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2021-2022 Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement 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 Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement VISTA will research, plan and launch the CFB’s volunteer program. Currently the furniture bank does have any volunteers. Our organization must create a strong volunteer program to continue to expand its capacity to meet the need for our furnishing program. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, have interpersonal skills, 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 : VISTA will be responsible for researching, strategizing and implementing volunteer recruitment, engagement and management strategy / procedures for the CFB. We frequently have corporations and individuals wanting to volunteer at the furniture bank, but CFB’s staff has not had the time to manage volunteers. In particular the CFB hopes to have daily volunteers assist in organizing the showroom and helping clients select furniture for their homes, have monthly corporate volunteer events at our warehouse, organize a furniture drive / community events every six weeks around Chicagoland (e.g. at a high school), and create a database of volunteers. You will have full support and access to senior leadership whenever is needed, but should be able to work independently to execute on high-level tasks. Many members from the community want to help the CFB in any way they can, and you need to organize and manage these individuals / companies to add the most possible value to the organization.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Ventra or Metra Pass ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Housing ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Technology ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Communications . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2021-2022 Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/30/2021  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  


Accepting Applications
From  07/09/2021  To  08/30/2021 

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4801 S Whipple St
Chicago   IL   60632

Listing ID 101904