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2021-2022 Communications & Membership VISTA
Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition that has been leading the movement to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing and end homelessness in Illinois for more than 30 years. Our 140+ member organizations include housing counseling agencies, homeless service providers, developers of affordable housing, and policymakers. We bring everyone together to work toward an Illinois where everyone has a stable, good home. Our AmeriCorps VISTA will help us in this mission by building awareness and understanding of affordable housing and homelessness through creating educational communications, strengthening our membership, and supporting our fundraising efforts. They will lift up the voices of advocates working on the front lines and people with lived experience of housing instability through developing digital and print materials, raise our digital profile, and help us be more strategic in our communications. They will engage and support our coalition’s member organizations as well as cultivate potential members. They will also collaborate with our staff to diversify and strengthen our funding. To accomplish all of this, we’re looking for someone who is passionate about housing justice, cares about ethical storytelling, and believes in the value of fostering relationships among housing professionals and organizations throughout Illinois. We will need an individual who is well-organized, communicates effectively, takes initiative, has strong writing skills, wants to learn, and can balance a wide variety of projects. Since this position is a part of the larger network of VISTAs serving within Housing Action’s VISTA Network, you will receive training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website. This position can start in June or July.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : 1. Build awareness and understanding of homelessness and affordable housing and our coalition’s role in addressing these issues in Illinois. Projects related to this include leading creation of our first issue of a magazine-style print publication featuring member stories related to housing and homelessness; enhancing our website; and shaping digital communications for supporters. 2. Engage and cultivate Housing Action members and donors through communications, implementing new strategic plan priorities related to membership, writing member spotlights, and helping facilitate training or networking opportunities and a new member benefits orientation. 3. Expand and diversify our funding sources in collaboration with staff. Identify new prospects, write and edit grant proposals, join the planning team for our annual benefit and conference, and strategize additional fundraising activities.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  $110 / month for Ventra or housing . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2021-2022 Communications & Membership VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  -   08/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  


Accepting Applications
From  07/09/2021  To  08/16/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
67 E Madison St
Chicago   IL   60603

Listing ID 101979