Volunteer Event at Food for Greater Elgin

FoodForGreaterElginThroughout the year, EYPN will organize volunteer efforts at various Elgin area non-profits and events. This is a great opportunity to help give back to our city while adding valuable community service experience to our resumes.

On the evening of Thursday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30pm, EYPN members will be lending a helping hand at Food for Greater Elgin, 1553 Commerce Drive in Elgin. This volunteer opportunity is limited only to the first 12 people to sign-up. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP now at elginyoungprofessionals@yahoo.com.

Financial Planning and Investments for Young Professionals

cropped-eypn1.jpgElgin Young Professionals Network’s popular Professional Development Series is back for 2015!

Our first Professional Development session is titled “Financial Planning and Investments for Young Professionals” and is lead by Keith Rauschenberger of Rauschenberger Financial Advisors. The session takes place Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30pm at Judson University‘s Eagle Lounge inside Lindner Tower, 1151 N. State Street in Elgin.

The session will provide a brief overview of financial and retirement planning followed by an introduction to investment management and portfolio development for the new and/or do-it-yourself investor.

The event is open to current Elgin Young Professionals Network members ONLY. However, if you are not a current member but are interested in participating in our March Professional Development session, please e-mail us for a guest pass at elginyoungprofessionals@yahoo.com. Or for the low yearly membership cost of only $30 per year, you can JOIN EYPN and receive access to our Professional Development Series and EYPN Mentoring programs and other valuable member benefits as well.

RauschenbergerKeith Rauschenberger received a BS degree in business from Purdue University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He worked in corporate and investment banking for over 25 years, serving both middle and large corporate clients, and was based out of Chicago and Washington DC. He currently serves on the Board of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Finance Committee of St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Elgin Academy.



JOB OPPORTUNITY: Critical Home Repair Coordinator


Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley

REPORTS TO: Construction Manager

WORKS WITH: HFH volunteers, sponsors, subcontractors, staff members and homeowners

HOURS: Part-time, 10-20 hours per week, some Saturdays required, 80% of time on planning, preparing, office, meetings, 20% on site.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley’s Critical Home Repair Program is designed to serve low-income homeowners requiring assistance with health, safety, or code violation issues on the interior or exterior of their homes. Examples of potential repair projects could include: roof replacement, exterior painting, decks or ramps, mechanical equipment replacement, etc. Work will be completed by volunteers when appropriate, with subcontractors fulfilling more technical repairs and where a licensed professional is required. Volunteer projects typically should be able to be completed in a couple project days at most.

Overall Responsibilities: Understand Habitat for Humanity’s programs Accountable for managing and meeting all of the construction functions of a repair project Ensure compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws, codes and ordnances Assist in establishing a budget and schedule for the project, complete project on budget and on schedule Ensure quality construction, compliance with HFHNFV standards, manage site safety

Major Duties/Responsibilities: Responsibilities include project management from planning to permitting, through the final completion of punch list items. Primary duties include inspecting projects, determining scope of work and budgets, scheduling, directing and training skilled and unskilled volunteers, bidding and scheduling subcontractors, ordering materials, and assuring compliance with building codes.

Planning/Scheduling: Review applications for potential projects Inspect existing site conditions for required repairs Prepare scopes of work detailing the extent of contracted and/or volunteer built work Communication with homeowners Develop and adhere to construction plans, standards and schedules to meet affiliate and sponsor goals Communicate schedule adjustments to HFH staff Be present at volunteer staffed worksites Prepare list of construction tasks for workdays Coordinate any required architecture and engineering; submit building permit applications Establish budgets for each project, track and ensure cost controls, quality standards Manage site safety and compliance with affiliate risk management policies and procedures

Volunteer Management: Teach non-skilled volunteers how to use tools and train them on the day’s construction tasks Provide safety talk and be aware of safety hazards throughout the day Monitor the work done by volunteers and subcontractors to ensure construction quality Maximize volunteer usage

Materials/Paid Labor: Develop take-offs, manage bids and place material orders as requested by the Construction Manager Solicit in-kind donations of materials and labor Submit coded invoices promptly Manage subcontractors

Public Relations/Fundraising/Partner Families: Explain Habitat mission, goals, programs, etc. to volunteers, neighbors and the public as needed Cultivate relationships with crew leaders, donors and sponsors Help develop policies and procedures with HFH staff regarding construction, standards and safety Communicate standards and product choices to partner families and ensure compliance Requirements and Skills Ability to work with volunteers, donors and sponsors and ensure they have a good Habitat experience Ability to read construction drawings Knowledge of all phases of construction OHSA 10 Hour Safety for the Construction Industry Training Ability to work effectively as a member of a diverse team in a manner which retains supporters Ability to plan, organize and delegate Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form Passing a drug test and background check

Working Conditions: Site work requires broad mobility, ability to climb ladders to roof level and into foundations, ability to lift at least 100 pounds Travel to construction sites and warehouses in own vehicle Ability to drive vehicles with trailers, as well as bobcat and forklift preferred

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to Travis Juracek, Construction Manager, at travis.juracek@habitatnfv.org, by March 13, 2015.