Established in 1991, Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to create a stronger, more unified Chicago. Chicago Cares empowers people to roll up their sleeves to solve the city’s most pressing challenges. Through the power of the volunteer experience, we bring people together from all Chicago neighborhoods. Chicagoans learn that they can and must be agents of change. Volunteers meet immediate needs while simultaneously breaking down barriers and creating a movement for long-term change, connecting with new people and building trust, empathy and understanding. What’s the ultimate goal? Chicago Cares envisions a city where we’re all active participants, fully invested in the city we call home and the success of all of our neighbors. Visit chicagocares.org to learn more.
The Volunteer Engagement team is responsible for the development and execution of all on-going, multi-engagement, and single-day volunteer service projects that engage Chicagoans as agents of change. The team coordinates all components of these volunteer programs, which vary in size from 10 to more than 1,000 volunteers, from project development and logistics to the education, empowerment and engagement of volunteers at the project. In a city as divided as Chicago, it is essential to offer a new kind of volunteer experience, impact volunteering, where volunteers work alongside community members to understand local issues, work collaboratively to address those issues, and build trust and connection along the way. Through the Volunteer Engagement team, Chicago Cares:
Connects volunteers to community-led and collective impact change efforts
Breaks down barriers and bridges the gaps facing our communities
Educates and inspires volunteers to commit to serve in new and different ways
The Associate will be responsible for providing logistical, administrative, and event assistance support to the Volunteer Engagement team to ensure quality programs and strong execution of volunteer projects.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Volunteer Project Support: Supply Management
Ordering, packing, shopping for, and delivering supplies for volunteer projects, and manage supply inventory
Supporting project managers and coordinators in staging supplies and preparing project sites for volunteer events
Preparing and managing paperwork and printed materials for projects
Volunteer Project Support: Leadership
Leading small groups of volunteers to complete assigned tasks at one-day events and/or ongoing programs
Volunteer Project Support: Administration
Collecting, entering, and communicating data for projects, including attendance logs for volunteers, evaluative data, and survey results
Other administrative and project support, as needed
Other duties as assigned
Advance Chicago Cares brand identity by reinforcing strategic messages and company values
Ensure quality and economic viability of all programming
Participate in cross-departmental committees and task forces, as appropriate
Participate in and provide support and stewardship of fundraising activities
Previous volunteer management or event planning experience a plus
Ability to work collaboratively with our staff, corporate partners, and volunteers
Comfort and experience with administrative tasks like data input, email communications, phone communications, supply ordering and inventory, etc.
Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills
Comfort taking initiative to jump in and ensure strong volunteer experiences, and quality of all program efforts
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and engage in physical labor associated with loading, unloading and moving project supplies
Access to reliable transportation (CTA or personal vehicle)
A valid driver's license with a clean driving record
Ability to drive a cargo van or box truck to make project supply deliveries
Ability to adjust to various physical and environmental conditions as the position may require outdoor work, lifting/moving large items, and/or long periods of time spent inside of a warehouse.
Commitment to working outside traditional work hours and schedules
Additional Salary Information: Additional Information: This is a part-time position with the option for a flexible schedule. The ideal candidate will be able to work 20-25 hours a week (typically between the hours of 7AM to 5PM) with some evening and weekend assignments. This position includes travel within Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in developing skills in event planning, community development, program planning, non-profit management, volunteer management, and corporate relations. Starting wage is $18 per hour.
Internal Number: PAVE 2018
About Chicago Cares
POSITIVE LONG-TERM CHANGE FOR THE CITY WE LOVE
Chicago Cares envisions a city where we’re all active participants, fully invested in the city we call home and the success of all of our neighbors. We see a future where all Chicagoans work together across divides to improve the quality of life for everyone and set our city on a path toward long-term change.
To realize this vision, we plan 200 volunteer projects open to the public every month, hundreds of corporate volunteer programs every year, and annual events like Serve-a-thon.