Monday, August 24, 2020

Whether you have created your family through adoption, you are an adoptee, have received support through post-adoption services, or received vital services by Barker as you faced an unexpected pregnancy; please consider giving the gift of your time. Be a Barker Champion and Volunteer! Please volunteer some time to the 2020 Phonathon on September 22 to make calls to past and potential donors. 

We have received a $50K GIFT from Susan and Ned Goldberg so every Phonathon gift will be MATCHED up to $50K. Help double the impact of this year's donations, which help sustain Barker's support and services in the adoption community. We absolutely need many more volunteers to make outreach calls so that this generous gift becomes a reality!

And yes, of course, in the year of the pandemic, it will be different in 2020, and in many ways, better than ever.

More Information About the Phonathon and Volunteering

TRAINING: George Wolohojian, Barker parent and a longtime volunteer will train Phonathon volunteers via a ZOOM; we will offer two sessions, less than 30 minutes long.

PHONATHON PACKETS: Materials will be available for pick up at Barker in advance and will include training materials and donor calling cards with information about the individual you are calling. 

PROGRAM MANAGER VOLUNTEERISM: This year, we will be asking the Barker Community to make INCOMING calls too (if you are old enough, you’ll likely think of Jerry Lewis!). The Barker Program Directors, Bev, Saara, Cynthia, and Emily, have VOLUNTEERED to take incoming calls from donors during the evening of September 22, with support of the program specialists.

TEXT TO GIVE: We have a text to give function in 2020 too.  We will be promoting the use of texting barkerstrong to 76278 during the Phonathon and throughout the Celebrating Barker’s 75th Year | Giving Back and Blazing a Path Forward campaign

FLEXIBILITY: Since calls will be made from the comfort of your home, you will be able to make the calls at any time that is most convenient between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM on September 22.

VOLUNTEER MATCHING:  Once I have the volunteer list confirmed, We will create a list of donors/prospects of whom you have something in common, i.e., program, children’s ages, past trustee, etc. If this day does NOT work, please contact me and we will create a packet for you to make calls on another day.

Michele Mazzei.jpgI am excited to hear from you! Please send notice of your interest by September 4, 2020, so that I can begin matching you with past and prospective donors as we create your personalized Phonathon Information Packet. You may email me at mmazzei [at] (subject: Count%20me%20in%20to%20volunteer%20for%20the%202020%20Virtual%20Phonathon!) to sign up!

With my sincere gratitude,


Barker's Director of Development

Michele Mazzei, Barker Staff
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