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DREAM DRIVER POSITION

My Very Own Bed seeks to hire a part-time employee whose primary focus is handling all aspects of our work that include driving our sixteen-foot box truck, most importantly the delivery of new beds and Dream Kits (bedding, books, and stuffed animals) to children throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. This role also works very closely with all volunteer activities related to our bed-delivery program. 

Mission and Vision

 

Founded in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, My Very Own Bed’s mission is to provide new beds and linens to children of families who have recently secured stable housing in the Twin Cities.

Our vision is to give every child a place to sleep well, dream, and find comfort in a space of their own. We focus on new beds for kids because of the amazing power of sleep to keep kids healthy, to help them focus in school, and to reach their full potential.

Commitment to Racial Equity

 

Sleep is a foundational resource with many long-term health benefits, yet systemic inequities deny it to many children, particularly those facing racism. While we provide beds to all children referred to us by our partners, our own data confirms that a disproportionate number of children we provide beds to are from historically marginalized groups. Our work plays a role in addressing this disparity and seeks to advance racial equity within our organization and our community, by:

 

  • Treating everyone with dignity and respect

  • Identifying how the dominant culture influences our internal policies and practices, while seeking to create ones that honor and celebrate everyone’s experiences 

  • Intentionally diversifying our organization and partnerships to include the voices of the community and organizations we are honored to work with  

  • Listening, learning, and growing from both our successes and mistakes

  • Being accountable to ourselves (both staff and board) and the community by regularly setting measurable goals and communicating about our plans and progress.
     

Core Values

 

Consistent with the above racial equity statement, our core values are:

  • Relationships first

  • Respect and dignity for all

  • Open to growth and improvement

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive the sixteen-foot box truck to families homes to deliver beds Thursday, Friday, Saturday (8am-1pm).  

  • Loading, transporting & delivering the beds in a safe and timely manner with our volunteer groups.

  • On the day of deliveries:

    • Lead our volunteer orientation groups, engage in genuine conversations and maintain a positive and energetic attitude.

    • Build relationships with volunteers by creating an inclusive, welcoming environment.

    • Guide the volunteers in positive, respectful interactions with all families and children.

    • Record hours and notes from volunteer activity.

    • Load delivery vehicle each day the truck goes out for delivery.

    • Look for opportunities with volunteers / families for further donation drives and ways to engage with the community and feedback to coordination team.

  • Warehouse duties each Wednesday to include:

    • Working with the coordinator on volunteer coverage and routes for the next week of deliveries.

    • Loading delivery vehicle.

    • Building bed frames when volunteers are unable to be scheduled.

    • Keeping the Warehouse tidy and organized.

  • Assist with driving equipment and set up community and fundraising events a few times a year.

  • On occasion pick up ‘in kind’ donations from the twin cities metro area.
     

 
Skills and Qualifications
 
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving larger trucks.

  • 2-5 years of experience driving and operating larger delivery vehicles.

  • Fitness to pass a Department of Transportation physical.

  • Ability to regularly climb up and down stairs while carrying up to 40 pounds.

  • Demonstrated cultural competency, including experience working respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and families who have experienced homelessness or housing instability.

  • Understanding of and commitment to My Very Own Bed’s mission, vision, and values.

  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality.

  • Excellent team player who can collaborate with a team and also work independently.

  • Strong oral communication skills and ability to engage warmly and respectfully with coworkers, volunteers, and families. 

  • Strong time management and organizational skills.

  • Personal experience with homelessness or other life challenges similar to those experienced by our program participants is valued.

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Karen helpful but not essential.

This is a part-time, 20 hour/week position with the hourly rate of $25.00/ hour + medical benefits included.

How to Apply
 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Michael Allen at michael@myveryownbed.org.

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