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NeighborLink is Hiring - Volunteer Recruitment Director


NeighborLink Fort Wayne Foundation, Inc.

Volunteer Engagement Director Job Summary

NeighborLink has a vision to see the local Church of Fort Wayne, local businesses, civic groups, and concerned neighbors join together to serve our City’s vulnerable homeowners, who are our neighbors. Thousands of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and people facing life’s circumstances are struggling with home maintenance and repairs who cannot physically or financially perform those tasks. The successful candidate will be passionate about casting the vision of NeighborLink while recruiting new volunteer communities in the local community. This candidate will have a heart for neighborhood development, will be the champion of the NeighborLink model, and be responsible for implementing our mission of Practical, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Expressions of God’s Love. 

Responsible to:

NeighborLink Executive Director

General Details:

Full-time position (40 hours)

Start date: 5.1.17

General Duties and Responsibilities:

Community Outreach & Network Development 

Contact and recruit local churches, businesses, neighborhood associations, civic groups, and any group that could be potential volunteers. You’ll set a lot of meetings, do as much networking as you can, and be consistent in introducing as many people as you can to the NeighborLink story. 

Resource Development

While recruiting and attracting volunteers, you’ll also have the opportunity to help NL raise funds to support crowdfunding projects, sponsorship opportunities, or solicit in-kind support. While you’re building relationships, you’ll be aware of fundraising opportunities. 

Introducing Purpose to Existing Communities  

We are constantly connecting people, building communities, and introducing NL to existing communities looking for opportunities to add purpose to their efforts. Team NeighborLink is a perfect example of how we’ve been using athletics to attract, connect, and empower athletes to raise awareness, become volunteers, and fund raise on our behalf. Being an active athlete is a plus. 

Administrative Functions

Have a outreach plan that includes who you’re targeting, how you’re reaching them, what your goals are, and how it benefits NeighborLink. Initiate and journey with new volunteer communities into their first project as a way to build relationships and maintain consistency. 

Prepare and Circulate Monthly Activity Reports

Forward Executive Director each month a summary of activities and meetings for the prior month.

Must Haves:

Must be aligned with the goals and mission of NeighborLink to foster neighborhood development and have a relationships vs projects mentality. 

Previous sales and/or relationship development experience with a proven history of results and an existing professional/personal network. 

The desire to talk, interact, and build relationships with a large number of people from a diverse range of socioeconomic statuses. You know no strangers and have a desire to make connections.  

Efficiency working with current social networking websites (Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.), Apple software products, and be able to know when to pick up the phone and make a phone call. 


You Can Talk to Anyone 

You are energized by human interactions and communication. You can show up to a place you’ve never been and feel entirely comfortable engaging and talking to people about a wide variety of topics. The successful candidate will be tasked with showing up in places like this with the goal of raising awareness for NL and recruiting volunteers for projects.  

Your Self-Motivated & Driven to Succeed 

This position requires a self-motivated and driven individual that loves to meet goals. This is a sales role with purpose. You can research, make phone calls, get to the decision maker, and don’t need to wait for direction. 

You’re Reliable, Flexible & Able to Work Independently

If you say you’re going to do something, you mean it. You return phone calls, emails, and never miss a meeting you didn’t communicate about. Since you’ll be driven by relationships and new opportunities, the need to be available some evenings and weekends will be necessary.

You’re The Leader & Designer of the Plan 

NeighborLink is as flat of an organization that you’ve ever seen. You’ll need to be able to understand the vision, take direction, ask for feedback, and then run with it. We need a competent individual that understands that their role is as important as any other role in the organization and wants to take ownership of helping the organization grow. 


Please email your resume to Andrew@NLFW.org

You can download a PDF of this Job Description here. 

Volunteer Engagement Job Description.pdf

NeighborLink In The News


Thank you to WANE-TV reporter, Michael, for interviewing and doing a feature piece on our work at NeighborLink last week. We have been fortunate to have volunteers complete over 115 projects to date this year, which is ahead of our scheduled goal of doing 1,000 projects in 2017. The number of projects is just a benchmark of progress for us and not our main driving force. We have a strong desire to recruit new communities of volunteers and help our existing volunteers find even more ways to help neighbors. If we do good at that, then we'll hit that 1,000 number. 

At the end of the day and at the end of this story, we care about the relationships we get to form over the scale of the projects. We've gotten to meet a great guy in Carl during a difficult season of his life and provide some positivity by helping him overcome some barriers difficult for himself to do alone. 

The Difference You Make


NeighborLink volunteers often wonder whether they're making an actual difference, having an impact, or even doing the right thing when it comes to taking on projects. The transactional nature of most projects leave less time for getting to know someone in a meaningful way than we'd like. Those volunteers that have had the opportunity to journey with a neighbor for months or years at a time do get to form relationships and gain the understanding of impact, but it can be hard to really know given the dynamics of giving, receiving, or transacting help. 

For all of you that wonder whether you're making a difference or not, read the following note we received recently. Let this be a testimony that what you're doing matters whether you hear directly from the neighbor you're helping or not. 

A neighbor reached out to us in early 2016 with the need of a new wheelchair ramp at her home for her adult daughter that has had a variety of life-long disabilities. The ramp they had was old, broken down, and had one long stretch that made it challenging. Our team of retired men that love to build wheelchair ramps connected with this family in mid-summer and by the end of the fall had built them a new wheelchair ramp. The family was overjoyed and the men got to know the family over those couple of months. At the end of the project, everyone was impacted by the project and the beginning of relationships formed. 

Unfortunately, the daughter became ill in late fall, couldn't quite recover, and passed away in February. We received the below note from a neighbor/friend and a sweet slideshow she created for the family. Life is complicated, often seemingly unfair, and at times brief. One thing is for sure, there are always opportunities to be able to journey with each other in times of need no matter how long or short they may be. 

I wanted to reach out to you and the group in case you haven’t heard, that (neighbor) passed away on 2/18/17 at Lutheran Hospital. She had been hospitalized for several weeks due to respiratory issues. She had been gradually going down and her needs increasing since November, and I never got a chance to send you a thank you for the ramps. They meant so much to us and she was excited to have them.  Forgive my poor memory right now, but when the 2 gentlemen came at Christmas to give us the coin boxes, I was overwhelmed. I don’t know when a gift meant so much or brightened my heart as much as they did. Not for the dollar value, but for the love, care and support behind them.


I have such a high respect for the organization and the people who give of their time and hearts to help others in need. I hope one day I might be able to join the group and pass along some of my skills to help someone. 


Please extend my heartfelt thank you to everyone who gave their time and help to us. I don’t know if I’m going to continue to need the ramp for myself or not, but should my health improve, I will pass the ramp and/or lumber on to someone else. 


I thought you might enjoy seeing the slide show and reading the Remembering (neighbor) obit I wrote for her.


Blessings to you and the rest of the team, Jeff.