Keep Austin Beautiful
Fall 2008 Site Review
At Keep Austin Beautiful, I work as a Special Events Intern. KAB is a local non-profit organization under the umbrellas of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. It is a small, grass-roots group consisting of the Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Education Manager, and my supervisor, the Events Manager. All areas of the organization bleed into one another. For example, the Events Manager often needs volunteers for large events and the Education Manager will need additional help at smaller events hosted by schools or other non-profits. As a Special Events Intern, I too worked among all the areas of the organization while focusing on events management.
KAB has three goals: to clean, beautify, and educate Austin on environmental conservation. For the Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup, I recruited volunteers for the after-party by making postings on KAB’s online database and made personal inquiries. I also made cold calls to approximately fifty local businesses seeking door prize donations and sponsorship for the event. For smaller events, I frequently posted volunteer opportunities on KAB’s database as well as on other local volunteer networks. E-mail communication was frequent between myself and volunteers, as well as with contacts for such groups as the Junior League of Austin. I did a lot of research the second half of the semester for the Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon to be held the next year. This included looking for fresh ideas about raffle prizes and then trying to find local vendors from whom we could get donations for both raffle prizes and other items, including flowers and décor. Much research was also done to compile lists of award nominees and suitable venues through local papers, the internet and e-mail and phone communication.