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Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Posted: January 08 2016
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DescriptionAre you dreaming of fighting the good fight with a career in social services ? As good as it feels , it is also really hard work. And, whether or not your future plans include nonprofit work, social service/nonprofit experience can be a really good proving ground for anyone. Gain real-life experience in program management and development. Learn to work in a fast based environment and how to produce great things with minimal resources. Develop networking and negotiating skills. And learn empathy. And tolerance. And patience.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth have been, for decades, on the forefront of social change. In programs both in the US (including NJ, New Mexico, Maryland) and abroad (El Salvador and Haiti), the sisters have a deep-seeded and rich tradition of going where they are needed most. Name a social issue (Immigration, Migrant workers, domestic violence, war trauma, un/underinsured, hunger, homelessness, literacy...and more!), and we probably have a Sister working on it, right there on the front-lines. And she has probably been doing it, with very little fanfare, for many many years.
Choose Charity, our new volunteer initiative, places women in long(er) term volunteer positions (3 months to 1 year) at one of our sites. The volunteers live in community with the sisters. Since the Choose Charity initiative is very new, there are lots of opportunities for you to develop your skills. And, for us to tailor an internship to meet your needs and areas of interest. You would be based at the administrative offices of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, located in Morristown. We are on the campus with The College of Saint Elizabeth. There is a train stop in walking distance to the building. If you are interested, there are opportunities to work on-site with our community based programs.
Yes, we are a faith based. If everything else here resonates with you except that...know this: our focus is social justice, providing services to those in dire need, and doing it with respect. We recognize that the desire to do good work comes from many places -- faith, conscience, life experience, etc. If you have an interest in the more religious aspects, in ministry, definitely let us know. But you don't have to be Catholic, or religious. We need and want you to be committed to doing the kind of work we do. What drives you to do that is a personal thing.
ResponsibilitiesIf you are hungry to learn, we can't wait to teach you. And, we expect that we will learn much from you as well. The responsibilities would vary, according to your role. Since the Choose Charity volunteer initiative is still in the development stages, we need help in a variety of areas. Some examples are below, but we are willing to tailor the experience for the right candidate.
If your interest/focus is communications, responsibilities would include:
-Update social media accounts
-Develop content for website, Facebook page, etc.
-Assist with the development of PR materials
-Write profiles on volunteers and on the work being done in our program sites
If your interest is program management:
-Assist in developing policies and procedures
-Assist in developing volunteer job descriptions
If you speak Spanish, French or Creole, we could use help developing materials in those languages
If you have ideas of a project you'd like to tackle....let us know.
RequirementsStrong writing skills, experience with diverse populations, a basic understanding of poverty at least in the US,
good interpersonal skills, experience with social media, interest in community outreach, strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, strong computer skills, willingness to learn and ability to admit what you don't know