LIFT is a growing, national movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. Our mission is to alleviate poverty in LA and our country by engaging volunteer Advocates in this effort. LIFT recruits and trains a diverse corps of advocates comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, veterans, retirees, etc. Our advocates make a rigorous and sustained commitment to service. This corps operates a national network of service centers, where they work side by side with a community members to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and connect them to critical supports like healthcare and childcare. More than 70,000 members and their families have been served in LIFT’s 15-year history. LIFT has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.
r Duties and Responsibilities: Advocates are needed to work side-by-side with usually low-income community members to address immediate needs (employment, housing, public benefits, health care, education, etc.) and build comprehensive, long-term support designed to help families break the cycle of poverty.
r ● Advocates work a minimum of eight hours in the office each week. Tools are provided in the office to help you guide your work, from sophisticated online databases (LINK & Exchange) to resource guides.
r ● Meet one-on-one with LIFT members assessing needs and providing direct and referral services. You might help somebody write their first resume, locate a G.E.D. program, find affordable housing or child care, research job openings in the area, and/or provide listening and support.
r ● Communicate regularly with members to create goals, check in on client progress, update members on new resources/information, etc.
r ● Advocates are required to take part in trainings and listen to prominent community guest speakers. Trainings focus on issues/challenges facing our member base, including: understanding the public housing system, public benefits, mental health issues, and employment needs. These Ongoing Trainings (aka “OT’s”) total to 3-4 hours a month and occur every 1-2 weeks.
r Qualifications: LIFT advocates and interns are bright and motivated, with a strong desire to get to know and give back to their communities. We’re looking for people who are determined and committed to helping others by lending their pro-active problem-solving skills. Advocates must be supportive listeners with a willingness to get to know people in their community and the services available to help them. This position is applicable to those interested in social work, social justice, counseling, and community development.
r *Interviews will be required for this position.
r Benefits to becoming a LIFT Intern or Volunteer: LIFT provides direct, hands-on experience with poverty, unemployment, housing, public assistance, and a variety of other issues, by working one-on-one with community members. While volunteering at LIFT, there are many opportunities to gain and develop leadership skills in working with diverse groups of people, office management, public relations, event planning, and non-profit management. You will make contacts in both the business and social service world and gain practical skills to put on your resume. For those interested, you can also greatly improve your Spanish speaking skills!
Advocates are required to volunteer at least 8 hours a week. Hours are completed in shifts. The morning shift (9am - 1pm) and/or the afternoon shift (1pm - 5pm). Hours outside these times cannot be accepted due to the nature of our work.
Tags: education, health, hunger, poverty, social justice, social work, employment, housing, social service, service
Contact Person: Raisa Ma
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone Number: (213) 744-9468 x304
Organization: LIFT-Los Angeles