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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Administrative Assistant Reports To: Executive Director
Status: Part-time @ 24 hours per week Benefits: Vacation
Salary: Commensurate with experience
The Women’s Fund is a grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts.
We are looking for an energetic person with a great attitude to provide administrative support to the Women’s Fund Staff to include general clerical, working with databases, events support, receptionist, and project-based work, as well as social media communications. A positive professional image, proven experience working successfully as part of a team, and a flexible personality with a “can do” approach to a job are essential.
1. General clerical to include
a. Manage all correspondence including mailings and acknowledgments for special events and activities
b. Manage Director’s Calendar
c. Process invoices
d. Obtain quotes from vendors
e. Photocopying, Mailing & Filing
f. Schedule meetings
g. Assist in coordinating volunteer activities
a. Manage social media communications to include Constant Contact, website and related connectivity to Facebook and Twitter
b. Proof written materials including letters, newsletters and grant proposals
c. Provide significant office support for Major Fundraiser – Mother’s Day Road Race
a. Utilize Data Bases (GiftWorks & FIMS) to generate accurate financial reporting
b. Send reminders regarding financial commitments to Women’s Fund
4. Assume other duties as necessary
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
• Advanced reading, writing and math skills
• Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products
• Strong ability in Social Media tools including Facebook and Twitter
• Knowledge or willingness to learn Word Press to update website
• Professional and friendly telephone protocol
• Superior organizational skills including prioritization, establishing and meeting deadlines
• Strong ability to delegate and make decisions
• Previous administrative experience and excellent references
Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 50-717-0283 with any questions.
More information about the Women's Fund is available here: http://womensfundsema.org/wordpress/.
We are proud to announce that our newest keynote for CFC 2014 is famed author, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray! Author of four books including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, Ray interweaves her personal stories of family, poverty, and her relationship with the natural world around her such as the long-leaf pine forests and swamps of the South. Her latest book is The Seed Underground publishe by Chelsea Green Publishing.
Along with lecturing widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness, Ray has been a contributor to environmental magazines such as Audubon and Orion. She has also served as a commentator for NPR’s Living On Earth.
We are very humbled and proud to have Janisse Ray on the main stage for the special 10th Anniversary Connecting for Change. We hope to see you in October!
Don't forget to save the date for this year's 10th Anniversary Connecting for Change Conference on October 24-26, 2014 in downtown New Bedford!
Planting the Seeds for an Urban School Garden
Standard Times Article
By Auditi Guha
January 28, 2014
NEW BEDFORD — Starting this spring, students at the Elizabeth C. Brooks School will get down and dirty as they learn to garden and grow their own food.
“The goal is to have a community garden in every school in five years,” said Zoe Hansen-DiBello, coordinator of the Marion Institute's Grow Education initiative that will provide the tools to incorporate food and gardening into the curriculum. The hope is that school-based gardens will increase accessibility to locally grown food and strengthen community collaboration.
The first public workshop on building the community garden Tuesday solicited ideas from about 25 teachers, parents, children and neighbors.
“It will offer kids the hands-on importance of gardening that will stay with them forever and they will learn about science and botany,” said School Committee member Marlene Pollock.
Brooks student Kevin Ayala, 9, said he is excited about gardening at the school and would like to grow cabbage, tomato and sweet potato, things he likes to eat.
Bill Braun, a farmer adviser to the program, said he is looking forward to teaching children how to grow food.
“They're like sponges and get it in a way adults often don't,” he said.
Brooks Principal Kevin Sullivan walked those in attendance to a built-in planter in a corridor overgrown with succulents.
“We've managed to keep it green and our kids learn early not to touch it,” he said, pointing to the cacti.
Frosted windows by the planter overlooked a desolate square with two straggly trees where the community gardens will be created in raised beds.
Ideas included growing tomato, onion, celery, spinach, rhubarb, cabbage and year-round veggies. Others suggested a butterfly garden out front, vertical plantings indoors, themed beds to “grow” say, kale soup, and incorporating recipes.
Kindergarten teacher Regina Durant said her students enjoyed growing and taking home plants this winter. A writing project on the wall included sentences from each student about the project: “The seeds were so tiny” and “They need water.”
Grade 4 teacher Lisa Lavimoniere said the program is going to be a part of the class curriculum and will make for great learning and hands-on experience.
