Internship at Horizons For Homeless Children

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Horizons for Homeless Children

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Playspace Programs Northeast Region

Internship

Lawrence, MA

Beginning Winter 2018

Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. HHC provides early care and education services for homeless children and support services for their families in an atmosphere of safety, nurturance, and stability. HHC's Playspace Programs provide Playspaces for children living in family shelters across the state and recruit and train volunteers to play with the children in those Playspaces.

Assignment Overview:

The Playspace Programs Intern is responsible for assisting with recruitment, training and retention of volunteers. Additionally, the intern assists with the maintenance and restocking of 24 Playspaces across northeastern MA (including shelters in the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore). This opportunity is part-time and requires a commitment of approximately 8-12 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. The assignment begins in September 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

Outreach:

  • Assist with the recruitment of volunteers for the Northeast region's Playspace Programs through outreach activities, visibility events, community outreach, mailings and distributing flyers, media venues, and volunteer fairs
  • Assist with PAL trainings (registration, materials and training packets)
  • Assist with volunteer events, activities and workshops

Playspaces Programs:

  • Assist with the installation and opening of new Playspaces and refurbishment of existing Playspaces
  • Assist in the sorting, selecting and managing in-kind donations to be used in the Playspaces
  • Assist in the maintenance, inventory and restocking of Playspace Programs storerooms
  • Assist in strengthening relationships with PALs through appreciation efforts to help foster volunteer retention
  • Administrative and other tasks as necessary

Compensation:

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge about early childhood education and the needs and challenges facing homeless families.
  • You will also gain important experience in the non-profit field, build your resume, and expand your network for when you are ready to apply for a job.
  • We are open to working with your Faculty Internship or Practicum Advisor to help you get academic credit.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one academic year of study at the college level
  • Data entry experience and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access & Excel (preferred)
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Team player
  • Excellent telephone skills
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Strong interest in working with volunteer programs, child development, homelessness or "at risk" populations
  • Valid driver's license and access to a car
  • Willing to travel to our sites located throughout northeastern MA (Lowell, Lawrence, North Shore, MetroNorth and more), and occasional travel to the main office in Roxbury

Send resume and cover letter to:

Steven Croke

Northeast Region Playspace Program Director

Horizons for Homeless Children

60 Island Street

Lawrence,MA 01840

scroke@horizonschildren.org

Horizons for Homeless Children is an AA/EEO employer.

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About Horizons for Homeless Children

Location:

60 Island St., Lawrence, MA 01840, US

Mission Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways.

Description

Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of homeless children by providing early care and education in our Community Children's Centers, creating Playspaces (recreational spaces) in shelters throughout Massachusetts and recruiting thousands of volunteers to help us in our efforts. Horizons for Homeless Children is a leader in advocating for homeless children and their families. At the local, state and federal levels, we promote and support policies that will benefit homeless children and families. We also share our knowledge and expertise with other service providers.

WHEN

Mon Jan 06, 2020 - Tue Jun 30, 2020

WHERE

60 Island StreetLawrence, MA 01840

(42.70577,-71.15307)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Care
  • Relationship Building
  • Data Entry
  • Child Welfare

GOOD FOR

  • Teens

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approx. 8-12 Hours per week; Flexible scheduling
  • Training, CORI, SORI, Reference Checks

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