The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is hiring a full time Volunteer Engagement Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA Member and an IT Process Coordinator Americorps VISTA Member through the Ohio Association of Foodbanks ShareCorps program.
What is AmeriCorps VISTA? From the AmeriCorps VISTA website: “AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.”
How You’ll Help:
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator VISTA Member will expand volunteer opportunities by creating a new volunteer program tailored to our Lancaster Furniture with a Heart Thrift Store location. Utilizing social media and other identified marketing avenues, you will recruit a new volunteer base, develop volunteer job descriptions, and establish official onboarding procedures. You will also make inroads with local non-profits, churches, and government agencies by leading group volunteer events and coordinating in-kind donation drives. Your initiation of volunteer appreciation events will serve to retain your recruited volunteers and partners. Finally, through the development of a survey administered to the families we serve, you will identify key improvements to the quality of our services in the community. Ultimately, you will increase the number of families served by the Furniture Bank on both ends! This is an opportunity to come in, get creative, identify new projects, and make real changes in our organization.
IT Process Coordinator VISTA Member will be integral in the deployment of a new technology systems upgrade across all of our internal operations. You will evaluate our current operational procedures, including furniture donation scheduling, inventory, client scheduling and satisfaction, financial reporting, volunteer management, and other organizational processes. Identifying process improvements, you will apply your knowledge of our technology systems to digitize these operations, increase their efficiency, and train staff on their implementation. Help take us to the next level! This is an opportunity to analyze current systems, identify areas of improvement, take initiative, and make real changes in our organization.
Americorps VISTA Program Benefits : Childcare Assistance If Eligible, Professional Training , Relocation Allowance , Bi-Weekly Living Allowance/Stipend, Paid Time Off, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* .
You’re Needed at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio: Due to poverty and severe life challenges, families are living in unfurnished or sparsely furnished homes. Amidst the aftermath of COVID-19, circumstances for local families in poverty have only worsened. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio helps turn their empty house into a home by providing essential furniture and household items- beds, dressers, sofas, tables, chairs, linens, dishes and pots and pans.
What We Do: The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is a unique and collaborative organization that provides furniture to central Ohio families and individuals in poverty and struggling with severe life challenges so that they can improve their lives. It started 23 years ago in a church basement with one man with a truck and has grown to serving more than 3,000 families a year. The Furniture Bank picks up donations of gently used furniture, mattresses and household items then works with dozens of nonprofits, churches and social service agencies to help families living in poverty. Families visit the Furniture Bank to select 5 to 20 pieces of furniture- beds, dressers, tables, chairs and other household items at our warehouse, then have their furniture delivered the same day. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is one of the largest furniture banks in the country, and works with an average of 9,000 donors, 2,000 volunteers, 3,500 client families and more than 100 referring agencies each year. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio operates two social enterprises- the Furniture with a Heart thrift store and Downsize with a Heart downsizing business.