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2021-2022 Partnerships and Communications VISTA
 
 
 
The Chicago Furniture Bank (CFB) partners with 350+ local social service agencies to furnish homes for those leaving shelters and moving into permanent housing. The CFB believe every person should be able to sleep on a bed, share a meal at a table, and do homework on a desk. The CFB currently furnishes 12 houses into furnished homes each day, and is the second largest furniture bank in the country. Through partnerships with Ikea, Amazon, Walter E. Smithe and many more, we allow clients to handpick the furniture they want for their home in order to provide dignity and comfort as they begin a new chapter in their lives. The Partnerships and Communications VISTA will create and lead projects in collaboration with the CFB’s 350 nonprofit partners, help create communication strategy, and will also conduct research to track CFB’s clients home retention rates. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, have interpersonal skills, be detailed oriented and strongly believe in our mission. The CFB is a rapidly growing nonprofit, and candidates must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, startup type environment. This position is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps Network, an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program on Housing Action’s website.
 
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Member Duties : The Partnerships and Communications VISTA will work directly with CFB’s Marketing and Communication Associate to collect photos, stories and content to create the CFB’s weekly social media post and monthly newsletter. This VISTA will also analyze the CFB’s and its clients’ needs to then collaborate with the organization’s 350 partnered nonprofit agencies to execute monthly projects / initiatives. In addition, the VISTA will work with All Chicago and DePaul University to execute their research to track how providing furniture to those leaving homelessness affects home retention rates. The VISTA will obviously have full support and access to senior leadership whenever is needed, but should be able to work independently to execute on high-level tasks. Most of our nonprofit partners want to help the CFB in any way they can, and this VISTA is meant to lever their willingness to help to conduct research on to add the most possible value to the CFB.
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Ventra or Metra Pass ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
2021-2022 Partnerships and Communications VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  -   08/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  03/21/2021  To  07/09/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
4801 S Whipple St
Chicago   IL   60632
3128543372
vista@housingactionil.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 101899


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