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Students working at Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) and other SHOW staff. Opportunities include:
- Identifying granting agencies and completing grant applications
- Creating social media posts
- Working with ED on newsletters and content
- Covering reception office/responding to tenants as needed
- Helping plan special events for tenants
- Helping organize fundraising events
- Work with ED to ensure ongoing facilitation of fundraising and strategic plans
- Attending meetings as needed
- Propose and coordinate special interest projects as they relate to SHOW's mandate
The placement is a mix of all of the above and an amazing opportunity to learn about housing, homelessness, mental health, addictions, non-profit management, funding, research and policy work. To learn more about SHOW please visit www.showaterloo.org/
Engaging in the mentor program: buddy up with a student who is struggling with social skills, and spend time playing a game, talking, and developing a positive relationship; assisting with the student intramural program.
Engaging in the school's language and math programs: reading with students who a) require extra practice or b) do not have someone to read to at home for their daily reading; monitoring the home reading program books; assist with tutoring students who require extra academic support in language and/or math.
Supporting the coordination of the school's food and clothing programs: stocking food bins; locating and purchasing sale food items from grocery stores; delivering food bins to classrooms; organizing and sorting donated clothing.
Coordinating and running special interest clubs or workshops, including initiatives such as health promotion or leadership development.
Developing and promoting fundraising events in support of student programs.
Responsibilities would include joining the people who work and volunteer there to welcome and support community members as they use shower and laundry facilities, access harm reduction supplies, access health care, and build relationships. In this role, the student would be collaborating with place based outreach workers and volunteers create an environment of hospitality grounded in the philosophy of The Working Centre. They will participate in regular staff meetings, daily check ins, and debrief conversations at the end of each day.
This position provides an opportunity to enhance theoretical knowledge with direct experience of providing supports to individuals who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness, and engaging social services within a strong local community environment. With the active mentorship and guidance of the kitchen co-ordinator and outreach workers, the student will have an opportunity to reflect on their experience, their areas of growth, and how this might impact their future career goals. The student will also have an opportunity to see the various ways in which people from a wide variety of fields (medical, therapeutic, music therapy, MSW) collaborate to support people who come to the kitchen.