Housing Volunteer(s) - Bill Sorro Housing Program

Published

09/13/2018

Start Date

10/01/2018

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

1360 Mission St.
#400
San Francisco
CA
94103
United States

Description

Organization:​ Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP) is a unique housing service center inspired by Bill Sorro’s work to support low-income individuals, families, immigrants, veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, LGBT, and other highly vulnerable tenants from displacement.


HOURS:    Minimum of 4 hours/week


COMMITMENT:      Minimum of 3 months


VOLUNTEER POSITIONS: Outlined below are brief descriptions of the duties and responsibilities of each available volunteer position. Each position is a weekly commitment of a minimum of 4 hours; if you have the availability to fulfill more than one volunteer role and have interest in doing so, you are welcome to apply for multiple opportunities. 


Language Assistance

Overview: Volunteer will provide verbal and written translation assistance to facilitate completion of intake interviews and case management of client needs with the guidance of BiSHoP housing case managers and/or housing specialist; provide other translation assistance as necessary.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing translation assistance during client appointments and client communications via phone and email
  • Providing translation assistance during weekly Tuesday drop-in clinics
  • Providing translation assistance during housing workshops and in the production of outreach materials

Additional Details:

  • Bilingual English-Spanish or bilingual English-Tagalog required; language proficiency will be assessed as part of the interview process
  • Availability every Tuesday between the hours of 9am-5pm highly desired


Outreach

Overview: Volunteer will assist the Housing Specialist/Data Analyst to implement outreach strategies in order to promote BiSHoP services and available affordable housing opportunities to target populations. 


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting literature drop-offs to local businesses and community partners
  • Attending and representing BiSHoP at community events and meetings
  • In partnership with BiSHoP staff, creating outreach materials and maintaining social media accounts

Additional Details:

  • Bilingual English-Spanish or bilingual English-Tagalog preferred, but not required; language proficiency will be assessed as part of the interview process
  • Experience in social media marketing a plus
  • Experience in graphic design a plus


Office Administration and Reception

Overview: Volunteer will manage reception area and act as first point of contact

for new and returning clients seeking services.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Welcoming clients by providing direction and assistance with signing-in and completing intake forms as necessary; scheduling client appointments
  • Answering questions regarding BiSHoP services and the housing application process; referring clients to appropriate BiSHoP staff when further assistance is needed
  • Providing translation assistance and administrative support, such as answering and returning phone calls and making photocopies and scanning clients’ housing-related documents

Additional Details:

  • Bilingual English-Spanish or bilingual English-Tagalog preferred, but not required; language proficiency will be assessed as part of the interview process
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and Google G Suite required


Client Intakes and Applications

Overview: Volunteer will assist Housing Case Managers and Housing Specialist

in the completion of and follow-up with clients’ housing applications.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Housing Case Managers and Housing Specialist to conduct client intakes
  • Assisting staff with the submission of housing applications on behalf of clients during regular office hours and evening housing application workshops
  • Conducting follow-up with clients on status of housing applications when necessary, which includes but is not limited to, informing clients of lottery results and anticipated next steps

Additional Details:

  • Bilingual English-Spanish or Bilingual English-Tagalog preferred, but not required; language proficiency will be assessed as part of the interview process



INCENTIVES:

  • Lunch meals provided
  • Training in case management, counseling, client intakes, and housing applications provided
  • The opportunity to learn about below market rate and affordable housing in San Francisco, housing resources, and gentrification and displacement from a service provider’s perspective
  • Letters of recommendation and references
  • Mentorship
  • Networking opportunities
  • The opportunity to support those most vulnerable in San Francisco in their fight to obtain or retain their housing


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 18 years or older
  • Interest and/or experience in housing rights, tenants advocacy, community organizing
  • Previous training and/or education in counseling, social work, public policy, ethnic studies, sociology, urban planning
  • No minimum education or experience required


TO APPLY:

Email info@bishopsf.org with your full name, phone number, the volunteer position(s) you are interested in, and your answers to the following questions (please limit each answer to 300 words or less):


  • What interests you about the volunteer position(s) you are applying for and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • What are your thoughts about the issue of housing in San Francisco?
  • Are you fluent in a language other than English? If so, please indicate what language(s) and level of proficiency.

Benefits

  • Training Provided

Benefits

  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

info@bishopsf.org


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