Over the last several years the Society has made excellent progress in creating and maintaining programs that make the District Council more effective in supporting our Conferences. Looking forward, we want to keep the momentum going and that can only be accomplished with your help. Below is a list of current opportunities available for service at the Council level. These are all important positions that will help move the Society toward our goal to increase support for our Conferences in the new year. If you have a talent in one of these areas or if you know of someone (member or not) who could help, please use the contact number provided. Your support will make a difference.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer Case Manager
We are joined with Catholic Charities of Palm Beach County to mutually address the needs of the homeless and near homeless. Our emphasis is being placed on two areas described below.
First, we are going to continue our efforts at homeless prevention. Second, we have begun a Rapid Rehousing Program. Our approach is to focus on moving homeless families into appropriate housing as quickly as possible by providing the type, amount and duration of housing assistance needed to stabilize the household. A homeless family will be provided rental assistance for the first and possibly second month.
Our Case Manager will be assigned to help them with finding an appropriate and permanent home. He will also assist in finding employment opportunities if the husband or spouse is not already employed. He will provide counseling to support the family until their employment and finances are stabilized and they obtain the resources necessary to avoid future crises.
Some counseling experience or similar is required
Assistant Thrift Store Manager:
The Assistant Store Manager supervises the reclamation, processing, distribution and sale of goods during the shift. The Assistant Manager also assists the Manager with customer service, merchandising, marketing, public relations, and employee relations. This position reports directly to the Store Manager. Store Hours are Tues.-Sat. 12pm-6pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. Minimum 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule.
Thrift Store Associate:
We need cashiers and floor people to help customers with their selections. There are also opportunities to help in sorting, pricing and moving clothes to the sales floor. Minimum one day per week or every other week from Noon to 6PM. No experience necessary. This is an opportunity to help us help those in need in our community.
Voice of the Poor Program Coordinator:
The Voice of the Poor is SVDP's national program that advocates for legislation at the national, state, and local levels that helps the poor. As Vincentians we are the Voice of the Poor. Therefore we want to inform our elected representatives and our community how legislative decisions affect the people we care for - our friends, the poor.
Disaster Program Coordinator:
Providing disaster relief is a long-standing Vincentian activity. Every Council should have a Disaster Committee to plan any responses the Council wishes to make toward areas hit by disasters. The committee then coordinates those responses when the time comes, and assures that it involves all Vincentians who wish to participate.
It is important to note upfront that SVDP is not an Immediate Responder to disaster sites. We are not professionals, but just ordinary people wishing to help out the best we can. Therefore, we do not worry about the things that the professional disaster agencies do, but rather help out wherever we can fit in. The normal response for us would be to help our fellow SVDP Council located in the stricken area.
Youth Program Coordinator:
Most people agree that we as Vincentians need to be reaching out and including the youth in our Society. We are creating a Regional Youth Program that can provide help and advice for those Councils who wish to reach out to the youth and try to create Vincentian Youth Groups in their Council areas. This is not a mandatory program for anyone, but is for providing assistance for those who do have a desire to introduce our youth to Vincentianism.