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Featured Volunteer Needs – March 2018

RIS Volunteers
RIS depends on volunteers to make our mission a reality. Here are the volunteer opportunities that we are currently looking to fill:

Public Relations and Marketing Committee

Marketing Committee Member -
Rein in Sarcoma’s Marketing Committee will develop a comprehensive communications plan that will market and promote the mission of our organization. Committee members will make sure that our marketing tools will follow the organization’s brand. Marketing tools include but are not limited to: website, newsletter, social media, training, PowerPoints, letterhead, t-shirts, and print materials.

Website Designer:

The Website Sub-committee is looking for a volunteer with website design experience to assist the team in enhancing the user experience on our website. Prior experience with WordPress, our website platform, is a plus. Volunteer would work remotely, however, they would need to be able to meet in person quarterly with the website team, at a central Twin Cities location.

For more information about this volunteer position contact Deb Cossette by email.

Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form

Social Media Sub-Committee:

Rein in Sarcoma is seeking a dedicated volunteer who is interested in assisting with social media, primarily Facebook. This volunteer should be organized, creative and have some experience with graphic design and photo editing. As part of the Marketing and Public Relations committee, it is preferred they are able to attend monthly meetings. Social media posts should be engaging, educational and insightful. Volunteer should be willing to seek out sarcoma stories in the media, local stories of sarcoma patients, educational articles about sarcoma, it's various treatments, recent research, articles about survivorship, caregiving etc. Volunteer should also become familiar with our website and stay updated on current Rein in Sarcoma news and events.

For more information about these volunteer positions contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3 or by email.

Apply for these positions at: New Volunteer Form

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2018 Sarcoma Research Grants

2018 Research Grant presentation to UMN

Presentation of the 2018 Research Grant to Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. (l to r), Blake Hastings - RIS Vice President, Tom Boardman - RIS Development Committee Chair, Janelle Calhoun - RIS Executive Director, Dr. Douglas Yee - Director, Masonic Cancer Center, Dr. Brenda Weigel - Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

We had a very successful year of RIS grant proposals from the University of Minnesota, receiving 11 proposals. Six outside expert reviewers provided feedback on the proposals. Based on their review and the UMN faculty recommendations, the following four proposals, with a total award of $148,000, were approved by the Rein in Sarcoma Board of Directors on January 22, 2018. This brings Rein in Sarcoma’s cumulative research funding close to $2 million since the organization’s 2001 inception.

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The Auction Committee needs YOU!

Silent Auction
We’ve already begun work to ensure a fantastic Silent Auction at the 2018 Party in the Park. The auction is a major component of the fundraising that occurs at Rein in Sarcoma’s signature event. There are many ways to get involved and participate to make the auction a success. A primary task is identifying and obtaining great items for the auction, so if you have a large social network, love personal interaction and aren’t afraid of rejection- this is for you.

We’ve put together resources on the types of auction items that do well and tools you’ll need to solicit auction donations, including an example solicitation letter and 2018 Gift-in-Kind form.

We also need people to go online and request donations from corporate sites – great if you want to contribute to the effort from home. Anyone with savvy computer skills is welcome to work on printing display placards. Volunteers will be needed to stage the auction on July 19th. And of course there is lots to do the day of the event, as we load and unload the auction truck, set up, run, and break down the auction. If you are interested or have questions please call Jason Patalonis at 651.221.0273 and bring a friend!

We will meet as an Auction Committee at the upcoming Party in the Park Kickoff meeting – Tuesday, March 13th at Summit Brewery – we’d love to have you join us. All our welcome, but come prepared to share ideas, brainstorm and roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Want to work on auction item solicitation with others? Join our volunteer solicitation working groups – at the RIS Fridley Office:

Thursday, March 22nd 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 27th from 11 AM – 12 Noon

Thursday, March 29th from 2 – 3 PM

Sunday, April 8th from 3 – 4 PM

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