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Communications Specialist Volunteer

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Foundation For Essential Needs

  • 1 person is interested

Volunteer Position Purpose:

To develop effective storytelling techniques that share the stories of FFEN, local food shelves and the changing hunger relief system. Lead development web content that evolves how the broader public understands what a food shelf can look like and the critical stabilizer role it plays in a community.


  • Story Creation: Meet with FFEN volunteers, partnering food shelves and sector peer organizations to gather background and insights to build into stories that can be highlighted on various FFEN platforms (website, FB, etc)
  • E-Newsletter Development: Develop and implement e-newsletter communications out to key FFEN audiences; ensure brand alignment in all communications; utilize metrics to increase newsletter engagement.

Position Requirements:

  • Comfortable talking with a wide variety of people to draw out and honor what makes each story unique
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, flexible work environment and take initiative to meet broad goals
  • Familiarity with Wix
  • Graphic design experience in Canva or PiktoChart is a plus


  • Gain experience and refine your ability to communicate effectively with unique audiences (donors, volunteers, food shelves and peer organizations) while ensuring broader alignment with organizational brand and tone
  • Develop your ability to craft concise stories that convey meaning for different communications avenues
  • Enhance storytelling tone that honors the important work being done in the field by local food shelves
  • Engage in opportunities to enhance resume and cover letter writing, networking and interview skills and partake in other professional development opportunities such as networking, workshops and trainings

Time Requirements & Schedule:

  • Total Time Requirement: 2-3 hours per week
  • Time Commitment: 4 month
  • Schedule: Flexible during FFEN Office Hours, 8am to 4pm Monday-Thursday

To apply for this internship position, forward your resume and cover letter to : volunteer@ffen.org

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About Foundation For Essential Needs


701 North 3rd Street, Suite 203, Minneapolis, MN 55401, US

Mission Statement

Investing dollars and talent into the transformation and sustainability of Minnesota food shelves.


FFEN is a nimble, innovative and entrepreneurial nonprofit investing dollars and practical expertise into improving the financial and operational capacity of Minnesota food shelves. In the rapidly changing hunger relief environment, we offer pragmatic and free assistance to food shelves reinventing themselves to better serve more clients. We operate by building trust-based relationships with local food shelves and support them to incorporate increased business and service best practices in their work. We believe that a strong and stable food shelf system is critical to our communities and our vision is for the system to provide equitable, healthy & predictable food options throughout the state.



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours per week

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