The Letters Foundation works with many volunteers on a weekly basis. Integral to the success of the Foundation, our volunteers continue to surpass our expectations in everything that they do in order to best serve our grant-seeking constituents. Our volunteers donate precious time and invaluable skills to help make our grantmaking possible.
Operations Volunteer Operations Volunteers help the Foundation with administrative support around the office. Responsibilities range from scanning letters and application materials, to entering a constituent's general request into our database, to supporting the Foundation staff with other key operational tasks.
Letter Reader Letter Readers play an essential role in understanding the applicant’s grant request. Using Doris’s criteria, these volunteers review each initial letter mailed to the Foundation to determine whether or not to move the constituent forward in the grants process.
Application Specialist Application Specialists serve as advocates for constituents once their request is approved for further review. They help applicants gather, review, and submit all necessary documentation to the Foundation in a timely manner, forging trust with applicants through an intense stage of the grants process.
Researchers Volunteers with diverse professional experiences and backgrounds make up our research team, helping Foundation staff at each stage of responding to grant requests. Among many responsibilities, researchers identify appropriate resources for constituent referrals, and use their personal or professional experiences to contribute to our shared Knowledge Base of relevant information and community resources.
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The Letters Foundation currently doesn't accept volunteer applications from countries outside of the U.S.A.
The Letters Foundation is incredibly proud to be a small part of assisting hundreds of resilient Americans who are experiencing unforeseen challenges. With the help of our volunteers, we work to provide a hand-up as our constituents get back on their feet.
Here are some of their stories.
As an operations volunteer, I feel that the work I do is valuable at the Foundation because I help keep everything moving along. There are a lot of letters each week and they need to be scanned, read, and disseminated to the people involved in making decisions. Although the process takes time, if what I am doing makes it go more smoothly, then I feel I have helped in a small way get assistance to those folks in need. Volunteering has opened my eyes to the vast array of human experiences in this country. It’s made me more aware of the relative riches our family has in comparison to the sea of troubles facing the writers of these letters. When I describe the Letters Foundation, I talk about the amazing work the Foundation does on behalf of people who have nowhere else to turn and for things that people often have a hard time getting money for. I tell them that the grants may be small amounts of money, but it’s money that these people really need and they wouldn’t be able to get it anywhere else.
My name is Nell and I am a Letter Reader at the foundation. I volunteered as I had just retired as a teacher after 38 years and needed to put my energy to good use. I love Doris’s thought about helping the world, one person at a time. As a teacher, I knew my words and actions would and could be far reaching into the world. Hopefully, our grant recipients will go out into the world and share their hope and faith after receiving a hand up. I have been inspired by the young people I have met at the foundation, they give me hope for the future! My fellow readers are so beautiful and kind, and did I mention spunky!? Like a weathered and treasured family quilt, each patch has its own design and color, with its own story. I am blessed to be part of such an organization.
I have been volunteering for The Letters Foundation as a researcher since January 2017. I started as a legal and insurance-related researcher and shifted my focus to researching Veterans’ related resources. I have two brothers who have served in the military and spent years away from family during their tours of duty, a personal experience that has raised my awareness of the sacrifices that veterans make for our country. I am honored to be able to focus in this area, and I am grateful that the Foundation recognizes the importance of providing assistance to veterans. I’ve had a very positive experience in this role, from meeting the wonderful and kind staff of the Foundation to being able to do two things I enjoy – researching and supporting veterans. My prior volunteer work over the years involved being away from home, so the flexibility of this remote role is also a bonus. I look forward to continuing!
As soon as I read the story in the paper about the Letters Foundation in August 2016, I hoped that I could be a part of this organization. Although I had to wait awhile before I became a Letter Reader, the experience has not disappointed – the wait was entirely worth it! I am proud to be a part of the kindness that the Foundation is built on, and I am also proud to share time with so many people who hope to make this world a kinder and better place to live.
When I read about the Letters Foundation in the Boston Globe over a year ago, I just had to write in and volunteer my services. I have been involved in many charitable organizations over the years and this one was right up my alley! I began as an Operations Volunteer in November, 2017. In this capacity, I see the steady flow of letters that comes in on a daily basis. It is a humbling reminder of the dire and rampant need of individuals across the country. The legacy of the Buffetts and the mission of the Foundation are admirable and inspirational! I feel privileged to play a small part and to be involved with such a dedicated group of employees and an impressive network of volunteers.
I started in November 2017 as an Operations Volunteer and look forward to coming each week. I believe strongly that Doris, the Letters Foundation and all of the people who work and volunteer at the Foundation are there because they believe that they can make a difference in a person’s life. We all share in the commitment to extend a hand to our fellow humans. I find volunteering at Letters Foundation deeply gratifying!
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