Girls Rock! DC is excited to offer all volunteers payment in the form of a stipend for their time and labor during this summer’s programming, including We Rock! Camp and our youth summer camp! By offering stipends for the first time, we hope to make volunteering at GR!DC’s programs more accessible to adults who otherwise would be financially barred from the experience, especially people of color and of other historically marginalized identities.
In recognition of the fact that all labor has value, we will be offering payment based on the amount of time someone volunteers, as opposed to whether they are in a “leadership” role. Since certain types of labor, such as child care and food preparation, have traditionally been considered “women’s work,” and therefore under/nonvaluable, we think it’s important to interrupt this cycle and offer payment to every volunteer, regardless of their role. The general payment structure is as follows:
We Rock! Camp (amounts are for the entire weekend)
$200 for full-day volunteers
$100 to half-day volunteers
$50 for workshop instructors
Youth Summer Camp (amounts are for the entire week)
$500 for full-day volunteers
$200 to half-day volunteers
$100 for workshop instructors
For variations of the above, we will determine a stipend amount accordingly based on your time spent at camp.
While the stipends are offers and can be refused (as a donation to GR!DC), we encourage anyone who feels they need their stipend to accept it! GR!DC will not require any documentation of financial need.
We recognize that personal experiences are more complex than can ever be expressed through identity categories. At the same time, all of Girls Rock! DC’s programs seek to be a place where those who come from historically marginalized and silenced experiences have the chance to take up space, stand up, and rock out.
When deciding whether you will accept your stipend, we encourage volunteers to keep the following in mind:
Compared to white men making $1 in the US for the same work:
Asian women make $.85
White women make $.75
Black women make $.63
Hispanic/Latina women make $.54
We couldn’t do this work without all our amazing volunteers, and we are excited to build with you this summer and beyond! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions!
With rock camp love,
The GR!DC Leadership Team