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ORGANIZATION: Idealist.org

Recruiting Organization: Catholic Charities (Archdiocese of Washington, DC)

Angels’ Watch Shelter provides safe, emergency, housing and necessities for women and families who are experiencing homelessness. The program mission involves volunteers in delivering services. Residents who volunteer in the shelter often express feelings of self-worth and belonging.

Volunteers will help residents move into their new homes that are stable and secure. They will provide clients with individual attention and expand the capacity of the staff to be responsive to residents.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Do online research for housing options for residents
  • Collaborate with the Angels’ Watch Case Manager and resident seeking a new home
  • Work with the parameters provided by the case manager to search for housing: budget, location, size, and proximity to schools, work or public transportation) (or Work with parameters provided re budget, location, size, proximity to schools, work or public transportation)
  • Talk with residents about their housing needs, wants, and options
  • Advocate for the resident with the prospective landlords
  • Assist residents to complete applications for housing and funding
  • Assist 5-6 families a week


Qualifications:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate technical skills to conduct online searches for homes for residents and to update shared electronic records
  • Complete Catholic Charities screening: application, present government ID (or alternative), TB test, up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination and booster record, criminal history check, reference check, and volunteer orientation

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Cheerful, outgoing, optimistic, and calm demeanor
  • Compassionate and understanding of people experiencing homelessness
  • Recognize the dignity of each individual person
  • Able to recognize people and remember names
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks at once

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Volunteers will contribute to the Angels’ Watch culture of caring that gives residents a sense of hope for acquiring housing and stability for their families
  • Volunteers will gain insight into the challenges people living on the margins of independence
  • Volunteers will join a highly functional team

Support:

  • Volunteers will have a staff mentor and point of contact
  • Volunteers will receive training in front desk operations
  • Volunteers will become familiar with the Angels’ Watch shelter and team who operate it

Time Commitment:

  • 4-hour shifts; twice a month
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Shifts are negotiable, including evenings and weekends
  • On site at Angels’ Watch Shelter; potential for doing research from home after 6 shifts on site

Location:

  • This is an in-person volunteer opportunity
  • Address in Waldorf provided when staff and volunteer discuss placement
  • Parking is available on site  
  • Walkable from bus stop

Next Steps:

  • By September 17: Fill in an application
  • September 8 - September 24: Matching Expectations conversation with Catholic Charities staff.
  • October 3: Find out if you’ve been selected for the role.
  • October 15- October 23: Attend virtual Volunteer Orientation and complete screenings.
  • October 26: Begin volunteering!


Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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About Idealist.org

Location:

389 5th Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 11109, US

Mission Statement

To bridge the gap between intention and action in order to bring about social impact.

Description

Idealist is a leading online global resource for finding jobs in the nonprofit sector, as well as volunteer opportunities and graduate school programs for social impact.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Homeless & Housing
Children & Youth, Community, Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Waldorf, MD 20001

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • WEEKDAYS, FEW_HOURS_MONTH

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