Communications Coordinator ShareCorps VISTA Member
What is AmeriCorps VISTA? From the AmeriCorps VISTA website: “AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.”
You’re Needed at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio:Due to poverty and severe life challenges, families are living in unfurnished or sparsely furnished homes. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio helps turn their empty house into a home by providing essential furniture and household items- beds, dressers, sofas, tables, chairs, linens, dishes and pots and pans.
What We Do: The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is a unique and collaborative organization that provides furniture to central Ohio families and individuals in poverty and struggling with severe life challenges so that they can improve their lives. It started twenty-two years ago in a church basement with one man with a truck and has grown to serving more than 3,000 families a year. The Furniture Bank picks up donations of gently used furniture, mattresses and household items then works with dozens of nonprofits, churches and social service agencies to help families living in poverty. Families visit the Furniture Bank to select 5 to 20 pieces of furniture- beds, dressers, tables, chairs and other household items at our warehouse, then have their furniture delivered the same day. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is one of the largest furniture banks in the country, and works with 9,000 donors, 2,000 volunteers, 3,500 client families and more than 100 referring agencies each year. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio operates two social enterprises- the Furniture with a Heart thrift store and Downsize with a Heart downsizing business.
How You’ll Help: The Communications Coordinator VISTA Member will expand volunteer opportunities by leading and training volunteers in sorting non-furniture donations. The VISTA Member will also manage communications and marketing efforts by communicating with individuals, families, businesses and other supporters to increase engagement from these audiences through social media, special events and email marketing. The VISTA will support the Development and Communications team by creating newsletters, marketing materials and other efforts to be identified by the VISTA member and support the 2021 Bed Race fundraiser through volunteer recruitment and social media marketing. This is an opportunity to come in, get creative, identify new projects, and make real changes in our organization.