volunteer

ASAP’s downtown St. John’s location relies on about 30 volunteers per week, in a variety of roles, including Snack/Set-up Coordinators; Transportation Chaperones; Table Hosts/Opening Activity Leaders; Artist Assistants; and Studio Assistants. For the 2016–17 school year, ASAP will not take place at the downtown St. John’s location, but rather ONLY in the partner schools.

ALL program staff, whether paid or volunteer, are required to attend ASAP’s child safety training and submit to a background check. Volunteer opportunities this year include, but are not limited to:

Snack Sponsors through ASAP’s No More Starving Artists! program

Snack Sponsors organize healthy snacks for about twenty students (per week, per program location). Sponsors may choose to serve one week, several weeks, or an entire session. They plan, purchase, and coordinate serving simple, healthy snacks at a designated location.

Studio Assistants

Studio Assistants work in the schools, assisting ASAP teaching artists, and are the primary support to the students enrolled in ASAP. Studio Assistants help maintain a safe studio environment and encourage students during their lesson, often working side by side with them.

Floaters and Subs

ASAP understands that not everyone can commit to 7–8 weeks of service. People also occasionally get sick and should not work around children, so need someone to fill their place for a day. Volunteering at ASAP does not have to be all-or-nothing: our roster of substitutes and floaters includes people who may be able to help some weeks but not others. ASAP is grateful for any time you are willing to give.

Admin Support

In addition to direct-serve program volunteers, ASAP benefits from the day-to-day services of  individuals willing to lend their organizational and management skills to assist with program administration.

Committee and Board Leadership

Arts for the City, Inc., is led by a small and active board of directors, supported by several functioning committees, such as Fundraising. Community leaders interested in helping grow the ASAP organization may inquire about getting involved in these ways.

To volunteer with ASAP, or to learn more about ASAP volunteer opportunities, contact Michelle Bolton King at director@asap-dsm.org or call 515-770-3380.