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Volunteer Opportunity

Newspaper and Community Support volunteer

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Street Sense Media
|
Washington, DC

Street Sense Media


New
|
Published 2 months ago

Recurring
Weekdays
A few hours per week

**COVID-19 Update**: We will provide PPE to all volunteers who work with us during the hours in which they are on site. Our staff has instituted a rigorous sanitization schedule and are taking every precaution to keep all personnel safe. Questions regarding these new policies and procedures are welcome.


Are you concerned about the state of homelessness in DC? Are you a hard-working and passionate individual looking to make a difference? We need you at Street Sense!

Street Sense is seeking motivated volunteers to assist with selling papers at wholesale to our newspaper vendors- who go out in public to sell them for a profit. We have an immediate and ongoing need for volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the relational quality of this position we request long term volunteers for 6-12+ months; however, we are also accepting short-term commitments at this time.

We are a non-profit offering economic opportunities to people experiencing homelessness by publishing a 16-page biweekly newspaper that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice. Our newspaper vendors, persons currently or formerly homeless, sell the newspaper and keep 100% of the profit.

Paper sales volunteers are the backbone of our organization and have daily interaction with individuals experiencing homelessness. By volunteering, you will learn personal stories of homeless struggles, provide a necessary service for our vendors, and play a major role in supporting Street Sense's mission to end chronic homelessness in DC.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Distribute newspapers to vendors
  • Alert paid-staff of any vendor needs or concerns
  • Retrieve vendor mail, donations, and messages as requested
  • Assist Editorial staff with content-related tasks as needed
  • Assist Administrative staff with other office projects as needed

VOLUNTEER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be able to communicate clearly in English
  • Basic understanding of computers, word processing and email
  • Must have basic math and cash handling skills
  • Should be able to navigate office environment which includes walking down hallways and using an elevator or stairs
  • Should be able to lift and carry at least 20 pounds over 100 ft or use a dolly

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This position works directly with our vendors, many of whom are people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness and/or poverty. Successful volunteers will need to be able to demonstrate patience and understanding when dealing with people of diverse backgrounds, educational levels, and mental health.


To apply, please email raven@streetsensemedia.org with your resume. Please include at least three references, your current availability, and anticipated start date.


For more info, please visit us on the web at www.streetsensemedia.org.

**COVID-19 Update**: We will provide PPE to all volunteers who work with us during the hours in which they are on site. Our staff has instituted a rigorous sanitization schedule and are taking every precaution to keep all personnel safe…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Training Provided
  • International Volunteers Welcome

Location

1317 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

How to Apply

Please email raven@streetsensemedia.org with your availability, including your anticipated start date--thank you!

Please email raven@streetsensemedia.org with your availability, including your anticipated start date--thank you!

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