Since the project plans to involve the community, some neighbors stopped by.“We want to learn how to garden and I think it's a good community program to teach my 4-year-old,” said Sherry McTigue.
The program will also be implemented at the Hayden-McFadden School this spring.
A quick sweet treat for Valentine’s Day
¼ cup instant tapioca
1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a nonreactive medium saucepan, combine the tapioca, coconut milk, maple syrup, and 1 cup of water. Stir well. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and let cool slightly. To prevent a skin from forming on the top of the tapioca, place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding. Serve at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator to serve cold.
By: Duncan Matlack, Patient at the Paracelsus Clinic, November 2013
I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in the summer of 2007. By the fall of 2013, I had exhausted the knowledge base of 6 doctors in the states. I found the Paracelsus Clinic by word of mouth. I was so frustrated with my progress, or lack there of, that after doing my research on the clinic and talking with 2 Lyme patients that had been treated at the clinic, I decided to commit a month of my life to focused healing.
My symptoms were problematic in that I work as a Professional Ski Patroller. I must be able to ski all day long and communicate with injured skiers in stressful situations. As summer 2013 turned into fall, my symptoms became more pronounced. I began stuttering and was unable to form complete sentences. At times my mouth would physically lock up and I was unable to verbalize the thoughts in my head. In the afternoons, my body would get completely and utterly tired. I did not like riding as a passenger in cars because at times I suffered from severe motion sickness. This is when I moved to Switzerland and immersed myself in the healing process.
It has been 2 + months since I left the clinic. I would like to say that I have not felt this good in a looong time. I can honestly say that I have had no recurrence of the symptoms that led me to seek help at the clinic. My speech is back to normal, my thoughts are not foggy, my energy is back, and my motion sickness has gone away. I am skiing 5 days a week and helping injured skiers with confidence. What a difference some focused healing time makes!!
This is a picture of me at the top of our local ski hill with the Atlantic ocean in the background. The bulge in my jacket is not my belly … honest. I have to carry a radio (see the mic on my left collar) and other equipment inside my jacket. I still can not believe I get paid to ski! However, I have had to deal with some challenging accidents; a mid-shaft femur break in 7 degree F (-14 C) temperature while in the woods and deep snow, a broken back on an icy, 45 degree slope, and others like this. It feels so good to function with a clear head and an able body!!
Research shows that laughter is good for your blood vessels
In recent years, studies are finding a strong link between our emotions and cardiovascular health. Research shows that hostility, anger, depression, anxiety and social isolation all lead to higher rates of heart disease. This knowledge is leading researchers to take a closer look at the effects of happiness and a sense of humor.
Research on laughter and your heart
It was in 2005 that a link between laughter and healthy function of blood vessels was first discovered by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center. They found that laughter increases the blood flow by causing the inner lining of blood vessels—the endothelium—to dilate. The researchers said the change in the endothelium caused by laughter appears to be similar to the benefits of aerobic exercise or the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins. The difference is that laughter is spontaneous and has an immediate effect.
Cardiovascular benefits of laughter
Benefit #1. Laughter causes the release of beta-endorphins in the hypothalamus, which leads to the release of nitric oxide, which dilates the vessels. And there’s more. Nitric oxide is a chemical that also protects the heart by reducing inflammation and preventing the formation of cholesterol plaque.
Benefit #2. Laughter has also been shown to have beneficial effects on other aspects of our biochemistry. For example, it leads to a reduction in stress hormones, including cortisol and epinephrine. And we know that stress causes our blood vessels to constrict.
Benefit #3. Laughter boosts the number of antibody-producing cells, which leads to a stronger immune system.
One fun-loving expert’s opinion
“I am always happy when I meet patients who have a sense of humor,” says Ben Barzilai, MD, Section Head of Clinical Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. “The benefits of laughter cannot be understated. It leads to an immediate reduction in the body’s negative response to stress and causes the blood vessels of the body—including the heart—to increase blood flow as needed.”
Researchers are just beginning to understand all that laughter can do to promote heart health. There is some thought that laughing on a regular basis can even reduce your risk for a heart attack.
So, for this Heart Month, you may want to add some humor to your life by…
- Looking at the lighter side of things
- Spending more quality time with loved ones who bring joy and laughter
- Catching a comedy on TV or at the movies
By making humor a regular part of your life, you can actually have a big impact on your own heart health.
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