Volunteer Friends of Arizona PBS

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Volunteer Friends of Arizona PBS celebrate another great year of sharing their talent and service at the annual banquet.

Join the more than 800 Arizonans who donate their time to support Arizona PBS' membership drives and other volunteer activities.

The Volunteer Friends of Arizona PBS are dedicated community volunteers with diverse cultural, economic, and work backgrounds. They assist Arizona PBS with their time, talent and service. The Volunteer Friends are committed to the support and growth of the station, and are a vital part of fundraising and outreach activities. Volunteers participate in Membership Drives, Community Events, Station Tours and Office Assistance. To learn more, contact Carly Ofsthun, Volunteer Program Coordinator at (602) 496-9685 or carly.ofsthun@asu.edu.

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We are currently recruiting phone operators for our upcoming pledge drive November 26 - December 4, 2016. Now is a great time to get involved with Friends of Arizona PBS to assist with fundraising for Arizona PBS! Please email Carly Ofsthun carly.ofsthun@asu.edu with the shifts you are interested in attending. If you have never volunteered with us before, a volunteer application will be provided.


Support Arizona PBS by becoming a Volunteer Friend

As a member of the Volunteer Friends of Arizona PBS, we rely on your dependability and flexibility to participate in a variety of activities. Once you register as a Volunteer Friend, you will receive email notifications when volunteer opportunities are available. The minimum age requirement is 16 years. Civic, social and high school groups are welcome to participate in membership drives.


Membership Drives

Participating in Arizona PBS' most important fundraising activity is enjoyable and easy. Membership drives are held approximately four times (March, June, August and December) throughout the year.

  • Telephone Operators take calls from viewers wishing to pledge their financial support to Arizona PBS. The pledge shifts are approximately 5 hours long and are held on weekends and weekday evenings. A short training session is conducted prior to each shift and meals are provided.
  • Hospitality Captains set up refreshments and food donated by restaurants.
  • Pledge Captains assist with training and answer questions for the phone operators during the shift.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteering for Pledge Drive (PDF).


Community Events

Volunteers assist staff and act as greeters and hosts to represent Arizona PBS at social, fundraising and educational events held throughout the year, including the Check, Please! Arizona Festival and the Arizona Collectibles event.


Tour Guides

Groups of all ages and interests contact Arizona PBS to arrange tours of the station. Volunteers receive training about Arizona PBS's history and the latest technology currently in use. A tour takes about an hour and provides a look at the control room and studios. Tours are conducted during business hours.


Office Assistance

Volunteers assist with stuffing and mailing letters, data entry, answering phones and various office work requested by Arizona PBS staff.


Group Participation

We welcome groups to join us during our membership drives. Usually, we ask a group to provide 10-15 volunteers phone operators for a shift. It is a great team building experience and an excellent way to support your community.


For more information or to notify us of your interest in volunteering, please contact:

Carly Ofsthun
Volunteer Program Coordinator