ABOUT HABITAT CHESAPEAKE:
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Read more: habitatchesapeake.org/about/habitat-chesapeake
Habitat Chesapeake operates 6 ReStore retail operations across Central Maryland. This social enterprise operates to:
- Generate income to build affordable quality homes for families in Central Maryland;
- Provide quality and affordable home improvement and construction materials to the general public;
- Protect the environment by recycling and diverting usable items from landfills.
Read more about Habitat ReStore: www.chesapeakerestore.org
POSITION GOALS: While Habitat Chesapeake already has vibrant partnerships with at least 50 faith based groups in our area, there is opportunity for many, many more. There are well over 1000 faith based organizations in Central Maryland, within Habitat Chesapeake's service area, and many of them would be excited to partner with Habitat. We have long term goals of diversifying our engagement to include congregations and faith based organizations located within our build communities. As a critical part of the Habitat Chesapeake team, this VISTA will have a vital role in helping reach this milestone. To do so, the member will outreach to the Central Maryland faith community to recruit volunteers, fundraise, and promote and educate faith based partners about the goals, programs and mission of Habitat Chesapeake. They will also help us to create and implement a sustainable interfaith program. Many faith-based groups are excited about the concept of interfaith dialogue and shared projects, so the more interfaith opportunities we present, the more organizations we can engage. Faith-based groups are also eager for service opportunities for their youth, which Habitat Chesapeake can provide for youth 14 and older. By engaging the faith based community in our work—through volunteering, outreach, and fundraising—this member will help to create new and sustainable funding and volunteer streams that will enable us to build more homes and serve more families.
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm with occasional evening and/or weekend hours.
- $1,000 cash resources will be raised utilizing systems and opportunities identified by VISTA member
- 100 individuals will collaborate with VISTA member on projects related to this position. (Stakeholders, volunteers, community members, staff, etc.)
- 3 new and sustainable projects will be led by VISTA member that will increase capacity at the affiliate
- Research the procedures and resources that are currently in place for identifying and attracting new faith based prospects and identify best practices from other programs.
- Document research and communicate findings to site leadership and gain further direction to move forward with developing a comprehensive strategy for partnering with new and diverse faith groups.
- Develop a donor tracking system to assess whether increasing faith group involvement is an effective fundraising tool, ultimately leading to more dollars for more homes. Implement the new faith engagement strategy. Assist in testing and evaluating the various parts of the strategy and make revisions as needed in order to ensure success.
- Develop a target list of new faith groups that include, but go beyond, the three Abrahamic faiths, possibly involving Hindus, Buddhists, Universalist Unitarians, etc. New prospects should be both in and out of our focus neighborhoods.
- Develop and document a calendar of cultivation events (pot-lucks, panel discussions about faith and poverty, conversation and fellowship at a DIY ReStore workshop, etc.) and opportunities as well as a planning timeline for each. Initial events would be for fostering relationships and would lead up to a build day or days.
- Develop and document cultivation and event marketing materials as needed. Create templates that can be used in the future.
- Develop materials that explicitly document the benefits of partnership with HFHC.
- Develop a menu of activities for faith youth groups, ages 14 and up. Other than volunteering at the ReStore, these activities should be supported by the adults in the faith groups, with minimal HFHC staff involvement.
- Implement the faith engagement strategy. Create and document all development resources, including appeal letters, marketing materials, event timelines, etc.
- Assess the success of each event and amend as needed.
- Implement the donor tracking system. Gather feedback on the new system and make changes as needed.
- Communicate regularly with construction staff to be sure they can support whatever interest in build opportunities the different groups have.
- Develop a manual of resources and directions for maintaining the faith engagement strategy in its entirety including donor engagement, tracking, recognition, special events, in-kind donations, etc.
- Recruit and train volunteers/staff on use of donor tracking system and the faith engagement strategy as a whole, and ensure there is a transition plan for ongoing maintenance of systems and support of the plan.
- Ability to commit to full term of service;
- Regular and reliable attendance;
- Enjoys working in a team setting with people of diverse backgrounds;
- Willingness to assume leadership role as needed;
- Valid Driver's License and ability to meet Habitat Chesapeake's insurance requirements.
- Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)
- Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
- Strong desire to serve others;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong research skills
- Detail oriented and highly organized
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people
- Experience working as a member of a team
- Marketing experience is highly desirable
- Ability to sit at a desk and computer for extended periods of time
- About 20% of this position requires outreach in the community, including visiting buildings and homes that may have stairs, as well as serving on project sites that might have uneven terrain.
- A personal vehicle is required for meeting and event attendance. Approved service-related mileage will be reimbursed per Habitat Chesapeake's policy.
Benefits & Compensation Include:
- Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities
- AmeriCorps Living Allowance of approximately $12,100 paid bi-weekly over 52 weeks
- Childcare assistance for eligible members
- Loan forbearance for qualified student loans including payment of any interest that accrues during term of service.
- Education Award of approximately $5,550 upon successful completion of the service term.
- Monthly housing stipend of $350 for first year members & $500 for second year members
- One time $100 relocation assistance benefit, if applicable.
3741 Commerce Drive
Baltimore, MD, US 21227
Start and end dates:August 2016-August 2017
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Stipend provided