Volunteer Opportunities

 

The Healthy Homes Coalition is grateful for the work of our volunteers as they help us fulfill our mission protect children's health and wellbeing by eliminating harmful housing conditions!

Would you like to join the team?  See the volunteer opportunities posted below, or fill out the form on the Volunteer Opportunities Page and we'll be in touch to see how your skills and passion can help our cause.

We welcome requests from individuals, groups, and students requesting internships.  Let's talk and then get to work protecting kids!

Did You Know...

The Healthy Homes Coalition relies upon dozens of volunteers each year to install smoke alarms, get the word out, and help families.

Volunteer Opportunities

Peer Educator

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Description:

Peer Educator Job Purpose: Volunteers needed to go into Grand Rapids homes to educate families about lead poisoning and other home hazards.

Peer Educator Job Duties: Volunteers will be trained to conduct a quick visual assessment of homes to identify lead and other hazards. Educate residents about lead hazards and how to reduce them, the effects of lead poisoning, and available resources. Provide residents with all needed documents.

 

Qualifications:

Strong interpersonal skills.

Comfortable with going into peoples homes.

Follow directions from Healthy Homes Staff.

Positively represent the vision and mission of the Healthy Homes Coalition.

Be a person of honesty and integrity.

Must have access to a vehicle or must be willing to work in a group with someone who does.

Comfortable filling out forms.

Spanish speaking highly desired, but not required.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Healthy Homes Ambassador

Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Description:

Healthy Homes Ambassador Job Purpose: Ambassadors needed to aid in community awareness of and involvement in the work of the Healthy Homes Coalition by visiting community members through door-to-door contact.

Healthy Homes Ambassador Job Duties:

Connect with families, businesses, and organizations in the community to promote the work of the Healthy Homes Coalition (ambassadors may be the first point of contact with Healthy Homes).
Work with Healthy Homes staff to create a Healthy Homes informational packet that can effectively engage a variety of community members.
May assist with other social marketing efforts.

 

Qualifications:

Strong interpersonal skills.
Must be willing to follow directions from Healthy Homes staff.
Positively represent the vision and mission of the Healthy Homes Coalition.
Comfortable going to people's homes.
Dependability.
Be a person of honesty and integrity.
Must have access to a vehicle or be willing to work in a group with someone who does.
Spanish speaking desired.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Translator - Spanish

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Description:

Translator Job Purpose: Update Get the Lead Out! website Spanish translation.

Translator Job Duties: Work within website editor to translate web pages from English to Spanish.

 

Qualifications:

Proficiency in both Spanish and English (especially written), Typing, Documentation Skills, Written Communication, Dependability, Attention to Detail, Administrative Writing Skill.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation Volunteer

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Description:

Alarm Installation Job Purpose: Volunteers needed to go into families' homes and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Volunteers will also share important fire and carbon monoxide safety information with residents.

Alarm Installation Job Duties: The primary job duties consist of, but are not limited to, installing carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. Providing residents with all needed documents and information in regards to the alarms, and gathering information and filling out all needed forms.

 

Qualifications:

Comfortable with going into peoples homes.

Comfortable with, or willingness to learn how to use a drill.

Must be willing to follow directions from Healthy Homes Staff.

Comfortable filling out forms.

Positively represent the vision and mission of the Healthy Homes Coalition.

Be a person of honesty and integrity.

Must have access to a vehicle or must be willing to work in a group with someone who does.

Spanish speaking highly desired.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Maintenance Help

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Description:

Now that we've moved into our new space at 1545 Buchanan Ave SW we could use a few helping hands around the office. We have a list of odd jobs including paint touch up, maintaining light fixtures, and more.

 

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Qualifications:

Qualifications: 

Capable with various hand tools.

Must be willing to follow directions from Healthy Homes staff.

Attention to quality and detail.

Able to keep appointments and see projects through to completion.

Ability to work independently.

Office Assistant

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Description:

Office Assistant Job Purpose: Maintains office operations by receiving and distributing communications; maintaining supplies and equipment; picking-up and delivering items; serving customers.

