The Boston Project Ministries engages and equips neighbors, volunteers, and churches to build strong communities characterized by shalom. Shalom is best defined as wholeness, harmony, peace, and
justice. Motivated by love for our neighbor, we envision neighborhoods with secure streets, healthy homes, effective and affirming schools, and a thriving local economy. We picture neighbors sharing meals together, children laughing and playing freely, and the elderly being honored and cared for as the norm. Neighbors are leading the way as a model for community transformation that is right and just. Our vision is for shalom to be present in every New England community.
We are a grass-roots, resident-driven organization that engages in the rewarding work of strengthening our own community. Neighbors, some who have lived here for decades and others who are new, serve
together as community connectors, bridge builders, and change agents. Because we are place-based, we operate with a multi-issue and multi-age approach in our geographic area. Our day-to-day work
supports the development of youth and families, organizing the community, and mobilizing and facilitating volunteers.
Our work is anchored out of a Neighborhood Ministry House. Neighbors utilize this safe haven as a gathering place, resource center, youth hub, and centralized location for volunteer engagement and
community organizing. Over the past two decades, we have applied community-building and asset-based strategies that include strengthening youth and families, developing leaders, and
multiplying church-community collaborations. This has led to a corner-by-corner transformation resulting in a more green, healthy, safe, connected, and economically-empowered neighborhood. But
there is still much work to be done. We daily confront racial inequities which cause disparities in areas such as health, housing, employment, education, and safety. Since 1996, we have been an active partner in the Codman Square area of Dorchester comprised of approximately 25,000 residents. Our immediate locale is the 14-street Talbot-Norfolk Triangle (TNT) neighborhood. This area is home to approximately 575 families or approximately 1,800 neighbors (census 2010). We have over 450 children and youth under the age of 19 living in TNT and 5 public schools representing 2,500 students within walking distance. We are a minority-majority neighborhood with 95% of people reporting as non-white. Youth and their families are predominantly African American, West Indian, and Hispanic-Latinx. In the next 3 years, we will add 75 new housing units (ie. families) within our area representing an additional 200+ residents.
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (VOC)
Volunteer Outreach Coordinators will develop and implement practices for effective volunteer engagement at their host sites, drawing on SCI’s emphasis on relationship development and nurturing local social networks. The VOC will do the following:
● Design a volunteer outreach plan aiming to increase the capacity of volunteers for the host-site agency
● Create a system for screening and matching volunteers to appropriate roles that meet educational needs.
● Coordinate projects that engage families in school and community life such as resource fairs, family arts and cultural events, academic
enrichment projects and family service days.
● Utilize technology and in-person outreach to recruit residents to volunteer and participate in other civic activities.
● Manage contact information of volunteers, website and eblast subscribers and other contacts.
● Create marketing materials to promote the community website, volunteer opportunities and community events.
● Collaborate with other SCI staff, volunteers and partners on other projects to promote civic engagement, with an emphasis on
integrating youth into activities of SCI and community partners.
● VOCs have a strong online presence. Members update content on SCI community portal websites, civic eblasts, community partner sites, and other websites to recruit residents to participate in volunteerism and other civic activities. At some host sites, VOCs serve as the primary webmaster for an SCI community website and primary editors a civic eblast.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Experience managing volunteers or events.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
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