Volunteers

Water to Thrive is a small non-profit, with just two full-time and five part-time or contract employees. This dedicated team of multi-taskers manages programs, coordinates events, finds funding, speaks to groups, and keeps our mission running. And we couldn’t do it without volunteers.

Volunteers form our Ambassador program, a group of folks around the country who make presentations about Water to Thrive and represent us at events. They have a passion for our mission and communicate our vision and our work to others who may then join in a water project campaign or funding initiative. We make their task simpler by providing such resources as photos and graphics, publications, and talking points.

Volunteers also make our events run smoothly, whether behind the scenes at our signature fundraiser Chef’s Table Austin or at smaller affair like Shop for a Cause or a holiday happening. And volunteers even help make a difference around the office from time to time.

If you have interest in becoming an Ambassador and working with us to develop a presentation about our work and mission to share with groups in your area, please e-mail our Outreach Coordinator, Jazzy Schwolert. And if you’d like to give some of your time to supporting our events and office staff, please e-mail our Office Manager, Kellie Shellaby.

Internships

Water to Thrive has internships available year-round – in the fall semester, spring semester, and over the summer. We have worked with various colleges and universities as well as groups like Serve Here to identify and support those volunteer positions.

Previous interns have researched grant development, provided social media support, developed marketing materials, worked on promotional strategies, and participated in increasing community engagement. We are seeking interns who will combine a commitment to creating positive change with their own skill set and ideas for projects and participation. Areas where interns can contribute include technology and engineering (website development and review, water project engineering design specifications, data entry and analysis), program management (assisting with current project management and communication,
assisting with development of new water projects), and fundraising development (philanthropy and fundraising, grant proposals, event coordination). Interested candidates should be prepared to discuss what they would like to achieve during their time with the organization.

For more information, please contact Water to Thrive Executive Director Susanne Wilson.