As a volunteer, you will serve as an important partner in empowering people living in poverty to reach economic stability. We want to give all of our volunteers many opportunities to learn new skills and bring their unique expertise and perspectives to our work. Join our team!
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Community Engagement Intern
Develop your communications skills and build a portfolio while you gain hands-on experience planning, creating, writing and editing content for our agency. We are looking for a great budding writer/editor who wants to help us engage with the community 12-16 hours a week each semester. ECKAN CE Intern Job Description 2019
Serve as the “face of ECKAN” in our Community Centers. Includes copying, filing, answering phones, greeting visitors, answering or referring inquires, keeping a log of visitors, and other clerical duties as assigned.
Help in loading, unloading, and distributing food received via Harvester’s Retail Recovery Program and/or community donations. Sort and organize food items in pantries. May also prepare food boxes/bags for distribution to clients and help elderly and disabled customers by carrying food boxes to their vehicles.
The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The simulation is conducted in a large room with the “families” seated in groups in the center. Around the perimeter are tables representing community resources and services for the families, such as a bank, super center, Community Action Agency, employer, etc. Volunteers are recruited to staff the resource tables. Click here for more information about Poverty Simulations.
Special Events: Prom Boutique, Christmas Bureau, School Supply Drive, etc.
Support ECKAN through a variety of tasks related to special events at various times of the year such as Prom Boutique, Christmas Bureau, School Supply Drive and more. This may involve planning, publicizing and/or coordinating the event itself.
Support children’s learning by reading to a child. Play a learning game with a small group of children. Share a special talent you have, i.e. cooking experience, hobby, tell them about your job, etc. (Staff will work with you to make appropriate for the age of children at each site.) We are always looking for substitutes to cook or assist a teacher in the classroom, too.
Aid the staff in keeping ECKAN buildings and grounds looking great by washing windows, doing yard work, wiping down tables, maintaining playground areas, etc.
Our work as a private, non-profit corporation is overseen by a 12-member, volunteer Governing Board of Directors. The members of the Board represent the communities we serve and are elected in 3 categories: Private Sector, Public Sector, and Low-Income Sector.