HELP Center Internship

October 5th, 2021

United Way of Bucks County – Paid Internship

HELP Center Internship

The HELP Center

Bristol, PA 19007

Job Type: Paid Internship ($12/hour)

Work Location: The HELP Center, 194 Commerce Circle, Bristol, PA 19007

About the HELP Center: The HELP Center is the Healthy Eating and Living Partnership between United Way of Bucks County, St Mary Medical Center, Bucks County Opportunity Council, with funding from Penn Community Bank.

Through this site, United Way of Bucks County provides food, home goods, cleaning supplies, and other essential items free of charge to people in our community who need assistance.

Schedule:

  • HELP Center hosts shoppers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday between 10 am – 4 pm, plus one Tuesday evening and one Saturday morning a month; there is also a weekly United Way staff meeting on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 am
  • HELP Center intern will work 12 – 18 hours per week on a set schedule; schedule is flexible within the days/hours described above
  • Interns are not required to work Tuesday evening and Saturday extended hours, but preferred candidate will help with this if they are available

Qualifications:

  • Work authorization: United States (Required)
  • Must be a student registered at an accredited college/university

Internship Description: Use your leadership skills, commitment to service, and communication skills to assist United Way of Bucks County (UW Bucks) in achieving measurable, lasting change in our community. Our mission is to “create opportunities for quality education, financial stability, and good health to ensure real, lasting change for individuals and our communities.”  We believe that when we help one person succeed, the whole community is better off.

The HELP Center Internship will help the intern build a better understanding of all facets of nonprofit leadership. In addition to working at the HELP Center, there will be opportunities to interview and collaborate with members of the United Way team. Through this internship, you will learn more about access to high-quality early childhood education, hunger relief, financial self-sufficiency, measuring program outputs and outcomes, program development and design, nonprofit budgeting and finance, and other key areas.

This internship opportunity will also help the intern develop a professional profile including:

  • development of professional skills
  • development of work habits and attitudes necessary for job success
  • development of communication, interpersonal, and other critical skills needed in the workforce
  • build a record of work experience in a professional setting
  • build a strong resume 

Job Description: United Way of Bucks County is looking for a reliable and committed team member to provide support at the HELP Center in Bristol Borough. Preference will be made for individuals who are available to work with us for the Fall and Spring Semester 2021-2022.

Our HELP Center Intern is responsible for managing and monitoring inventory, assisting clients and Member Agencies with shopping and pick-ups, assisting United Way of Bucks County staff with product distribution and volunteer management, and coordinating aspects of building use with our partners.

This is a great opportunity for someone who delivers exceptional customer service, has retail or warehouse experience, and wants to help people in our community.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage and monitor inventory to ensure quick distribution to the community.
  • Pick-up or receive, load, deliver, and unload program supplies and donations as needed.
  • Welcome and help all Member Agencies and clients picking up items at the HELP Center.
  • Work with United Way of Bucks County staff and volunteers; ensure all feel welcome and understand the value of the HELP Center.
  • Manage all paperwork in a highly organized way.
  • Help with data entry as needed.
  • Reply to all questions and requests – internal and external – quickly and professionally.
  • Assist in coordinating freight for large and/or long-distance donations.
  • Ensure that facilities are clean, organized, and safe for program operations.
  • Successfully maintain performance parameters and improve skills through various means.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills:

  • Must be a confident self-starter with an interest in community service and be a strong leader and manager.
  • Must have exceptional organizational, follow-up, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Preference for a college student with an interest in understanding how nonprofit efforts impact progress within the community.
  • Must be able to interact and communicate effectively with program partners, donors, staff, and volunteers in a friendly, welcoming, and courteous manner.
  • Must be able to organize a variety of tasks, meet deadlines, define problems, and pay careful attention to details.
  • Must have some availability outside traditional working hours, including some evenings and weekends. The center is open for one evening and one weekend shift a month and may require support for these shifts.
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid Driver’s License, minimum required insurance, and a good driving record.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sorting, packing, stocking, loading, and unloading, including items up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasionally assisting in projects which may include painting, drilling, or hammering.
  • Ability to help with basic general maintenance of HELP Center, including moving and creating displays and making minor repairs.
  • Ability to twist, pull, push, lift (up to 50 lbs.), bend, squat, climb, walk, stand, sit for extended periods.
  • Use of pallet jack, stacker, and/or forklift (with proper training).
  • Manual dexterity for operating small tools and equipment.

COVID-19 considerations: We take every precaution to keep team members safe. Our team at the HELP Center works directly with a small number of staff, volunteers, and clients. This will be done with a mask and with very few people on site.

Internship Information & Application Requirements

  • The internship program will run through the full Fall and Spring semesters of the 2021-2022 academic year. Preference will be made for individuals who are available to work with us for the Fall and Spring Semester 2021-2022.
  • Intern will work 12-18 hours per week. This may require onsite and offsite work, and scheduling may be flexible. 
  • Interns must be committed to accomplishing the goals of UW Bucks.
  • Interns must be able to work independently and show initiative in the internship role.

To apply, please complete the following:

  1. Submit a 1-page resume
  2. Submit a 1-page cover letter that explains your interest in the internship and how your background would enable you to succeed in that role with UW Bucks
  3. Email your resume and cover letter as attachments to jobs@uwbucks.org  
  4. Apply by October 15, 2021
  5. Questions? Please email jobs@uwbucks.org

If this internship is right for you, please submit a cover letter and resume. We hope to fill this position quickly.

You MUST include a cover letter that explains why you are interested in the position. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

To learn more about United Way of Bucks County, visit us at www.uwbucks.org or connect with us on social media @uwbucks.

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