Volunteer with the James Renwick Alliance!

Interested in being an active part of the James Renwick Alliance?  Join one of our committees and help us expand the reach and impact of our organization. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Emily Schimmel, Office Manager at [email protected] or take our fill out our JRA Volunteer Volunteer Form >>

Current volunteer opportunities:

Media and Marketing Committee

Committee Chair:  Cass Johnson

The Media and Marketing Committee is responsible for promoting the JRA's activities, as well as assisting other committees with communications and public relation techniques. Volunteer members should be interested in at least one of the following:

  • Researching, cataloging, and summarizing past JRA contributions, awards, and gifts
  • Developing new outreach lists for press releases and web postings 
  • Maintain the JRA social networking pages, increase followers, keep the pages current
  • Writing press releases and blog posts
  • Video production and editing
  • Working with SEO, Facebook/Instagram and Google advertising
  • Brainstorming and exploring new ways to promote JRA activities

Programming Committee

Committee Chair: TBD

Ensure a robust annual programming schedule at the James Renwick Alliance by volunteering with the Programming Committee. The committee is responsible for generating event and program ideas; providing preliminary research assistance to aid program coordinators; and designating program coordinators to plan and execute programming. Volunteer members should be interested in at least one of the following:

  • Hosting quality craft-based events in the DMV and in coordination with national craft conferences and symposiums
  • Brainstorming and exploring new and diverse programs
  • Scheduling a well-rounded and balanced calendar of craft activities
  • Assisting with the marketing of JRA programs
  • Researching potential craft-related programs
  • Contacting vendors and partners to execute programs
  • Organizing event itineraries


Craft Quarterly Magazine Editor

Overseeing the content and quality of Craft Quarterly. The position includes:

  • Working with the Quarterly committee to select articles and writers for each issue / planning publication contents
  • Organizing meetings with the committee to discuss and plan each issue
  • Contacting writers for featured stories
  • Working with staff, including writers, and setting deadlines
  • Reading, writing and editing articles including proofreading and preparing for press
  • Working with the designer to manage expectations and deadlines

The Craft Quarterly Volunteer Editor should have written communication skills and should have some background in English, writing or publications.