We are so delighted that you are interested in volunteering with Community Resource Network (CRN), and becoming part of the CRN family. We have several different roles, that provide a variety of ways to get involved. Below, we provide details of some of the opportunities we have for our wonderful volunteers, who have the heart and passion to serve families in our community who are at-risk and experiencing homelessness.
For each role listed, we provide a description of the responsibilities, together with information on the experience, skills and attributes we have identified as setting up our volunteers for the greatest success, not just in terms of the support provided to our partners and families, but also in terms of the individual reward and fulfillment of our volunteers. We couldn’t do this without you!
If you would like to get involved, fill out the form below and someone on the team will get back to you.
A family that has experienced homelessness, or is at serious risk of homelessness, has often run out of positive relationships. The family must accomplish many things to become more stable and break the cycle of dependency. Experience has shown that the Family Advocate is vital to a family's success in achieving self-sufficiency.
Family Advocates offer critical relational support as a mentor and guide; understanding the family's unique story, assessing the family's resource needs and offering guidance to the family as they build a plan for their path to self-sufficiency. The Family Advocate walks alongside the family; helps connect the family to resources available through the community network and system of care, acting as an accountability partner for the family, to help them achieve their goals.
Do you have skills and training in counseling, or social work or life coaching? Experience in these areas is extremely valuable. Do you like empowering people to help themselves to have a better quality of life? Do you know how to guide, mentor and coach (and not 'rescue')? Do you have the ability to understand how experiences shape a family, and how that impacts the way they interact with the world around them? Are you able to maintain boundaries in your relationships? Would you describe yourself as empathetic, supportive, patient, collaborative, flexible, understanding, and able to hold people accountable? If you answered 'yes' to all or most of these questions, and have a heart to help people, especially those with children, transform their lives, then this role would offer all that and more, and we'd love to hear from you.
Availability requirements vary according to a family's needs, so this role is flexible whether you are working full-time, part-time or not at all! Most families are working, and therefore would want to meet with their Family Advocate in the evening or at weekends; some families might need assistance during the week with getting to/from interviews and appointments, however to date, this has been the exception rather than the rule.
Would you like to help build the community network that will enable us to offer a coordinated and collaborative system of care to the invisible homeless? Then this role may be exactly what you're looking for! We need people to work with our CRN team to meet with potential provider partners, house of faith partners and/or community organizations; all of whom are critical to the success of a community-wide system of care. We are dedicated to discovering each organization's focus, what important resources they provide to vulnerable families and individuals, and how CRN can support each of these organizations in the fulfillment of their mission. If you like building relationships and enjoy problem-solving, we'd love to hear from you!
It may be helpful if you have some experience in consulting or solution sales, or customer service; this is all about building long-term relationships. Are you a great listener, and effective communicator? Are you passionate about helping people? Are you organized and professional? If you answered yes to these questions, we'd love to hear from you and have you join the team!
Must be available during the work week as this is when potential network partners are working!
- Are you a member of a house of faith in Central Florida? Do you work with an organization that offers resources or support to families or individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless? If so, and you'd like to get your organization connected to the network and become an integral part of a community system of care for our vulnerable neighbors, then this role is perfect for you!
- The Liaison is the key point of contact between any organization, group or house of faith and Community Resource Network. The Liaison helps establish and grow the partnership with CRN, coordinates the support we can offer to your organization, and may also act as the link between your organization's team and the families and individuals we help through the system of care.
You've probably had experience delivering quality customer service and you consider yourself organized, empathetic and an excellent communicator.
Availability during the work week would be valuable.
Do you enjoy doing general administrative work, setting appointments, planning, coordinating training sessions and events, or doing other administrative duties?? If so, there are several ways that you could support our daily operations and activities. If you have experience as an administrative assistant, project coordinator, event coordinator, or training coordinator, we would love to hear from you; your skills are very valuable to us.
We are certain you would consider yourself to be organized, dependable, committed, personable, detail oriented, supportive, and enthusiastic. You'll fit right in to our CRN family!
Please ensure you would be available (at times that suit your schedule) during the work week and normal work hours
Have a passion for thinking through how databases, websites, and other platforms can help make everything work together and mobilize volunteers? We would love to have your input! There are technology components that help support organizations throughout Central Florida as well as pair families experiencing homeless to be connected with helpful resources.
Your availability can be flexible since there are various projects both on site and remote.
Miscellaneous community assistance
From time-to-time we have the opportunity to support our many network partners with various activities, events, or ongoing operations. This may include such events as the Point-in-Time count, serving at shelters, food pantries etc., in support of the collaborative effort throughout the tri-county area to address homelessness.
A heart to serve the marginalized in our community, specifically those families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Personal attributes: empathetic, understanding, kind, patient, personable, supportive, dependable, open-minded, flexible.
If you would like to get involved, fill out the form below and one of our staff members will contact you.