You are invited to join us at 3147 SW Hathaway Drive, Corvallis, OR 97333 on August 17th at 2pm for the Home Dedication for José, Dulce, and their three children! For more information please call 541-752-3354 ext. 300. Hope to see you there!
Join us at Woodlands for the official groundbreaking of our first lot! Saturday, July 20th, 10am, 618 N. 9th Street, Philomath. The Woodlands development is a 6 home subdivision of Benton Habitat for Humanity homes. We will be building 5 homes over the next 2 years and updating a current home on the property. This is our biggest project ever and we hope you’ll join us in kicking it off!
1. Tell us, what are you working on?
I have been working with Tabitha, the Homeowner Services Manager and learning a lot. My main task so far has been aiding in the Homeowner Selection Process. I have been focusing on the intake of new applications and working with these families to make sure their applications are complete.
2. What have you enjoyed most about interning with BHFH?
The staff and volunteers are all very welcoming and kind. It’s also just a good feeling to know that my contributions, even if they are small, are helping to put very deserving families into affordable housing.
3. How does this internship help with your career exploration/interests?
Interning here at Benton Habitat for Humanity has taught me a lot about the needs of our community. Before this internship, I did not have a lot of knowledge about the housing need in Benton County.
4. What do most people not know about BHFH that they should?
I think that a lot of people do not know the extent that Habitat can help people; before I started interning here I was not aware that Habitat even had a Home Repair program. I also think that it is important for people to know that the people at Benton Habitat for Humanity build relationships with their clients that do not end once the projects are complete.
5. If you were boss for a day (here or anywhere) what would be your first action item?
I think the first thing that I would want to do if I were a boss somewhere, would be getting to know the perspectives from everyone we interact with, including employees, volunteers, previous clients, and potential clients. I think gaining an understanding of how an organization functions through an outside perspective would be helpful for me as a person in that position.
Benton Habitat for Humanity brings people together to make decent homes achievable for everyone in our community. Interns have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of the organization and they can contribute to a variety of projects that assist with the achievement of the mission of Benton Habitat for Humanity.
The Intern will work with the Family Service Coordinator to assist with partner family services, the homeowener selection process, resource allocation, and event management. The intern will gain an understanding of poverty and housing issues and will work directly with the families that Benton Habitat serves. Close to half of our partner families are primarily Spanish speaking and we are hoping to support them better by offering bilingual services. This is an unpaid internship.
- Work collaboratively with the Family Services Coordinator to communicate and support existing clients, especially with Spanish speaking homeowners
- Identify potential avenues for funding, primarily grant acquisition
- Aid Family Services Coordinator in leading family support based committees
- Develop suitable action items for family support based committees
- Work with Family Services Coordinator to maintain connections and partnerships with community agencies
- Assist Habitat Partner Families in resource education
- Identify clients who would qualify for and have a need for Habitat’s Home Repair Initiative
- Guide clients in the services provided by Habitat and the necessary application processes
- Provide alternative resources and opportunities for non-qualifying applicants
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Program administration and management
- Partnership building with community organizations
- Organizing, planning, and leading events
- Overseeing grant and funding process
- Program development
- Increased awareness of poverty and housing issues within Benton County.
KEY ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:
- Strong communication skills and attention to detail
- Conversational or fluent in Spanish
- Ability to work with a wide range of people
- Consistent work ethic and good time management
Expectations for this position are to work a minimum of 10 weeks for at least 6 hours a week. This is an unpaid internship. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Tabitha Cuilla at Tabitha@bentonhabitat.org by December 21st, 2018.