Park51 Seeks Volunteers to Market Mosque and Community Center
By Julie Shapiro
LOWER MANHATTAN — Park51, the proposed mosque and community center two blocks from Ground Zero, is looking for a few good volunteers.
The project's leaders recently posted want-ads on Idealist.org seeking a media analyst, a marketing assistant, an event planning assistant and bloggers, all of whom would work without pay.
"We are opening our doors to volunteers," Park51 said in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday. "Only through your help can we complete the project."
The most time-intensive jobs are the marketing and event-planning positions, which each require applicants to commit more than 10 hours per week for at least three months. The event planner will schedule film screenings, dinners and information sessions about Park51, while the marketer will manage Park51's blogs and e-mails.
Park51 is also looking for bloggers to write about Muslim issues, lower Manhattan or civil liberties, and a media analyst to monitor press coverage of Islam, interfaith initiatives and community organizing in New York.
Separately, Park51 is rounding out its advisers and paid staff, and plans to announce new members within the next few weeks, the organization's e-mail said.
The note also urged supporters to make a donation to the future 13-story center, which will cost at least $100 million to build.
Park51 has not yet achieved nonprofit status, but the organization hopes to get recognition soon, according to its website.
Park51 did not immediately respond to a request for comment.