Volunteer Roles

We would love for you to join the Desi Rainbow Family!

Event Planner

WHO WE ARE

Do you have experience organizing events for your LGBTQ+ and/or desi community? Are you excited to develop deeper connections and relationships within the LGBTQ+ desi community? If so, consider joining Desi Rainbow’s Event Planning Committee!

The Event Planning Committee develops ideas for new virtual programs that are responsive to the needs of our South Asian LGBTQ+ community and works to organize and implement these programs. The committee is composed of people who understand our most important pillars: support, education, & advocacy. We focus on developing programs that:

  • Promote awareness of key issues facing LGBTQ+ South Asians and their families

  • Celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ South Asian community

  • Support the mental and emotional health of LGBTQ+ South Asians and their families

  • Build meaningful relationships and community among LGBTQ+ South Asians and their families

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

This position requires:

  • the ability to use your knowledge about issues facing the LGBTQ+ Folx

  • the ability to use your knowledge about South Asian culture and the issues facing the South Asian community

  • a strong desire and willingness to create an accepting and an equal world

  • drive and motivation to advance Desi Rainbow’s mission

  • the ability to work with a team

  • commitment of 2 hours per week/8 to 10 hours per month (90 minute  biweekly meetings plus more as needed)

SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMITTEE

  • Developing a calendar of events 

  • Implementing DRPA’s slate of ongoing events including:

    • Faith and Family - special events centered around Desi Festivals

    • Proud Possibilities - alternate month conversations

    • Desi Rainbow Story Hour - fourth Sunday program for children and families

  • Implementation includes:

    • Developing event agenda and flow

    • Confirming speakers

    • Working with /communication coordinators to develop graphics/outreach

    • Tech support for virtual event

  • Brainstorming new events

    • Working with DRPA leadership in Outreach, Partnerships, Support, etc., to identify opportunities for co-sponsoring events with other groups

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Understanding of and familiarity with issues facing South Asian LGBTQ+ community

  • Willingness to engage in continual self-education about issues facing South Asian LGBTQ+ community, with aim of centering the most marginalized in our community

  • Commitment to confronting and dismantling anti-blackness, transphobia, misogyny, biphobia, ableism, Islamophobia and casteism within our community

  • Strong organizational skills and familiarity with Zoom, Microsoft/Google Office

HOW TO APPLY

Email the following list of items below to volunteer@desirainbow.org with the mail subject "Event Planner".

  • Statement of interest (100 words) about why you’re interested in being involved; if you have any experience working in a volunteer capacity with other South Asian and/or queer/LGBTQ+ organizations, please let us know

  • Please provide (at least) two references of people/organizations who can vouch for you. Please mention their Name, Phone number, Email and briefly describe your association with them. At least one of them has to be from a professional/academic/volunteer setting. Please do let them know in advance that we might be reaching out to them.

  • (Optional) Resume highlighting experience organizing volunteer events or involvement with LGBTQ+ and/or South Asian community organizations.

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