Wings Program, Inc .


About Wings Program, Inc .

 

Our programs include an emergency domestic violence shelter, a two year transitional housing program, and other outreach services in the area for victims and their children to have the opportunity to rebuild their lives and reach their hopes and dreams. We also host special events and three excellent resale stores for financial support of our program. And, we operate an administrative office to oversee and facilities these activities.

Current Opportunities at Wings Program, Inc .

Niles Resale Store

Title: Niles Resale Store Volunteer and Cashier

 

Staff Partner: Resale Store Manager or Sales Associate

 

Location:       WINGS Niles Resale Store

8349 W. Golf Rd.

Niles, IL  60714

 

Age: Volunteers must be 14 years or older to volunteer individually.  Volunteers age 12 to 14 must be accompanied with a parent or guardian.

 

Time: Most volunteers come once a week for about four (4) hours at a time. All volunteering schedules are made in advance, and schedule openings vary by location.

 

Commitment: Our volunteers are an important part of our team!  We provide volunteer orientation and training to equip volunteers with the information they need.  Because of this, we ask for a commitment of at least 40 hours (i.e. once a week for four (4) hours at a time for 10 weeks.)  And, most of our volunteers continue their involvement for much longer!

 

Description:  Each day we receive new and gently used items through the generosity of local merchants and community members.  We sell these items to the public with all proceeds going to support our houses, counseling, and other services.  These stores are a vital part of our organization because they provide the largest and most consistent source of funds for our program.  All merchandise is also available to our residents, at no cost, as they rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of domestic violence and homelessness.  To minimize the risk of injury, close-toed shoes are required.

 

Volunteer Positions:

 

Sorter:

Goal:  To support the service and fundraising goals of the WINGS Niles Resale store by accepting donations, inspecting them, and then sorting them into the appropriate sections.

 

Description: Sorters graciously accept boxes and bags full of donated items from members of the community (occasionally needing to politely decline items we unfortunately cannot accept).  Then, often working together, the sorter(s) will inspect the items for damage and put them into the appropriate categories for pricing and processing (i.e. women’s clothing, kid’s toys, books, etc.).  Depending on the section, items may also be placed on a hanger, receive a tag or size sticker, etc.  Items that are out of season are bagged and stored for pick-up by the recycler.  Also, Sorters are always looking for special treasures (high-end, brand name items, items with tags, and antiques).  The specifics of our sorting system are learned through on-the-job training. Need to be able to lift 25 pound.

 

 

 

E Bay volunteer

EBay Volunteer

Age:  Volunteer must be over 18 years of age

Time:   Most volunteers come for 2 to 4 hours at a time.  All volunteering schedules are made in advance.

Commitment:  Our volunteers are an important part of our team!  We do provide a volunteer orientation and training to equip volunteers with the information they need.  We are looking for a weekly commitment for a minimum of 6 months.

Goal:  To support the service and fundraising goals of the WINGS program.

Description:  If you enjoy and have some experience searching the Internet, WINGS needs you to apply those skills to the items we sell on EBay.  We are looking for volunteers to research pricing to determine the highest possible selling price by comparing an item to other items of similar quality and design.  The volunteers will then use this information to take photos and write item descriptions to post to EBay.

Prior EBay experience and strong knowledge of higher end merchandise and pricing preferred. English writing skills must be above average and descriptive writing and ability to sell is a plus.

 

 

Logistic Center Volunteer

 

 

WINGS Volunteer Position Description

 

Title: Logistic Center Volunteer

 

Staff Partner: Logistic Center Manager

 

Location:       WINGS Logistic Center

1265 Oakton St.

Elk Grove

 

Age: Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer individually. Volunteers age 10 to 15 must be accompanied with a parent or guardian.

 

Time: Most volunteers come once a week for about 4 hours at a time. All volunteering schedules are made in advance.

 

Commitment: Our volunteers are an important part of our team! We do provide a volunteer orientation and training to equip volunteers with the information they need. Because of this, we ask for a commitment of at least 40 hours. (Ex. Once a week for 4 hours at a time for 10 weeks.) And, most of our volunteers continue their involvement for much longer!

 

Description: Each day we receive new and gently used items through the generosity of our local merchants and community members. We sell these items to the public with all proceeds going to support our shelters, counseling, and other services.   These stores are a vital part of our organization because they provide the largest and most consistent source of funds for our program. All merchandise is also available to our residents, at no cost, as they rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of domestic violence and homelessness. To minimize the risk of injury, close-toed shoes are required.

One time group are welcome. We can accommodate 25 volunteers.

 

 

Volunteer Positions:

 

Sorter:

 

Goal: To support the service and fundraising goals of the WINGS resale store by accepting donations, inspecting them and then sorting them into the appropriate sections.

