• Hunger Action Corps: Veteran Pantry Coordinator

    Internship Locations US-IL-Chicago | US-IL-Chicago
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  • Overview

    Position purpose:
    The state of Illinois is home to approximately 700,000 Veterans, more than 160,000 of whom reside in Cook County.  It is estimated that over 13,000 of these Veterans are living in poverty. On Veterans Day 2013, the Greater Chicago Food Depository responded to this by opening a food pantry at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (VAMC), in the Illinois Medical District, serving approximately 175 veterans each week. Following the success of the pantry at Jesse Brown VAMC, in November 2014 a second food pantry for Veterans was opened at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, located in Hines, Illinois, serving approximately 135 Veterans each week.


    Duties & responsibilities:
    Two half-time (920 hours in total; 18-24 hours per week) AmeriCorps members will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the pantry including, but not limited to: placing the weekly food order, scheduling and managing volunteers, facilitating the set-up and clean-up on the day of pantry distributions, record-keeping and reporting.

    • Volunteer recruitment and management
      • Identify partner organizations that can provide volunteers to support pantry distributions
      • Host and deliver training sessions for new volunteers
      • Evaluate the volunteer experience
      • Schedule volunteers for the day of pantry distributions
      • Assign volunteer roles
    • Daily food pantry operations
      • Understand trends in veteran pantry attendance and place weekly food orders accordingly
      • Improve upon food distribution strategies
      • Ensure pantry space is kept organized and clean
    • Reporting responsibilities
      • Keep accurate records regarding client attendance and volunteer shifts
      • Maintain the pantry budget
      • Plan for special events



    • Veteran – “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefore under conditions other than dishonorable.” section 101 of title 38, 23 United States Code. - (DD214 required)
    • Strong interpersonal & customer service skills required, with an ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically
    • Excellent project management abilities
    • Experience with volunteer management and/or community outreach preferred
    • Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask
    • Strong problem-solving skills required, with an ability to think creatively to resolve issues and adapt to changing environments
    • Proficient in MS Office applications, with an ability to learn to use new computer programs


    Working conditions:

    • Members will serve part-time (18-24 hours per week, not including meal/break times) – the members’ schedules will be determined based on pantry distribution schedules.
    • Pantry distributions take place in hospitals – members may be exposed to infectious disease.
    • Members may occasionally interact with individuals who are experiencing mental illness.


    Physical requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Hunger Action Corps members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


    • Physical Activity:
      • Manual dexterity to use computer, mouse, telephone, and other standard office equipment.
      • Medium work: exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
    • Visual:
      • Close visual acuity (with correction) to read needed work documents, papers, and computer terminal.
      • Visual acuity (with correction) to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of site visits.
    • Other:
      • Verbal skills – member must be able to communicate with others in person and over the phone.


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