Chicago Be The Match Walk+Run Local Organizing Committee Service Intern


Cause Areas


Mon Jan 16, 2017 - Fri Jun 16, 2017


Working RemotelyChicago, IL 60606



This role supports the Chicago Be The Match Walk+Run Local Organizing Committee. The mission of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is to provide local support in the fundraising and promotion of the Be The Match Walk+Run event. It is important for each market to have a strong LOC to help broaden the reach of the event. This internship provides the opportunity to experience first-hand the many facets of operating a fundraising event following a national template within the Chicago market.


Working from the Chicago area with local LOC volunteers and a Minneapolis-based staff supervisor

Key Responsibilities

* Assist with Chicago Walk+Run event operations including: data entry, list development, LOC meetings, and other efforts based on the direction provided by the Development Manager.
* Communicate with past/former Walk+Run team captains to encourage their team’s participation and fundraising for the 2017 event.
* Under the direction and guidance of the Development Manager, recruit new participant teams for the 2017 event and encourage team fundraising utilizing Be The Match Walk+Run participant team fundraising tools.
* Assist with the event sponsorship program, primarily through ensuring the fulfillment of sponsorship benefits: acknowledging gifts, updating websites and collateral with sponsor logos, providing information to sponsors for their own internal company campaigns, etc.
* Research additional potential sponsors and in-kind donations.
* Act as Secretary for all LOC meetings and send out meeting notes to all members within 2-3 business days following the meeting date.
* Coordinate community engagement events like the Chicago Walk+Run Kick-off meeting.
* May fulfill an LOC Committee Chair role in the absence of another volunteer.

Time Commitment

* January 2017 - June 2017
* Must volunteer a minimum of 120 hours
* Flexible working hours with some evening and weekend commitments



Qualifications and Requirements

* Must be enrolled at an institution of higher learning. There is a 6-month grace period post-graduation. The internship can be for class credit but that is not required.
* Self-motivated, strong interest in nonprofit work and belief in community services, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work in a mobile office environment using office tools like Microsoft Office.
* Comfortable and effective working independently and as a member of a team.
* Lifting boxes and supplies may be required as part of preparing for event and promotional opportunities.

Benefits Provided

Intern receives an orientation and works under the direction of the Development Manager. Can expect to develop time management skills, writing and communication skills, leadership skills, and proficiency in working remotely and working with volunteers. Can also expect to gain knowledge of fundraising and event logistics.

Be The Match Walk+Run Overview

Be The Match Walk+Run is a fundraising event that helps patients with blood cancers like leukemia find a marrow donor and receive a life-saving transplant. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. It can happen to anyone at any time. But so can a cure - a marrow transplant. The cure for blood cancer is in the hands of ordinary people. Most of us won’t have a marrow donor in our family and Be The Match matches volunteer marrow donors with patients who need them. The Be The Match Walk+Run (5K, 1K, and Tot Trot) raises funds to: add more volunteer potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry, giving more patients hope for a cure; help patients with uninsured treatment costs; and, support continued marrow transplant research.


  • Strategic Planning
  • Event Planning / Management
  • Healthcare
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • January 2017 – June 2017, 120 hours minimum
  • Flexible working hours with some evening and weekend commitments

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