Department of Community Outreach
This article is a stub. A longer, more in depth article will be added at a later time.
This Department is responsible for TarValon.Net's online events, organizing the official fundraisers and philanthropic efforts for the community, and recognizing the good works done by our members. It is currently headed by Elia LePhant.
Programs within the Department
- Servants of All
- Main article: Servant of All
Servants of All is a program to encourage our members to participate in philanthropic activities outside of our organization. Members will receive recognition for donating money/goods, volunteering their time, and doing other charity work in their communities. This is currently being worked on by the Planning Committee and will later be run by the Servant of All Staff.
- Blood Drive
- Main article: Blood Drive
The department hosts an annual blood drive, encouraging members to donate to blood banks in their respective countries.
- Main article: Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser
The Maintaining the Tower fundraiser is held annually in the summer, and it is the main fundraiser within TarValon.Net. It was formerly called the Annual Fundraiser and the Summer Fundraiser but in 2014 the name was officially changed to Maintaining the Tower. This annual fundraiser is aimed to cover the operational expenses of the community, fund the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship, and ensure our ability to lock in the best pricing for future events. It is the monetary support that keeps our community functioning.
- 2016 Pugs vs. Kittens
- 2015 .GIF Off
- 2014 Fundraiser Against Humanity
- 2013 Bacon Versus Chocolate
- 2012 The Tower Still Stands
- 2010 Seanchan Invasion
- Feast of Lights
- Main article: Feast of Lights Fundraiser
Traditionally the Department of Community Outreach has also organized the annual Feast of Lights fundraiser where members of TarValon.Net collaborate to financially support a globally active non-profit organization. In 2014 the annual Feast of Lights event changed from a monetary fundraiser to a charitable giving campaign focused on matching members with local extensions of similarly globally focused non-profit organizations, and the collection of goods.
The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship
- Main article: Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship
The Annual Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship is awarded each Summer to two eligible students. The application process is facilitated by the Director of Community Outreach. The scholarship amount varies annually between $250 and $1,000 USD.
Outreach Activities Team
- Main article: Outreach Activities
TarValon.Net has two regular freeweeks annually, Bel Tine and Shaoman, in which some of the rules are relaxed and groups get to dress up in themes. These free weeks are organized by the Outreach Activities Team. The Outreach Activities Team creates an over all theme for the freeweek and comes up with games, challenges, graphics prizes, and other fun ways to get all members of the community involved.
- Main article: Department of Community Outreach (History)
- Department History
The Department of Community Outreach was created after the 2011 Admin Meeting.
It was transitioned from the Department of Philanthropy and part of the Department of Community Development. The Department is to put more emphasis on member projects. The former Online Events Team became the Outreach Activities Team to better reflect its updated mission of promoting not only the Wheel of Time themed festivals but also holidays and philanthropic activities.
- Helping Hands
Following the incorporation and tax-exempt status of TarValon.Net, Inc, the Helping Hands program was terminated in 2011 when the departments of Community Development and Philanthropy were merged.
Positions with the Department
- Main article: Department of Community Outreach (Positions)
The department has three Administrator level positions:
- Community Care Coordinator
The Community Care Coordinator works directly with the Director of Community Outreach on the internal functions of the department. This includes pop-up fundraisers, awareness events, emergency response, marketing for both the Maintaining the Tower fundraiser and the Feast of Lights fundraiser, maintaining the department's wiki, and internal communications via the Tower Voices and the TarValonTimes.
This position is currently vacant.
- Outreach Activities Coordinator
The Outreach Activities Coordinator organizes the planning, preparation, and execution of the community's official online events as well as events of all sizes to promote our philanthropic and charitable endeavors.
The current Outreach Activities Coordinator is Ilverin Matriam.
- Servant of All Coordinator