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New Job Posting: Community Connector

New Job Posting: Community Connector

Does taking meaningful action inspire you?  Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact in the daily life of a child?  Are you passionate about creating social change, engaging with and having an impact on your community?  Are you looking to take ownership of your career in an organization that values people, action and trust?  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our dedicated team.

 

Who we are:  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a mission-focused grassroots organization, working to build and strengthen communities that ensure every child has enough to eat at school. Our team is small, working together in our areas of strength to ensure we can have broad impact in our community.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has increased the number of hungry kids fed daily through its programs by almost 70% since 2015. To accomplish this increased impact, BB4CK has broadened its program delivery through community partnerships and a focus on encouraging and supporting people in Calgary to act in meaningful ways to feed kids. Today, BB4CK continues to grow and transition in order to achieve our goal of no hungry kids. This is an exciting and challenging time in our organizational life, as we continue to meet the growing need in our community, while also focusing our efforts on strengthening our systems and processes to support our growing organization.

Our vision:  Communities that make sure all kids are fed.
Our mission: Connect and inspire people to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids.

Working cohesively with the Director of Programming, the Community Connector is a facilitator of connection, activation and program delivery for volunteer groups working all over our city to feed and care for hungry kids. The Community Connector takes the lead in inspiring and giving tools to people to make a difference in their communities and neighborhoods. It is an integral and essential part of the BB4CK team.

The role of Community Connector will include the following key responsibilities:

Strategy: Lead the creation, implementation and evaluation of strategy for to engage groups of volunteers in making lunches all over our city.
Leadership and Coordination: Create systems that provide a structure for groups of volunteers to operate their own programs to feed kids.
Inspire and Motivate: Engage people with the joy of connecting with others and caring for people in their communities.
Storytelling: Share the story of BB4CK with a wide variety of people.

For the full posting, click here.

This opportunity might be for you if you:

  • • Are a dynamic and engaging leader, demonstrating our core values to positively influence others
    • Have the ability to achieve results that are in the best interests of both the organization and community
    • Find joy in building relationships and engaging people to make a difference
    • Are flexible and adaptable to changing situations
    • Have a working knowledge of technology

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience in a volunteer role
  • 3+ years working closely in a team
  • Experience thinking “on your feet” problem solving and building both short- and long-term solutions

BB4CK offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and professional growth.  Salary will be commensurate with level of experience.

If you are looking for a purpose driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to jan@bb4ck.org by September 3, 2019.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

New Job Posting: Volunteer Connector

New Job Posting: Volunteer Connector

Does taking meaningful action inspire you?  Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact in the daily life of a child?  Are you passionate about creating social change, engaging with and having an impact on your community?  Are you looking to take ownership of your career in an organization that values people, action and trust?  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our dedicated team for a one year contract.

 

Who we are:  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a mission-focused grassroots organization, working to build and strengthen communities that ensure every child has enough to eat at school. Our team is small, working together in our areas of strength to ensure we can have broad impact in our community.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has increased the number of hungry kids fed daily through its programs by almost 70% since 2015. To accomplish this increased impact, BB4CK has broadened its program delivery through community partnerships and a focus on encouraging and supporting people in Calgary to act in meaningful ways to feed kids. Today, BB4CK continues to grow and transition in order to achieve our goal of no hungry kids. This is an exciting and challenging time in our organizational life, as we continue to meet the growing need in our community, while also focusing our efforts on strengthening our systems and processes to support our growing organization.

Our vision:  Communities that make sure all kids are fed.
Our mission: Connect and inspire people to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids.

Working cohesively with the Director of Operations, the Volunteer Connector is accountable for the delivery of volunteer related activities including developing an engagement strategy, developing roles, recruitment, selection, training, orientation, scheduling and leadership of a group of volunteers engaged in program activities. 

The role of Volunteer Connector will include the following key responsibilities:

Strategy: Lead the creation, implementation and evaluation of strategy for volunteer engagement.
Identify and design volunteer roles: Recruitment, training, screening, appreciation and evaluation of volunteers.
Scheduling: Coordinating and communicating with volunteer groups for the kitchen.
Relationship building: Giving people opportunities to connect to the impact they have.

