The #1 requested item by families at social service agencies is diapers. Safety-net programs like WIC do not cover diapers. Grow our volunteer program with HappyBottoms, Kansas City’s diaper bank.
This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position with HappyBottoms. AmericCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and/or financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. Members earn a modest living allowance of $11,880, receive limited benefit options and after a year of service are eligible for an education award of $5,775 or post-service stipend. More information is available at www.VISTAcampus.gov. This position is a one to three year position.
Program Description: HappyBottoms seeks a motivated, proactive team member to join our passionate, smart and small team as a Volunteer Coordinator VISTA. Based on 2014 poverty statistics, there are an estimated 23,500 children in the greater Kansas City metro area who need diaper assistance. Our mission is to work with social service agency partners to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community. We are unique in that we work with over 36 social service agencies in Kansas City and 5 area hospitals to distribute diapers as part of our partner agency’s wrap around services. We are the only non-profit focusing on diaper need in KC and serve children who live in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties in Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.
The lack of an adequate supply of diapers impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of dhildren and their families. You can directly impact the well-being of families in Kansas City, by supporting our mission, in this role.
Volunteers are vital to HappyBottoms’ service delivery. Diaper orders are processed and filled exclusively through our dedicated volunteers. The VISTA will ensure we are providing an exceptional volunteer experience and will create programs and processes to enable the program to be sustainable while building capacity. By working with the Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, the VISTA will:
-- Develop, plan, execute, and evaluate a Shift Leader Pilot Program.
-- Develop and create a volunteer training and orientation plan to include videos, a Volunteer Handbook, and a Volunteer Welcome Center
-- Develop a Volunteer Recognition Plan to ensure that all volunteers feel appreciated and stay engaged with HappyBottoms over time.
HappyBottoms, located in Lenexa KS, is 20 minutes from Downtown Kansas City. A great place to live with low cost of living and boom of fabulous culture, shopping and restaurants. More KC info here: https://www.visitkc.com/how-we- do-kc.
HappyBottoms takes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4 th , Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and the day after, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Required age: 19 years old and some college completed. Applicants must have reliable mode of transportation and driver’s license.
Preferred skills of Applicants: Public speaking, nonprofit management and team work.
Work with Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager to:
Maintain volunteer database and complete monthly reports.
Recruit volunteers and follow up with all potential volunteer inquiries.
Research volunteer engagement best practices in regards to Shift Leader Programs, trainings and orientations, and volunteer recognition.
Create, implement, and evaluate a Volunteer Shift Leader Program.
Create, implement, and evaluate a Volunteer Recognition Program.
Develop and create a volunteer training and orientation plan to include videos, a Volunteer Handbook, and a Volunteer Welcome Center and a way to tie volunteers back to the mission and families served by HappyBottoms.
Support HappyBottoms’ community engagement - assist with developing new materials for community events, research which events to attend, and attend events.
Attend trainings and other professional development.
Work with volunteer groups in the evenings and weekends.
The service areas in which the VISTA would serve: Children.
● A college degree is preferred, but not required.
● An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual with a commitment to our mission.
● Experience managing volunteers.
● Ability to lead and work with large groups of diverse individuals on a regular basis.
● Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
● Ability to work autonomously, make sound decisions, and communicate effectively with team on work progress.
● Strong organizational skills; ability to prepare and maintain detailed records, files and reports on an ongoing basis.
● Flexibility to change direction as needed to meet deadlines.
● Comfortable with computers, proficient with Windows Office Suite and Google Docs.
● Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and personal vehicle.
Please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 40 hours a week