NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley Summer of Service
AmeriCorps Summer VISTA
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, a community development corporation serving Northern RI, seeks seven outstanding individuals to provide a summer of service as part of a dynamic team through AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Our AmeriCorps VISTA’s will function as a core part of our staff and be dedicated to bringing low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
Ideal candidates will:
- have initiative & be dedicated
- have some college experience
- be comfortable working in diverse communities
- have strong verbal and written skills
- be computer literate and comfortable with public speaking
- be a U.S. Citizen at least 18 years of age
The summer of service focused on community development will include youth programs, community improvement, economic development, home ownership and financial literacy education, and resident services. VISTA’s will connect closely with other staff and volunteers to stabilize the Woonsocket community and build personal assets in low- and moderate-income families. Activities include community surveys, home repair, teaching, small business development, event management, marketing, community outreach, and food access.
This position requires a commitment to serve as a full-time employee for an eight (8) week period beginning Monday, June 12, 2017. Compensation is paid directly to VISTA Summer Associates in the form of a small living allowance of $1980 (paid biweekly at $455.67) from AmeriCorps. At the end of the term of service, an education award of $1,230.69 or cash stipend of $250 is provided.
For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista.
Applications will be accepted online through the AmeriCorps portal (https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=73386&fromSearch=true) until Friday, May 5, 2016 or until the job is filled.
For more information, contact Margaux Morisseau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of VISTA’s: 2
- Complete the Community Impact Measurement survey of 220 residents in the Fairmount Neighborhood. The surveys will provide primary source information regarding resident experience with the neighborhood and how NWBRV can best support the community.
- Collaborate with the Administrative team dedicated to the project
- Secure incentives to gift to survey participants
- Canvas the neighborhood to conduct the surveys in person
- Enter survey data into the Success Measures program
- Analyze the data against results from 2013
- Assist the Woonsocket Free Home Repair Program (aka Workcamps) where 450 volunteers are coming to Woonsocket to repair 50 homes in the target neighborhood the last week in July
- Help prepare for the program by surveying properties analyzing the needed repairs
- Order materials the volunteers will need to repair homes
- Communicate with residents about the repair projects, timeline and other needs
- Help to organize the volunteers and ensure their stay in the city is positive
- During the week of the program, volunteer alongside the visiting volunteers, attending evening and opening programming, and organizing a community event to celebrate the volunteers
- Complete follow up needs for each home repaired
- Document the neighborhood revitalization efforts to help build community awareness.
- Monitor and update social media, write blog posts and press releases
- Photograph both the Home Repair process and the Community Impact Measurement process
- Produce short videos, print and online material to enhance engagement strategies
Number of VISTA’s: 2
- Teach financial literacy to youth in grades K – 12 enrolled in the College Ready Communities program.
- Alter and improve the previous financial literacy curriculum
- Teach the curriculum to the K-5th grade, Middle School and High School programs three times per week
- Work with our older middle school and high school youth to develop a savings plan and understand the importance of saving accounts
- Help middle school and high school students begin to build assets.
- Collaborate with a local Credit Union to enroll middle school and high school students in SAFE Accounts to save for college
- Educate students on the importance of savings and the value of saving early
- Assist in the middle school “micro-business start-up” classes
- Work with teacher on curriculum
- Connect with local business entrepreneurs to serve as guest speakers
- Coordinate weekly sale opportunities for designed products
- Help connect the high school students to summer job opportunities
- Research potential summer job opportunities
- Share opportunities with High School Students
- Assist students in application process and prepare for their interviews
Economic Development (FILLED)
Number of VISTA’s: 1
- Support economic development and business entrepreneurship work occurring at our new Kitchen Incubator, event space, and community patio at 40 South Main Street.
- Organize and promote a startup farmer’s market on the patio
- Coordinate community-focused events in the event room
- Connect the small businesses in the kitchen with opportunities to highlight their food and build their businesses.
- Support events that celebrate the arts and utilize the arts to build community.
- Develop a sustainable strategic marketing approach
- Create materials for positioning the new space within the city and state
Number of VISTA’s: 1
- Work with the HomeOwnership Center on marketing and community outreach.
- Produce materials marketing the financial literacy classes and the Sustainable HomeOwnership Program
- Conduct community outreach to help increase the number of community members who access the services to gain knowledge about the home ownership process and financial literacy
- Help create and maintain the HOC’s information board and ensure that information is up to date with lender programs for first time homebuyers.
- Help develop resources and excel spreadsheets to include in flash drive giveaway for participants of the literacy classes.
- Remain available to assist HOC staff during classes, attending to walk-in clients, helping clients create an online Compass profile and register for classes.
Number of VISTA’s: 1
- Collaborate with both our Accessing Home Program and our summer Youth Program to ensure that residents are aware of the services available to them.
- Connect potential residents and residents at risk of eviction with the Access Home Program
- Support families with children through sharing information about NWBRV’s youth programs
- Assist individuals with financial concerns with state benefit program such as SNAP and child care assistance
- Connect residents to our Home Ownership Center which offers financial literacy and asset building opportunities
- Work to make sure low-income community members have access to nutritious food.
- Coordinate the neighborhood summer lunch program
- Educate residents at elderly housing developments on Senior Coupons and the days, times, and locations of farmers markets where they can use the coupons
- Outreach at the farmers markets to help residents who are eligible apply for WIC voucher and SNAP benefits