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.
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:
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
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
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
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:
Northeast Region Playspace Program Director
Horizons for Homeless Children
60 Island Street
Horizons for Homeless Children is an AA/EEO employer.