Real Change is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunities to homeless and low-income people. If you're interested in working directly with Real Change newspaper vendors, we would love to have you volunteer at our Sales Desk! We are currently looking for volunteers who are able to come in for one 4-hour shift per week. We are also looking for volunteers who are able to cover these 4-hour shifts on an "as-needed" coverage basis.
The Sales Desk volunteer assists homeless and low-income Real Change vendors when they come into the office, and acts as receptionist for our Pioneer Square office. Your specific duties would include: interacting with vendors when they buy papers and come into the office, light office tasks such as typing and filing, and data entry into a FilemakerPro database (we will teach you how to use this user-friendly system). We want our vendors and other program members to feel welcome and safe when they come into the Real Change office, as oftentimes this is the one place that they are treated with dignity. Our sales desk volunteers are that first, friendly point of contact when they come to our office.
Skills required: Experience with computers is a must; familiarity with FileMaker Pro or other databases is helpful. Since you will have regular contact with people who are homeless/poor, strong communication skills are essential. You must be able to multitask and work well without supervision. Patience and the ability to work both under pressure and during down-time is required. Retail/cashier experience is helpful in this position.
Hours: The once-per-week Sales Desk shift requires you to be available to volunteer for one 4-hour shift per week or every other week, from 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm for at least 12 weeks. We are specifically looking for a volunteer to cover the Sales Desk Thursdays from 8am-12pm. You must be able to commit to showing up on time and stay for the whole shift. Sales Desk substitutes who serve on an "as-needed" basis, generally serve anywhere from 1-3 shifts per month.
Restrictions: You must be 18 or older for this volunteer position. Sorry, we cannot accommodate court-ordered volunteers or service-learning students in this particular role (though if you would like to volunteer in other ways, we are happy to discuss options to fulfill your hours requirement!).
To apply: Contact Katie Comboy by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (206) 441-3247 ext. 212
To learn more about Real Change and our Vendor Program, visit realchangenews.org.
Real Change is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.