1. Coordinate the Bed Program - reviewing applications for requests for beds; communication with families eligible for donation, and arrangement of transportation logistics.
2. Coordinate the "Christmas Together" program - screening families requesting assistance; matching families in need with donors and subsequently serving as liaison between both parties; coordination of program volunteers
3. Assist with social services with one-on-one meetings with people seeking assistance with rent, utilities, etc., filling out necessary paperwork to complete applications (about 8 hours/week, starting after Christmas season)
Overseeing our Social Services department, the Bed Program, Reentry program and seasonal programs is our Member and Program Services department, which provides emergency assistance to our neighbors in need. In this position, you will coordinate the Bed Program – which provides beds to families in need; coordinate a Christmas/holiday program, as well as help to facilitate the annual Fan and A/C distribution program in the summer. This position will include providing support for other departments, such as Social Services and the Choice Pantry, in between the seasonal programs. You will have ample opportunity to exercise your organizational and relational skills in this position.
VVC members serve full-time in a unique work placement with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They live together in a house provided by the program, in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati, blocks from SVDP’s Outreach Center. One hundred percent of VVC members finish the program with a meaningful next-step in their career.
Community Need Addressed
Coordination of the "Christmas Together" gift sponsorship program at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as well as the bed distribution program to families in need.
Families-in-need will be partnered with donors seeking to provide gifts during the Christmas season, and families in need will be able to receive beds.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
This program also covers:
- three retreats during the program year
- weekly formation
- monthly leadership development program, including professional mentor
- all living expenses (room, utilities, board, internet)
- health insurance
- renter's insurance
- monthly personal stipend ($100)
- monthly phone stipend ($50)
- monthly transportation stipend ($30 - local bus tickets)
- plus an Education Award ($5,775) upon completion of service
Skills you will gain
community-building, teamwork, professional skills/norms, professional communication, one-on-one interaction, project prioritization, collaboration, public speaking, time management
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment