Benevolent Support Volunteer


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1955 North St. Louis Ave101Chicago, IL 60647


Center for Changing Lives (CCL)’s vision is a community where everyone thrives. Too often, resource and economic opportunity limit participants’ choices and capacity to achieve their goals and vision. CCL partners with those held back by lack of resource and economic opportunity in order to uncover possibilities, overcome barriers, and realize their potential in the form of partnership through coaching, training and educating, coalition building, advocacy, and organizing. CCL’s core services of financial, employment, and resource development coaching are supported by the time, skills, and dedication of volunteers.

One big challenge that many people face is acquiring the funds to pay for the training, tools, or resources that would propel him/her/them towards a goal. CCL has partnered with Benevolent to support CCL members with this challenge. Benevolent is an organization created to bring dignity and self-determination to both sides of the giving equation, illuminating the realities of life on the edge of sustainability. Benevolent provides a platform for clients to express their goals and needs and ask for monetary giving from friends, family, and strangers nation-wide.

As of January 2017, CCL and Benevolent have served 30 members and raised over $11,000 towards a variety of different goals

Position Overview:

This Benevolent Support Volunteer meets with members one-on-one to support them with creating their Benevolent request. This requires clients to tell their stories, both written and orally, via a short video. This volunteer position is highly interactive. You will support CCL members by advocating for them and posting their requests to the Benevolent website. This can be challenging for members and these volunteers will need to be positive and encouraging as well as comfortably create and upload videos. As Benevolent Support Volunteers, you will have direct financial impact on member goals and allow the freedom to get what they need to achieve employment and stable housing.

The Benevolent Support Volunteer will communicate most directly with the Resource and Connection Coordinator. They will utilize the CCL google calendar to schedule clients for next steps and appointments. Volunteers will be trained by the Resource & Connection Coordinator and exisiting volunteers.

CCL is seeking a volunteer who can commit to at least one 1.5 hour client meeting per week. Days and times are flexible.

To be most successful in this position, volunteers should have the following qualifications:

  • Adaptability

  • Curiousity

  • Good listening skills

  • Self-awareness

  • Comfortable using the computer (uploading videos, typing, and creating a profile)

  • Good communication

  • Make others feel comfortable and confident talking about their experiences and competencies

  • Bilingual preferred, but not necessary!


  • Provide support for those facing lack of resource, support, and economic opportunity

  • Build your network of professionals and community members working for structural policy change surrounding low-income housing, employment, and resource allocation

  • Opportunity to develop professional and nonprofit skills and relationships that can be used on a resume

  • Opportunity to build strong employment references

  • Opportunity to lead on an advocacy project or create a group within CCL


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 1.5 hours per week

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