SOAR’s Annual Online Auction Starting at 10:00am EST TODAY!!

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Grant Waiting: "We have seen her smile, heard her voice and felt her touch"

Eden-2-214x300 Our family knows Eden.  We have seen her smile, heard her voice, and felt her touch.  One of us used to sleep right next to her for years, bonded to her like a sister.  This is why, as a family, we have been raising funds toward an agency grant for Eden to help alleviate the costs of adoption for a yet-to-be-found family who will eventually bring her home and provide her with the love, stability, support and medical treatments she needs.

Over the summer, we had a yard sale and also sold things at local consignment stores.  Friends and family donated items they no longer needed for us to use for this purpose.  Thank you to all who gave and made this fundraiser possible and to my cousin Maria for all of her help.  Along with a few additional cash donations, we raised $550.  The money has been paid into an agency grant fund designated for Eden at Hopscotch Adoptions and will be provided to the family committed to adopting Eden after a successful registration trip.

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If you have not started your AdoptTogether account yet, fix that too. 

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Internship Position Available at Joint Council on International Children’s Services, Alexandria, VA

Looking For A Summer Internship?  It Is Not Too Early To Apply.

Internship Position Available at Joint Council on International Children’s Services, Alexandria, VA

Who We Are
The Joint Council team is a small, collaborative group of professionals who work together closely while maintaining individual responsibility for designated projects.  Joint Council’s office consists of six full and part-time staff and two to three interns working in the heart of Old Town Alexandria right outside of Washington D.C.  It is a fun, vibrant office, with a youthful atmosphere while still providing a professional workplace experience.

This is a great opportunity for college or graduate students to gain hands on experience in the field of children’s welfare.  In the past, our interns have been young professionals and students interested in such areas as: social work, international relations, law, government relations, and even exchange students.  We have a wide range of opportunities. Please see Information below for specific internship opportunities.

Ideal Candidates
Interns receive the opportunity to learn about a variety of issues that impact child advocacy, orphan care and adoption issues.  Ideal applicants would have an interest in international child welfare issues and advocacy.  Candidates should be detail-oriented, self-starters, and organized professionals or students who will provide general support in communications, research, and projects.  This position also requires strong communication skills, initiatives, and multitasking.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is vital.  Knowledge of website development/maintenance is a plus.  If you have any other skills/talents that may be helpful, make sure to include it in your resume.

Open Positions
2013 Partnership Intern: For an individual interested in assisting with Joint Council’s Partnership program and annual Partnership campaign.

Duties could include such tasks as:

  • Solicit partner renewals, respond to partner inquiries, and perform other work to support partner retention objectives
  •  Process partner forms and payments, maintain accurate database and website information
  •  Produce regular partner updates and partner feedback reports, and assist with partner projections and tracking reports
  •  Coordinate delivery of business leader and supporter benefits
  • Write, update, and revise partner-related mailings
  • Maintain updated partner policies and procedures
  • Perform other related duties as required, including assistance with partner recruitment
  • Maintain and update partner listservs
  • Other duties, as assigned

2013 Symposium Intern: For an individual interested in assisting in implementing and participating in Joint Council’s fundraising and outreach events.

Duties could include such tasks as:

  • Responsible for assisting in implementing and participating in organization’s fundraising events, including online and in-person events, during internship.
  • Responsible for assisting in implementing and participating in the organization’s 37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium to occur in May 2013 in New York.  (Travel details and onsite experience tbd).
  • Assist with planning of special events, including meeting with event committees, developing community resources, generating new ideas and attending event meetings. Work with development staff to increase quality of events.
  • Assist with special event mailings, publication design, logistical tasks for events, phone calls related to donations, and other tasks as determined necessary by development and event staff.
  • For the Symposium: Assist with tracking all workshop presenter materials (bios, class descriptions, AV needs, VIP badges/registration) and contacting them about their workshop times and locations; Collect presenter materials and prepare for workshops; Prepare Room Host materials for every workshop; Assist in meeting presenters the day of conference and directing them to their assigned workshop location.
  • Outreach, marketing and material development for all events. Additionally, intern will have the opportunity to work on projects involving marketing design, strategic planning, and social media strategy during the Symposium, allowing for valuable experience in the field of communications.
  • Other duties, as assigned

Please note: As Joint Council is a small work environment, all interns and staff help with everyday duties such as answering phones, taking messages, responding to email requests, database management, formatting mail merges, handling UPS/FedEx pickups, and photocopying.

How to Apply
Submit a one-page resume, cover letter, and writing sample via e-mail to: Rebecca Harris at Please make sure you include your contact information and the days of the week you are available to work (not binding, but your best guess).  Let us know if you are particularly interested in an aforementioned project, or if you have your own ideas of how you can help advocate for children and what you want to gain from your experience at Joint Council.  Please put “Joint Council Internship” in the subject line.

A Couple Notes

  •  Joint Council Internships consist of a minimum of 25 hours per week a six month commitment.  However, we prefer year-long internships.
  • Internships are unpaid positions but can meet credit criteria for undergraduate or graduate practicum with approval from the respective college or university.
  • Applying early is strongly encouraged as candidates are selected on a first come first serve basis.

Congrats to K. Ehlers – Star of the Quantum House Fundraising Promo Commercial!

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