Volunteer Coordinator
Somerville Homeless Coalition

1 Davis Square, Somerville, Ma 02144, Usa
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Volunteer Coordinator

Status Actively recruiting
Openings 1 Half-Time
Service dates August 22, 2022 - June 24, 2023

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assist with day-to-day scheduling of volunteers, responding to volunteer inquiries, and volunteer training.
  • Develop a volunteer application and materials to support volunteer onboarding and training.
  • Conduct a survey of volunteer management software systems and support a transition to the chosen system.
  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 24, 2023.
  •  Attend a minimum of 6 Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA post orientation.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-related activities each week. This may include filling out timesheets, completing a bi-monthly reflection or check-in, or other MSA-related tasks or activities.

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Plan a volunteer appreciation event.
  • Develop a volunteer newsletter template and a library of volunteer education materials related to food insecurity.
  •  Be a part of the greater Commonwealth Corps community, including participating in cross-site learning groups, writing a short profile for the CC newsletter, connecting with other members on our online platforms, and attending optional social/service events.

Somerville, MA

Living allowance Stipend of $550 semi-monthly while in service, up to $11,550, minus taxes and withholdings;
Benefits What You’ll Get:
  • Stipend of $550 semi-monthly while in service, up to $11,550, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $2000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA);
  • Access to biweekly food basket on an informal basis, as available at the food pantry and community meal programs;
  • Access to conversational Spanish classes for pantry volunteers and staff and informal language practice inSpanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole;
  • Extensive training from MSA with a diversity, equity and inclusion focus and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Internet reimbursement up to $50/month while required to complete some service from home;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency's policies;
  • Mental Health/Personal Day once per month counting towards 4hrs
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays, does not count towards hours requirement);
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Desired skills, certifications or qualifications

You must be:

  • A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) with legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • 18 years of age at minimum (member age range is 18 – 70+ years old)
  • Excited to give back to your community and interested in developing your skills and gaining new professional experiences
  • Able to balance service internship commitments with personal commitments in a sustainable way
  • Comfortable communicating in English by email with people of varying backgrounds
  • Able to design materials with text, images, and other design elements in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or comparable Software; or willing to learn this skill
  • Dedicated to equity, particularly to making adequate, healthy, culturally/dietarily appropriate food economically and physically accessible to all
  • Able to lift up to 40 lbs.

It would also be great if you:

  • Have experience with Google Sheets, Google Forms, and/or Excel, or a strong interest in learning these programs
  • Have experience teaching or training others, either in a formal or informal context
  • Are patient, kind, consistent, and able to provide clear explanations
  • Speak a language other than English -- multilingual candidates encouraged to apply, especially Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole speakers
Desired Languages Speak a language other than English - especially Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole speakers.
Other conditions
Weekly Hours Service commitment 20 hours per week during the following time windows: Monday 8-12, Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 9-4, Thursday 10-7, and Friday 9-4. The role would require service on a minimum of three separate days and fully in-person service is preferred.
Our mission The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.
Hunger, Poverty, Social Justice & Equality