Graphic Design & Animation Support


By Jake S.

Development / Communications Associate

Posted Jul 12, 2018

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This project will save us $6,632 , allowing us to organize low-income immigrant and refugee families, train youth, and launch campaigns to win climate change solutions, affordable housing, and access to renewable energy for all.

What We Need

  • 2-3 graphic design projects per month, for 3 months
  • Best practices for managing design deliverables and process

How This Will Help

The success of our organization depends on having compelling graphics that bring our mission to life. Without your help, we cannot move donors to give and supporters to take action. Your skills will empower us to make a difference in the fight for environmental justice.

What We Have In Place

We currently have a style guide including logos, fonts, and color scheme which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have past graphic design projects which can serve as examples and dedicated comms staff and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

We're celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year! We've spent the last 25 years fighting for justice for API communities in California, and we're growing this movement every day. It's the perfect moment for a communications jumpstart, and we're excited!

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 40-50 hours over 3 months
    Organizations: 5-7 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)
  • Requirements: This project requires a short interview with the organization. If your application is accepted, you'll receive an email from Catchafire with instructions to schedule a call.

Project Steps

Prep: Information Gathering and Goal Setting
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss the objective of their graphic design project goals, key audiences, and style preferences (if any)
  • Volunteer Manager shares some pre-existing graphic design projects and best in class examples with the Professional to align on preferences
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional creates work schedule that includes 1-3 projects weekly over the course of 3 months
Residency: Graphic Design Support
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional agree on a schedule for regular check ins to share new assignments and provide feedback on on-going projects
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with necessary inputs for each assignment including goals, audience and data or other source of information
  • Volunteer Manager provides regular feedback, which Professional incorporates
  • Professional delivers final versions including specifications for usage (colors, size, etc.)
Closeout & Next Steps
  • Professional provides opportunity for Organization to learn more about the design process and best practices
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss in what capacity they would like to continue this working engagement
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Graphic design experience
  • Animation experience (nice to have)
  • Data interpretation/translation skills
Prerequisites for Organization
  • A dedicated staff member that works with fundraising or communications
  • Existing visual brand guidelines for your Organization

Our Mission

APEN promotes the right of every person to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and ensure the right of every person to participate in decisions affecting our lives. Our work focuses on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

What We Do

APEN builds grassroots power, strengthens organizing capacity and focuses electoral power of APA communities. By creating organizing infrastructure for local and state impact, APEN has been lifting voices from the API community on the front lines of climate change and industrial pollution for the past 20 years. Our Impact at the Local Level: -Blocked a $1 billion expansion of the Richmond Chevron refinery (already the biggest stationary polluter in California), stopping an additional 900,000 tons of greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants from entering the air -Instituted the APEN Academy: an 8 week leadership training course--in 4 languages-- for community leaders to develop their political consciousness and organizing, public speaking, and media skills -APEN is currently building a base of support for local green job training centers and continuing to realize the potential of solar and renewable energy to lift up underemployed and over-polluted communities. Powerhouse in the State: -Formed the Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition in 2010 and trained over 100 APA serving organizations across the state on climate and policy -Last November, we released the first ever API voter guide--translated into five languages--and engaged 20,000 unreached voters with a trilingual phone banking team -APEN sponsored the landmark bill, SB 535 which ensures funds from California's new Cap and Trade program go to communities that are hardest hit by pollution and climate change. We continue to guide implementation based on environmental justice principles. APEN is realizing the potential of the largely overlooked, yet fastest growing demographic group in California while building partnerships and lasting friendships across the movement to achieve environmental justice for all communities.

Environment Community & Economic Development