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2021-2022 In-Kind Donation and Volunteer Management VISTA
PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis in Lake County Illinois, just north of Chicago. PADS operates 15 emergency shelter sites, its Day Resource Center and numerous programs within it, as well as a number of scattered site long term supportive housing units. PADS also provides a multiplicity of services with a vision and mission of placing all of Lake County’s homeless on a secure path to sustained independence. To help ensure that individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness receive the broad spectrum of support they need to break the cycle of poverty, the VISTA project will build the capacity of PADS by developing a sustainable volunteer recruitment, training, and management system for its overnight emergency shelter program and develop a system to inventory in-kind donations to assure PADS has the items needed by clients and programs while staying with PADS. This position is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps Network, which is 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 at Housing Action’s website.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will assess the current state of PADS’ efforts in reaching, selecting, and supporting volunteers and create improved systems to recruit and train volunteers, and track their contribution to PADS in order to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the management system of the overnight emergency shelter. The VISTA will develop and implement a volunteer time tracking system that can be used across all PADS locations that can be easily used by volunteers, shelter sites and can aggregate data on volunteer contributions to PADS. The VISTA will also work to develop and implement In-Kind Donation Inventory system that will enable PADS to accept more in-kind donations and assure needed items are available to clients when needed.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  VENTRA or Metra Pass ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Homelessness . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services . 
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2021-2022 In-Kind Donation and Volunteer Management VISTA

Program Start/End Date
12/06/2021  -   12/05/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  


Accepting Applications
From  09/13/2021  To  12/05/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
1800 Grand Avenue
Waukegan   IL   60085

Listing ID 102207