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Capacity Building to End Homelessness AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Development | Pontiac, MI | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:  

Lighthouse of Michigan was established in 2019 when Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter combined forces and merged agencies. LOC was founded in 1972 and started with a group of volunteers who provided food and clothing from the back door of a local church. SOS was established in 1985 by seven religious congregations in Oakland County. The new Lighthouse will leverage the best of both agencies, providing direct services (food, shelter, rental/utility and other financial assistance, clothing, crisis referrals) and stability and housing programs that develop and support self-sufficiency. 

With over 80 years of combined experience, Lighthouse aims to be a Beacon of Hope to our neighbors who need us the most. Families turn to us seeking support for the most basic of needs such as food or shelter. Many of these people are seeking help for the first time. Lighthouse’s vision is to solve the problems of poverty and homelessness by building affordable housing in local communities and by providing people with the resources, relationships, and skills they need to better themselves.

Member Duties: 

As the Volunteer Coordinator VISTA for Lighthouse, you will have the opportunity to help develop a robust and engaging volunteer program!   You will help to expand volunteer work across multiple programs, create community partnerships, implement volunteer recognition ideas, coordinate and supervise volunteers, create promotional materials and work with a collaborative and innovative team committed to helping those in need.  

Term Dates:  September 8th, 2020 – September 7th, 2021

Responsibilities include: 

  • Engage in community outreach to create new community partnerships and build the volunteer base  
  • Assist Volunteer Manager in maximizing corporate giving through volunteer grants and matches
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers
  • Help strengthen the relationships of current congregation partnerships who support our emergency shelters with volunteers and bring new congregation partners
  • Create marketing materials aimed at volunteer recognition and recruitment
  • Develop a volunteer recognition plan and activities
  • Partner with staff to create volunteer surveys to gain feedback
  • Work with Volunteer Manager to identify volunteer projects site wide
  • Help maintain volunteer database
  • Host and participate in community meetings and forums to educate on the needs in our community  
  • Facilitate/support community giving drives including but not limited to food drives, clothing drives, school supply drives, and other as needed
  • Assist with planning and executing fundraising events
  • Assist Volunteer Manager in writing volunteer policy and procedures
  • Work with Marketing to provide content for social media


  • Permits attendance at school during off hours
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Permits working at another job during off hours
  • Car recommended


  • Team Work
  • Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience helpful
  • Creativity
  • Public Speaking
  • Communications
  • Strong Writing Skills
  • Community Organization
  • Database Management
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Project management experience helpful


Experience in volunteer coordination, nonprofit fundraising, event management and/or community organizing. Qualified applicants need the ability to work independently and with a team.   Experience with data entry, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to multitask and prioritize tasks, and knowledge of social media tools. Need access to reliable transportation

Program Benefits:  

Living Allowance:   $12,311 per year

$200/Month housing stipend


Relocation Allowance

Education award upon successful completion of service: ($6,195) or cash stipend ($1800)  

Health Coverage - For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit

Childcare benefits (eligibility based)

Eligible for student loan forbearance & accrued interest payment

Non-competitive eligibility status for 12 months after completion