PROJECT HOPE Application Form 2013-2014

Hello Volunteers!

Welcome to Boston University Community Service Center. Project Hope is dedicated to raise awareness about public health issues in the Boston University Community and the city of Boston. We focus on issues related to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), mental and physical health. We are dedicated to the assistance to those affected by HIV/AIDS and sexual health related problems. In addition, Project Hope is committed to support public safety and public health education throughout the Boston area and beyond. The time commitment varies but it usually is 2-3 hours a week.

If you have any question or comment, please email me at projhope@bu.edu

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    Our Sites include:

    1. LARC (the Living and Recovering Community) program: - Managed by Victory program, this program provides up to 90 days of specialized substance use disorder treatment and stabilization services for up to 20 men and women. The residents at LARC are people living with HIV/AIDS with histories of substance use disorders, chronic relapse and many have multiple diagnosis. LARC residents are typically homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of their substance use disorder. Through this program LARC residents are fully integrated into an individualized program of recovery and stabilization. - Sample tasks for volunteers: Escort clients out to fresh air breaks. Assist client in light cleaning tasks. Light cleaning empty rooms and preparing them for new clients. Light filing. Some office work at the front desk of the hospital. Sometimes they have outdoor BBQ on Fridays for patients to interact with volunteers. ** Schedule for LARC: Wednesdays 2-5:15pm (traveling time included) 2. The Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center: - A sport-based program from 5-8.30pm for school kids in the area. They need 2-3 athletic assistants/night. Volunteers will be helping the kids (K-12 grade) play sports and promote physical health/active lifestyle. No athletic experience required. - The schedule is: Mondays - Soccer (6-8.30p), Tuesdays - Tennis (4.30-7p), Fridays - Basketball (6-8.30p) 3. Community Serving: - This is a non-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic health. Volunteers will be packaging food. 4. Boomerangs Thrift Store: - This is a thrift store located in Jamaica Plain. Boomerangs provides critical funding for AIDS Action's work to prevent new HIV infections and improve the lives of thousands of people already living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. Two shifts are open on Monday and Saturday afternoons. - Sample tasks for volunteers: Volunteers will be organizing the store, tagging the clothes, working with the customers. 5. Cambridge Cares about AIDS: (**UPDATE: Two positions are TAKEN) - This is a community-based organization serving people who are living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Two positions are open on Mondays! Volunteer will be doing administrative work at the center. 6. The MALE (Men’s Action Life Empowerment) Center: - This is a community resource for gay and bisexual men in Boston. The MALE Center provides rapid HIV testing and mental health services. The center also distributes free condoms and lube at the offices and at various other locations in Greater Boston & Cambridge. - Sample tasks for volunteers: Do administrative work and create sexual safety packages at the center. Volunteers will be helping at the front desk, answering the phone, and booking HIV testings for clients. ** One available spot: Wednesdays 12:45 - 2pm 7. The New England Association on HIV over Fifty (NEAHOF): (**UPDATE: Two positions are TAKEN) - This is a small non-profit organization which seeks to alleviate the suffering of those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly those over the age of fifty. By 2015, more than half of all people living with HIV in the United States will be over the age of fifty. These individuals (and their caretakers) are met with the unique challenge of managing this chronic disease as well as the many co-morbid conditions associated with the normal physiologic changes of aging. NEAHOF works to identify these challenges and advocate for positive changes to alleviate their suffering. Some of the ways in which they do this is through large scale awareness projects, such as our World AIDS Day Campaign, or through educational events, such as our annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS and Aging. They also work on more specific issues, for example, partnering with other organizations to make nursing homes and senior public housing more hospitable to LGBT seniors, particularly those living with HIV/AIDS. - Tasks: Students will have the opportunity to work on projects that appeal to them. In the past, their volunteers have taken lead roles in the planning of their World AIDS Day campaign, organizing red ribbon distribution everywhere from sidewalks to train stations to college campuses. They also need assistance in working on their website, www.hivoverfifty.org, which will be updated to a new platform in the near future. General computer work is always available, with jobs ranging from writing to the White House to updating our Facebook and Twitter accounts. 8. The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) - This is a non profit organization working to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling. Program areas include: coming out support, HIV/STI prevention and education, spiritual growth, civic engagement, and community building. Two positions available (No limit for the number of applications & Schedule is flexible): A. The Fundraising Assistant: In the position, individuals will support the growth of the organization by:  Researching grant opportunities and deadlines  Secure donations and sponsorships for HBGC events and programs;  Help organize quarterly fundraiser events  Research and analyze potential corporate partnerships  Maintain donor database and support with donor appreciation B. The Office Manager Position: HBGC seeks an office manager to help the organization run more efficiently and effectively. In the position, the office manager will be expected to:  Complete monthly office supply orders;  Create, maintain, and update databases of organizational contacts;  Support with event and program logistics;  Handle all mailing and post office needs;  Organize office space and support with office beautification;  Support with social media and website updates. Selection Criteria:  References who can speak to the candidate’s dependability and ability to multi-task;  Strong written and oral communication skills;  Strong research skills;  Demonstrated ability to take initiative; and  Demonstrated commitment to Black and Latin@ LGBTQ communities, and other communities of color  MS Word, MS Excel, Email, and MS Access proficient;  Familiarity with Google Documents and popular social media websites;  Keen attention to detail and ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and entering information;  Excellent interpersonal & time management skills; *One-time events: The Project Hope program is hosting public health events this semester. We will update volunteers on public-health-related events that happen on campus and in the greater Boston area in advance so volunteers can sign up if interested.
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    FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE CSC BEFORE YOU ARE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER.

    **If you participated in FYSOP 2013 as a staff or turned in the forms last semester, you do not need to complete these steps.** By clicking agree, you agree to completing the following steps: -Go to http://www.bu.edu/csc/opportunities/community-service-center-programs/project-hope/ -Print the 4 PDF documents on that page, SINGLE SIDED. -Fill out the forms, and DO NOT staple. -Return these forms to the CSC on the 4th floor of the George Sherman Union ASAP, anytime between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. Please bring a valid photo I.D. (driver's license, passport, etc.)
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