Below are the officer descriptions as described by their current position holders:
President: As president of Lending Hearts, my job is to oversee everything as a whole and make sure this organization is running smoothly. This includes organizing both officer and general meetings, delegating tasks to each officer, registering Lending Hearts for orientation events as well as other tabling opportunities, and maintaining records of all important organizational paperwork. In addition, you will be in charge of contacting and meeting with non-profit organizations for partnerships, donations and etc. Although this position may seem overwhelming, you will always have guidance and help available to you from your co-president (Christine Kwak) as well as the founders of Lending Hearts. Also, don’t forget that you have seven other officers behind you who are more than willing to help see that this organization flourishes. I promise you that this position will pay off as it will not only improve your leadership and communication skills but you can see first handedly, the impact that this organization has on the UT and Austin community.
Vice President: The position of Vice President it to keep track of LH member’s activity. The position of Vice President, like all other officer positions, does require a time commitment in order to successfully manage and lead this organization.
Vice President responsibilities include:
- managing service/fundraising/social hours
- GM attendance
- membership dues
- organizing officer elections
- organizing an officer retreat
As vice president, you will be in close contact with the current president and will resume their role if the president is absent. This position will improve your leadership skills and give you an insight/experience on what it takes to run an up and coming organization.
Secretary: As secretary, my duties may seem very overwhelming. Once you get the hang of the it, the tasks won’t be difficult at all. When you get the job, it may feel like a technological position, but you get to reach out to all of our members. You’re almost like a personal assistant to the organization.
- Sending out overview and reminder emails to members, ‘
- Creating sign-ups for the service, fundraising, and social events
- Linking the sign-ups to the website and updating the website with the events
- Working with the UTListserve
These are not the only duties that I perform, as being a team player allows me to help others where they may need it. There is always room for improvements and changes that may bring more growth to Lending Hearts.
Treasurer: Go ahead and be the next treasurer for Lending Hearts; just as long as you make sure you have good attention to detail and time management skills. The roles of being a treasurer can vary from managing fundraising events, such as setting up profit shares with food chains around our vicinity to setting up ushering events for our members to volunteer for. Money management is definitely a given. Weekly deposits, updates, as well as keeping logs of incoming and outgoing revenue for the account balances should be made. Granted, while it does sound like a handful, it’s all worth it.
Co-service Chairs: As a service chair of the growing organization that is Lending Hearts, one has to network within the Austin community. Lending Hearts in turn will gain opportunities to help out the community. You must take into account, however, the busy lives that all us UT students maintain, and seek service events that are likely to be convenient for the most amount of members. In addition to making this happen, you must also keep in contact with coordinators of events, organizing rides, and sorting out all information in a detailed fashion to members. Every other week, you will present your ideas to fellow officers, and make it happen from then until the day of the event.
In the past 2 years of being service chair, I would greatly hope that future service chairs find events that truly do help out those that are in need, and lend their hearts into everything they do.
As Co-Service Chair you help play a big role in the organization, because you schedule and plan all the service events. It’s important to have a good sense of time management and be organized, since there are different service opportunities and details to stay on top of. It’s very rewarding, because after searching and planning the event it is always nice to see the members go out and enjoy themselves. Don’t forget for yourself too! At the end of the day with service comes companionship, so have fun and know that between you and your fellow co-service chair, you’ll do great!
Social Chair: As a social officer, your duty is to create enjoyable socials for the members and create officer socials as well to allow bonding between members and officers. The Social Chair should also try to be outgoing and keep an eye out for everyone to be included in activities! General meeting icebreakers and the banquet is planned by the Social Chair as well. Responsibility, punctuality, and great bonding ideas are great qualities that aide in being a great social chair. If you have fun ideas and like to interact with people then Social Chair is a great position to consider!
Public Relations Chair:
The PR Chair is responsible for creating:
- Marketing materials for Lending Hearts (Tabling, fundraising and promotional fliers, images, posters, labels, signs etc.)
- PowerPoint presentations for the general meetings
The PR Chair is also responsible for maintaining Lending Hearts’:
- Website (WordPress)
The PR Chair has to be a strong communicator that can work well with others and take direction well. There is a lot of room for creativity and the opportunity to take initiative. Take advantage of this position to outreach to other organizations and nonprofits (UT/Austin Community) to spread the word about Lending Hearts. Have fun with it.
Alright everyone, we hope this helps you in your application process. Apply away! Good luck!