circle management, resource packet assembling, planning of mentor training events as well as the kick off and end of year celebration events.

Time commitment: May-Sept (2-3 hrs/week); Oct-April (2-3 hrs/month).

Contact the Mentoring Chairs

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee manages all MASS AWIS scholarships. We are responsible for coming up with scholarship policies and workflows. Volunteer activities include soliciting and reviewing applications, awarding scholarships, tracking awardees to ensure they are getting the most of their scholarships.

Time commitment: ~1-2 hours/month but may be more concentrated around application review times.

Contact the Scholarship Chairs

Treasury Committee

Join the treasury to strengthen your skills in general financial oversight, budget preparation, financial reporting, banking, book-keeping and record-keeping.

We need volunteers to assist in the following:

  • Downloading PayPal transaction records and comparing with registration record from Constant Contact to summarize revenues from each event
  • Issuing reimbursements as requested and compile, request and record receipts
  • Working with all the committees to draft the budget for the year
  • Providing Budget overviews, updates and concerns (if any) to quarterly board meetings
  • Facility with Microsoft Excel is a plus

Time commitment: 2-4 hours a month, but can vary

Please contact the Treasurer for further information.

Sponsorship Committee

The Scholarship Committee cultivates relationships with potential donors to obtain sponsorship in support of MASS AWIS mission and events. We also maintain a sponsor database and ensures appropriate acknowledgement of donations upon receipt. The committee strives to advocate, connect, and build bridges between MASS AWIS and the sponsor community.

We are currently seeking volunteers to:

  • Secure funding and resources through networking and engagement with current and potential sponsors
  • Source and apply for grants to support MASS AWIS
  • Represent the sponsorship committee at MASS AWIS events
  • Collaborate with the Event Committee to ensure sponsors’ interests are represented at MASS AWIS events (e.g. advertising, sponsor participation)
  • Attend quarterly committee meetings

Time commitment: 2-4 hours/month, but can vary pending availability.

Please contact the Sponsorship Committee Co-chairs for more information.