For the full posting, click here.

This opportunity might be for you if you:

  • Are a dynamic and engaging leader, demonstrating our core values to positively influence others
  • Have the ability to achieve results that are in the best interests of both the organization and community
  • Have a thirst for developing systems and finding efficiencies while building and supporting relationships
  • Are focused on networking and an engaging, strategic thinker
  • Are flexible and adaptable to changing situations
  • Have a working knowledge of computers (Microsoft Office)

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience in a volunteer role
  • 3+ years working closely in a team
  • Experience thinking “on your feet” problem solving and building both short- and long-term solutions

BB4CK offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and professional growth.  Salary will be commensurate with level of experience.  This is a one year contract position.

If you are looking for a purpose driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to jan@bb4ck.org by August 10, 2019.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Awakening Passions in Younger Generations

Awakening Passions in Younger Generations

Last month our Executive Director was invited to Prairie Waters Elementary School to speak about BB4CK with their students.

We wanted to share what one of the students wrote about Tanya’s visit:

“Tanya Koshowski the Executive Director for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids came into our classroom, in March. She talked about what her organization does to help kids. When kids in Calgary do not have a lunch to eat their school contact BB4CK to ask them for help.

She told us a story about Lisa who did not have enough to eat. All she had was half an apple over two days! We were shocked that some kids do not have enough to eat and talked about how that can affect our learning.

During her visit, Tanya asked us the following question: “How many kids are hungry in Calgary?” We tried to guess; 500? 700? 1000? 4000? We all were surprised when she said that there are 4400 hungry children in Calgary. That is a big number of kids! We need food in order to be healthy and grow strong. Tanya explained that it is not only all about the food; it is about showing the kids that receive the lunches that someone cares about them. We think the people who make all those lunches and deliver them are amazing people!

“What is the benefit of kids receiving BB4CK lunches? Kids that are being fed show increased school participation, attendance rates, and grades, they feel better about themselves and have the energy to be kids! There is also caring and capacity created around these kids through the interaction of those providing the lunches to them in their schools.” –Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids website

Knowing about hungry kids helped us understand how important an organization like BB4CK is for our community.

Brown Bagging has many people who volunteer to prepare healthy lunches for kids and deliver them to all the schools in Calgary; they have 700 volunteers every week! Some of these volunteers help prepare the 2000 lunches per day at their downtown kitchen and others work in different communities preparing more lunches. BB4CK started helping kids in 1990 and now works with over 225 schools around Calgary. They help elementary, junior high and high school students.

We wanted to know why Tanya was passionate about making sure kids have food to eat. She told us that she wanted to help kids to be the best they can be. The most important message she left us was that those lunches are “Made with Love!”

We wondered how much it costs to make a lunch for one child. When Tanya told us it costs $2, we thought that was not too bad. However, when you need to make 4400 lunches is clear that it costs a lot of money, required a lot of time and people to make that many lunches every day! She also shared with us that Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids counts with the support of approximately 218 community groups that prepare lunches every day.

Tanya talked about us using our head, heart, and hands to make a difference. When you think with your head, you are trying to understand the need. When you use your heart, you are using your feelings to care for others and you use your hands to take action.

After Tanya finished talking to us about BB4CK, we decorated small brown bags that the organization will use to pack the thank you cards they give to people who support the organization.. We worked very hard and used our best colouring to thank all these people.

Tanya said there are many ways we can take action to help others using our heads, our hearts, and our hands. Beo, Imaan, and Thomas in our class decided to package breakfast for some of the students at our school who do not have breakfast at home. Our whole class decorated lunch bags to help make their day brighter!

Thank you, Tanya, for teaching us that there are kids out there who do not have enough to eat when they go to school. Thank you for helping us to think about what we can do to take action to help others.”

