Communications Committee

Sylvia Thomas Center / Communications Committee


Communications/Marketing Volunteers Needed

Are you a communications professional with a passion for giving back to underserved populations in the community? The Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive & Foster Families (STC) is seeking volunteers to serve on its Communications Committee. This is a great opportunity for professionals or students with interest and experience in:

  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Content writing
  • Web publishing
  • Graphic design
  • Social media

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email


Volunteers for the Communications Committee help develop and implement the center’s communications strategy. They report to the Communications Committee Chairs, who are board members of the Sylvia Thomas Center. The focus of the Communications Committee is to raise overall awareness and understanding of the organization’s mission and services. Audiences include foster and adoptive families in Hillsborough County, legislators, current and prospective supporters, media members and influencers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Committee volunteers may:

  • Assist in the writing and development of content for the organization’s website, social media channels, fundraising and outreach efforts
  • Create bios, testimonials and case studies by interviewing Sylvia Thomas Center staff, supporters, and foster and adoptive families who use or have used the organization’s services
  • Proofread and/or edit content as needed
  • Help maintain the center’s website
  • Produce photos, videos and/or graphics to support testimonials, event promotions and other content initiatives.*

*Photo, video and graphic design skills aren’t required, but they are welcome!

Desired Qualifications

  • Public relations, marketing, journalism or creative writing and/or editing experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word and PowerPoint and/or Google Drive programs including Docs and Sheets
  • Detail-oriented with excellent time management skills
  • Works well independently and as part of a team

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Photography and/or videography experience
  • Experience with photo and/or video editing programs such as Photoshop, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, etc.
  • Experience with graphic design using tools like Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Experience with WordPress

Time Commitment

The Communications Committee meets once a month, with members assigned individual tasks that can be done on their schedule. We ask that committee members commit to a 12-month term of service.

Benefits and Recognition

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Sylvia Thomas Center team. Our volunteers contribute to making a significant difference in the lives of families who are working to build forever homes with children who have come from hard places and need assistance coping with trauma.
Being part of the Communications Committee provides a chance for those with valuable PR and marketing skills to help these families while also gaining experience in the non-profit sector and in the human services field.

The Sylvia Thomas Center will provide reference letters for volunteers who successfully complete their commitment to the committee. Committee members may also be invited to serve on the Board of Directors. Center leadership recognizes the hard work of all volunteers during the Gems & Jeans Ball in November.

About the Sylvia Thomas Center

We make an impact on the lives of adoptive families, working together to overcome obstacles and address behavioral challenges. We are committed to supporting families who are struggling in their adoption journey to identify and manage threats to permanency. This may include counseling and other supports to address the experiences the children have had with abuse, abandonment, neglect and other challenges to attachment.

Since its inception, the Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive & Foster Families and its volunteers have touched the lives of over 6,000 children and families. Over 300 children have received intensive case management services including family and individual therapy. Our ultimate goal is to help families remain intact, keeping the forever in Forever Families.