Office Assistant Job Duties:

    Forwards information by receiving and distributing communications; collecting and mailing correspondence; copying information.
    Maintains supplies by checking stock to determine inventory levels; anticipating requirements; placing and expediting orders; verifying receipt; stocking items; delivering supplies to work stations; creating education packets.
    Maintains office operations and confidentiality standards by performing light clerical duties to process customer documentation.
    Maintains office schedule by picking-up and delivering items using automobile.
    Serves customers by backing-up receptionist; answering questions; forwarding messages; confirming customer orders; keeping customers informed of order status.
    Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.
    Enhances organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

 

Qualifications:

Office Experience - General, Scheduling, Telephone Skills, Typing, Documentation Skills, Meeting Planning, Verbal Communication, Written Communication, Dependability, Attention to Detail, Administrative Writing Skill.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

File Archiving Volunteer

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Description:

File Archiving Job Purpose: Volunteers needed to help archive closed out paper client files to reduce paper volume in the office.

File Archiving Job Duties: The primary job duties consist of coming into the office during office hours to scan paper files using our scanner. Files need to be prepared for scanning.

Please note that this position may be combined with the office assistant position.

 

Qualifications:

Attention to detail

Familiarity with high volume xerox scanner

Maintain confidentiality with family information

Ability to stand/sit while preparing and scanning documents

If interested please submit our sign up form.

 

Event Planner

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Description:

Event Planner Job Purpose: Event planner needed to help with planning of various events including assisting with leading happy hours and donor appreciation events. 

Event Planner Job Duties: The primary job duties consist of, but are not limited to assisting the Executive Director with planning various events. This includes securing facilities and underwriters, managing invite lists, proposing creative event ideas, and coordinating staff activities.

 

Qualifications:

Previous event management experience desired.  This may include social and other personal events.

Excellent communication skills

Accountable to timelines and planned deliverables.

Ability to work independently 

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Legal Help

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Description:

Legal Help Job Purpose: A skilled and appropriately qualified individual is needed to aid in the review, creation, and management of various documents and coverages.

Legal Assistant Job Duties: Work with Executive Director to reduce organizational liability. Review documents, policies and contracts, assist with document creation as needed, and make recommendations.

 

Qualifications:

Previous legal experience or supervision required; attention to detail; dependability; be a person of honesty and integrity.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Volunteer Coordinator

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Description:

Volunteer Coordinator Job Purpose: Volunteer Coordinator needed to manage organizational need for volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator Job Duties:

    Work with Administrative Assistant to assess need for volunteers, coordinate volunteer schedules, and provide orientation for new volunteers.
    Invests in volunteers by communicating expectations, schedules, and new opportunities with volunteers.
    Enhances organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

 

Qualifications:

Scheduling, Telephone Skills, Typing, Documentation Skills, Meeting Planning, Verbal Communication, Written Communication, Dependability, Attention to Detail.

Must have biweekly availablity (1-2 hours) for 3+ months.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Fund Development Intern

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013

Description:

Fund Development Intern Job Purpose: The Fund Development Intern will assist with advance organizing for a 2016 donor luncheon that seeks to attract and engage 250 motivated givers. Advance organizing will include securing underwriting, recruiting and training table captains, and developing publicity for the event.  This is an excellent learning opportunity for students interested in nonprofit management, international development, or other fields where grassroots funds must be raised on an annual basis.

Fund Development Intern Job Duties: (Minimum of 8 hours per week) The primary responsibilities of the Fund Development Intern will consist of, but are not limited to, the following duties:

Improve prospect list for underwriting at the table sponsorship level.
Develop and distribute table sponsor packets, making follow-up phone calls to secure sponsorships.
Support leadership with scheduling and approaching major event underwriters.
Make contact with past table captains and new prospects to ensure a cadre of 30 table captains.
Assist with organizing a table captain orientation and training.
Support table captains.  Maintain ongoing communication.
Help develop promotional materials.
Perform other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Qualifications:

Attention to detail.
Strong profiencity in Microsoft Office.
Database experience.
Highly motivated and organized.
Strong interpersonal communication, writing, editing, research, and organizational skills.

Marketing and Communications Intern

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013

Description:

Fund Development Intern Job Duties: 8-10 Hours per week. Assist with making improvements to a variety of marketing and communications tools, such as:
New and enhanced brochures, fliers, mailers, and other print collateral.
Production of website content.
Re-design of newsletter to make it consistent with recent website redesign.
Assist with social marketing efforts.
Possible events or media work.

Tasks would be aligned with the interns skills and passions.

If interested please submit our sign up form.

Qualifications:

Strong marketing or communications aptitude. This may be a technical proficiency in design, or it may be strong writing skills. The internship could be developed around the intern's skill set

The intern MUST be very dependable, able to work alone and unsupervised, and capable of being assigned broad tasks and being responsible for developing a work plan and managing tasks that lead to project completion.

Realistic creativity strongly desired.