 

Description: Sorters graciously accept boxes and bags full of donated items from members of our community (and, occasionally politely declining items we unfortunately cannot accept). Then, often working together, the sorter(s) will inspect the items for damage put them into the appropriate categories for further pricing and processing (eg. women’s clothing, kids toys, books, etc.). Depending on the section, items may also be placed on a hanger, receive a tag or size sticker, etc. Items that are out of season are bagged and stored for pick up from our recycler. Sorters are also always looking out for special treasures (high end name brand items, items with tags, some antiques). The specifics of our sorting system are learned through on-the-job training.

 

This might be a good fit for you if:

  • You are a self-described “treasure hunter,” or you enjoy the surprise of opening a box with no idea what will be inside
  • You know about name brands of clothing or household items (or are willing to learn)
  • You will enjoy using your attentive eye to find defects on items (including missing buttons, broken zippers, small stains, etc.)
  • When needed, you are able to lift 25 lbs (example; a black trash bag full of clothing)
  • You love clothes, books, accessories, shoes or shopping!
  • You are able to work while standing
  • You enjoy being a part of a great team made up of committed and diverse volunteers and staff members
Good For: Children Under 16, Groups, Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Saturday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

Kid’s Group Assistant

Time: Tuesday evenings from approximately 6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Commitment: Requires a 12-month commitment to volunteer weekly (with a “substitute” list available for occasional schedule changes). Occasionally there are opportunities for a commitment of every other week.

 

Additional Requirements:

  • Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (WINGS will provide this training, which is usually offered two (2) times a year.)
  • Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity.
  • A willingness to keep the location confidential.
  • Bilingual abilities are especially valued, but are not necessary for all applicantsDescription: – A staff member will plan the activities.  Volunteers participate in the activities to provide the children with more individual attention.  Because the age ranges of the kids vary widely, often a smaller group is formed to adapt to the activity to the age group. However, ratios sometimes vary due to the unpredictable nature of families in this situation.
  • THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU IF:
  • – This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy very young children. Often there are enough babies and toddlers to designate a “nursery” where the volunteer assistant will comfort and cuddle the littlest ones, or read books and play with toddlers.
  • – At the Safe House, there are weekly groups for the kids in the evenings. The evenings have different themes. For example; one night could be game night, one night could be focused around the theme of cooperation.
  • You enjoy being with children of all ages.
  • You are fun-loving and enjoy participating in games and crafts.
  • You are flexible and able to respond to changing situations.
  • You have strong personal boundaries and are able to demonstrate those to children.
  • You are interested in being a role model and teacher to the children in the areas of social skills, conflict resolution and respecting boundaries.
  • You feel good when you are helping others.
  • You feel comfortable working with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • You are non-judgmental about why families are in a situation where they are in need of help.
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Tuesday
Times: Evenings

Crisis Line Volunteer

 

Staff Partner: Safe House Advocate

 

Location: WINGS Domestic Violence Safe Houses, which are in an undisclosed location in the Northwest Suburban area and Midway Airport area.

 

Time: Most volunteers come once a week for a 3- 4 hour shift between 8am and 7pm weekly.  Occasionally, some other timeslots may be available.  Additional time is required in the beginning for training.

 

Commitment: Requires willingness to commit to volunteer for at least three (3) hours a week for at least one (1) year.

 

Additional Requirements:

– Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (WINGS will provide this training and the certificate will be provided after completion of 75 hours of volunteering.   The class is usually offered three (3) times a year.)

– Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity.

– A willingness to keep the location confidential.

 

Description:

– Crisis Line Volunteers are responsible for answering the crisis line, completing clear intakes for callers who are eligible for WINGS services and providing referrals to callers who would be more appropriate for another program.

– Volunteers also greet staff, other volunteers, and service providers who come to the door and maintain overall operation of the Safe House.

– Volunteers also interact with clients as they come in and out and by providing basic services during their stay.

 

This may be a good fit for you if:

– You enjoy helping people find a way out of difficult situations.

– You are looking for a volunteer opportunity that provides direct service to our clients.

– You are a good listener and able to give empathy and options without giving advice.

– You are able to stay calm, even when others become upset or emotional.

– You are able to listen to a caller’s story and from it, accurately determine whether a person is appropriate for our services or would be better helped by a referral.

– You are committed to providing a safe, non-judging environment where you are willing to support people in their choices, even choices you may not agree with (example: a woman choosing to return to her abuser.)

– You feel comfortable working with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion.

  • You are comfortable with varying levels of activity. (Sometimes the phone is very busy, other times it can be very slow.)
  • The environment can be active which makes this a great opportunity for those who can multi-tasks and are not sensitive to noise.
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16
Days: Friday, Monday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Evenings, Mornings
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