The article was published in the school’s blog: http://schoolblogs.rockyview.ab.ca/awakeningpassions/?p=6567

 

Volunteer Spotlight

Krystle

It’s amazing what a simple Google search can lead to. In the fall of 2018, Krystle and a group of friends were interested in donating and helping non-profit groups around Calgary. She searched the ‘ol internet and came across BB4CK. Fast forward to today and Krystle is an active and dedicated volunteer, helping as a Kitchen floater or delivering bins to schools.

“I volunteer with BB4CK because it is a great cause,” says Krystle. “It feels good to be able to help kids.”

When we asked Krystle about her favourite part about volunteering with us she said:

“My favourite part of BB4CK is being part of a group that is passionate about children and helping them to succeed. It feels so good to be able to help in any way that helps kids”

We love how volunteers find themselves as being part of a whole community that works together to make sure that all Calgary kids have a healthy lunch on their plates.

Do you want to join this community? Click here to find out how!

New Job Posting – Kitchen Coordinator

Does taking meaningful action inspire you? Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact in the daily life of a child? Are you passionate about creating social change, engaging with and having an impact on your community? Are you looking to take ownership of your career in an organization that values people, action and trust? Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our dedicated team!

Who we are: Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a mission-focused grassroots organization, working to build and strengthen communities that ensure every child has enough to eat at school. Our team is small, working together in our areas of strength to ensure we can have broad impact in our community.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has increased the number of hungry kids fed daily through its programs by almost 70% since 2015. To accomplish this increased impact, BB4CK has broadened its program delivery through community partnerships and a focus on encouraging and supporting people in Calgary to act in meaningful ways to feed kids. Today, BB4CK continues to grow and transition in order to achieve our goal of no hungry kids. This is an exciting and challenging time in our organizational life, as we continue to meet the growing need in our community, while also focusing our efforts on strengthening our systems and processes to support our growing organization.

Our vision: Communities that make sure all kids are fed.
Our mission: Connect and inspire people to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids.

Working cohesively with the Director of Programming, the Kitchen Coordinator is responsible for the leadership and day to day management of BB4CK’s central downtown kitchen, empowering volunteers to work in their areas of strength to make lunches for hungry kids.
The role of Kitchen Coordinator will include the following key responsibilities:
Whole Organization:
• Be responsible for own health and wellness, personally and professionally, and take ownership to ensure you are able to perform this role as needed
• Contribute wholeheartedly to BB4CK’s vision and mission
• Working effectively on tasks assigned within the context of BB4CK values and culture

Kitchen:
• Engage and educate volunteers, maintaining and building strong relationships
• Empower Core (regular) volunteers with all the tools and support they need to manage the lunch-making process in the Kitchen
• Manage all aspects of daily lunch making, ensuring that the necessary lunches are prepared in a timely manner, and maintain systems to do so
• Manage all food and supply ordering
• Maintain database of core volunteer contact information
• Orient and manage each day’s group volunteers to perform necessary tasks in accordance with established guidelines
• Ensure the kitchen operates in accordance with Alberta Health Services and food safety standards
• Participate in planning, leading and supporting miscellaneous third-party projects
• Any other duties that may be required

For the full posting, see here: https://bb4ck.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-Kitchen-Coordinator-Role-Description.pdf 

This opportunity might be for you if you:
• Are a dynamic and engaging leader, demonstrating our core values to positively influence others at all levels of interaction
• Have the ability to achieve results that are in the best interests of both the organization and community
• Are flexible and responsive, seeing solutions and creating an environment that empowers others to solve problems
• Are an expert in food safety and preparation
• Are focused on supporting everyone around you to take on the responsibility of making lunches for hungry kids
• Are flexible and adaptable to changing situations
• Have certification or willingness to obtain Alberta Food Safety Basics and First Aid/CPR
• Have a working knowledge of computers (Microsoft Office)

Qualifications:
• 1-3 years experience leading in a Kitchen environment
• 3+ years working closely in a team
• Experience thinking “on your feet” problem solving and building both short- and long-term solutions

BB4CK offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and professional growth. Salary will be commensurate with level of experience.

If you are looking for a purpose-driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to jan@bb4ck.org by July 18, 2019.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

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