The Shoebox Project for Women (Local Coordinator – Vancouver Chapter: As a Local Coordinator for The Shoebox Project, you are the lead organizer of the organization’s activities in your community.)

Organization Name: The Shoebox Project for Women
Opportunity Title: Local Coordinator – Vancouver Chapter: As a Local Coordinator for The Shoebox Project, you are the lead organizer of the organization’s activities in your community.
Category: Fundraising & Sponsorship
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: June 30, 2020
End Date: June 30, 2021

Email: karen@shoeboxproject.com
Website: https://www.shoeboxproject.com/
Details:
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Training or orientation required
Opportunity Description:

Primary Duties & Responsibilities 

The primary role of a local community coordinator is to identify shelters and resource centres for women in need, identify suitable drop-off locations, market/advertise the drive to your community, fundraise, manage other volunteers, collect, inspect and deliver Shoeboxes to the shelters at a mutually agreed time. 

Other aspects of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as an ambassador of The Shoebox Project in your community 
  • Identify and develop a network of shelters and resource centres to partner with  
  • Manage Chapter specific email inquiries from interested donors, individuals and companies wanting to contribute to the various national fundraisers throughout the entire year (not isolated to holiday season)
  • Communicate with the national staff on a regular basis regarding your progress (seeking assistance when necessary) 
  • Fundraise: Organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations to cover  chapter expenses 
  • Facilitate corporate, community and school drives
  • Reach out to local press and community leaders for support
  • Manage monetary donations and expenses in accordance with organizational procedure 
  • Recruit and manage a committee of volunteers to assist in various duties as needed
  • Coordinate inspections, storage, transportation and delivery of boxes from drop-off locations to shelters 

  Qualifications 

  • Interest in issues related to women’s homelessness and desire to give back to your community 
  • Ability to recruit and manage a team of volunteers through a committee format or otherwise 
  • Fundraising & special event planning experience a definite asset
  • Excellent communication skills – Coordinator is expected to respond to inquiries from community members, coordinate details with shelter staff, work with other local volunteers, corporate and community/school groups, reach out to local press and community leaders  and potentially solicit donations from local businesses 
  • Computer savvy (specifically Google based applications), comfortable communicating via email and connecting through social media platforms
  • Basic understanding of creating, managing and tracking budgets and expenses

Requirements/Screening:  Completed Application, Resume, Interview, Reference Check, Volunteer Agreement, Code of Conduct & Policy Agreement

Time Committment: Ability to spend 5-15 hours a week during November and December (varies greatly based on size of gift drive, number of volunteers involved, etc.)

Duration:  The volunteer contract is for one year, with the expectation of organizing a minimum of one gift drive (during the holidays) in your community and the choice to participate in other activities as desired throughout the year. Regular monitoring and active communication through Chapter email year round is the expectation.

 

Training:  Training provided through video conference, online and written processes

Benefits of Volunteering:  Utilize your professional skills to play an active role in helping women impacted by homelessness, build valuable skills that are transferable, be a positive member on a team, gain experience, letter of reference may be provided if requested, upon completion of commitment duration.

 

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