NW RAGE is looking for volunteers!

We need volunteers! NW RAGE is one of the only groups in the Northwest working on the issue of genetic engineering, and the more people we have, the more we can accomplish. If you'd like to get involved, here are some examples of the kinds of opportunities we have available, and what skills we need. This list is by no mean exhaustive, so if you have something to contribute that's not on the list, please contact us and tell us what you want to do!

For our GE-Free Restaurants Campaign we need people who can:

1. Take the time to visit restaurants and make deals. We need people who have the time to go to restaurants during the day and meet with managers and owners to discuss this campaign with them. You would need to have a good understanding of GE foods, the work and philosophy of RAGE, and should be patient and flexible enough to work with very busy people and remain in constant contact with them. You will work to convince restaurants to join the Campaign and figure out what items on their menus could be GE-free. This is a very rewarding role for a people person.

2. Research. As more and more restaurants are contacted, the need for further research will increase. There is so much we still need to understand regarding food distribution systems and which companies are using GE foods. There are many products that may or may not contain GE items and each company needs to be contacted individually to find out what they are using. Also, distributors who can provide low-cost GE free products such as cheese still need to be found. This would be a great position for someone who wants to help out but prefers not to work directly with restaurants, who doesn't have the time to visit restaurants, or who loves doing research.

Both of these roles offer volunteers a great chance to learn more about Genetic Engineering and raise awareness of this issue in the community. We will work closely with our volunteers to ensure that they feel comfortable with what they are doing and that they are enjoying themselves. There are several components to the work that needs to be done for this campaign to be a success, so different people can apply the skills they are most comfortable using to this project.

Another one of our active campaigns,The Healthy Homes and Farms Campaign, also needs volunteers. Ideally, we are looking for a Coordinator who will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing literature production
  • Coordinating petitioners
  • Entering pledges into database
  • Plotting pledges onto interactive web map
  • Coordinating lawn sign production and distribution
  • Presenting monthly report to group
  • Providing pledges with info. (such as for neighborhood associations, etc.)
  • Facilitating meetings between neighbors
  • Planning land pledge recognition party sometime this year

Of course, this is a lot to ask of one person, so if you are willing to take on even some of these tasks, it would be a huge help. If working with either of these campaigns interests you, please contact us! Or, if your interests lie elsewhere, we also need people for:

  • Petitioning for The Healthy Homes and Farms Campaign
  • Creating literature (writing, design, art, etc.)
  • Tabling at events and farmers markets
  • Heading up our public meetings once per month
  • Translations (any language)
  • Web design/graphic design/ internet skills
  • Research (for GE trees campaign and others)
  • Flyering
  • Folding/stapling of materials

Summer is fast approaching, and it's a great time to get out and talk to people about food and what sustainability means to you. So, if you are interested in volunteering, you can contact us by email, call us at 503-239-6841, or come to one our public meetings, held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at our office, 3347 SE Belmont, number 5 (above the Belmont Inn). Come get involved!