Brief Description: Build community capacity and resilience in three identified opportunity neighborhoods in Whatcom County to support children, youth and families so they can develop the skills and opportunities needed to lead healthy productive lives.
Status: 12-month AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer: February start date.
Reports to: Executive Director. Works cooperatively with neighborhood leaders, volunteers and social services.
Essential Functions and Traits:
- Recruit local resident volunteers to build a community center advisory council and a cadre of individuals to provide service navigation and referral to community members.
- Develop programmatic partnerships with community organization and neighbors
- Develop employment training opportunities for local low-income adults and teens. This includes a summer of service project for youth and a partnership with Worksource or Workfirst.
- Participate in and develop new cross-sector collaborations
- Develop systems, policies and procedures that aim at sustainability of relationships and efforts.
- Coordinate and convene local events and meeting where individuals and organizations build social connections for the purpose of strengthening community through health equity, economic and social justice and to decrease exposure to childhood adverse experiences.
- Interpersonal and professional communication skills (written, verbal and graphic) and ability to build trusting rapport with diverse populations
- Computing using MS Office products, on-line research, e-mail, and data entry
- Ability to learn and adopt community organizing & capacity building framework
- Driving within the county for a variety of purposes
- Administrative tasks—e-mailing, phone work, filing, copying, data entry and reporting as relevant to WFCN need and project assignment. Tasks may be delegated as appropriate.
- Attend meetings as relevant and available according to availability.
- Some college is recommended or a hope to attain a college education; Pursuit of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent demonstrated interest/experience in social services, community development, community health & wellbeing, youth and family studies
- Collaborative with great listening skills and desire to learn and do new things.
- Hopeful and Positive attitude with a persistent character.
- Focused on identifying solutions and strengths in people and places.
- An individual who has lived in a neighborhood with high diversity, poverty or other health equity concerns may be a benefit.
This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Stipend and benefits provided by the Corporation for National Service.
- Living Allowance. Inquire about 2018 amount to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Choice of Education Award (value $5,920) or End of Service Stipend (approx.. $1,800)
- Health Coverage. For details, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
- Relocation Allowance
- Childcare Assistance, if eligible
- Work in a positive and trauma informed organization with hard working professionals.
- Work in amazing communities with passionate individuals.