The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
POSITION SUMMARY: Put your energy and passion to use and become part of a local non-profit organization! Do you love to make a difference in the community you live in? Do you want to help an agency whose mission is to move people forward? Then Waypoint is the place for you!
Under the direction of the Director of Homeless and Housing Services and staff, you will assist with the daily activities working with individuals experiencing homelessness, near homelessness, and poverty.
TIME COMMITMENT: Part-time with flexible hours between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Semester commitments are preferred, but can be adjusted to fit your schedule.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintain the guests' confidentiality and security of the shelter without compromise at all times in accordance with the Waypoint Confidentiality Policy
Field and respond to phone calls by inputting/collecting data on calls for emergency shelter, providing information and referrals, taking messages, and providing a triage screening to callers for admission to emergency shelter programs
Restock supply areas as needed
Complete requested paperwork and data entry in a timely manner
Comply with all Waypoint policies and procedures
Demonstrate a positive attitude and professional manner, both in appearance and actions in carrying out job responsibilities
Follow WAYPOINT CRISIS COMMUNICATION PLAN completely in crisis situations
Maintain scheduled internship hours and notify your immediate supervisor personally of absences
Assist with various program components as assigned
Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field
An understanding of the dynamics of homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse/assault, substance abuse, and mental illness
A sensitivity to working with families of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds
Knowledge of poverty and oppression and the ability to provide non-judgmental support
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:
Direct experience working with clients in crisis experiencing homelessness, near homelessness, and poverty
Knowledge of various community resources and how they work to support individuals in crisis
A deeper understanding of the various factors that contribute to homelessness and poverty in the community