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Bridges Community Awareness and Engagement VISTA
Financial abuse and domestic violence are key contributors to women and children living in poverty. In fact, many survivors tell us that the threat of homelessness and poverty is what keeps them in the abusive relationship. The fear of losing custody of their children because they are financially dependent on their partner makes it impossible for them to leave. For survivors that do leave, they often face homelessness and poverty. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) reports that financial abuse is present in 99% of domestic violence cases and that 17.8% of women who file for bankruptcy are married to or living with a domestic abuser. We know that poor credit can greatly impact a survivor’s ability to obtain or maintain financial independence, as well as housing. Coerced debt, debt incurred by the abuser, in the name of the victim, is far too common and often leaves survivors financially destitute. Bridges, in partnership with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and the NNEDV provides Economic Empowerment programs that help to re-build credit through a micro-loan program. We also offer a matched savings program where survivors can save a certain amount of money and be matched a specific dollar amount.
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Member Duties : Since the Pandemic, Bridges has been creating more of an on-line presence to reach survivors, providers, and the community. Concerned that survivors would not be able to reach out to Bridges under the stay-at-home orders, we implemented a Chat service so clients could reach us in a discreet and safe manner. We also saw an increase of survivors going to our website and sending us emails through our website. During the pandemic, the Bridges office has remained open and all our services are still in place. The VISTA Member will: • Building community awareness and engagement • Building a social media presence • Completing a social media plan • Develop content, webinars and PSA’s Having this social media presence will increase the number of survivors reaching out for services. It will alert the community and service providers of all our services thus we should see an increase in referrals. It may also increase volunteer interest and internships at Bridges.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing . 
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Bridges Community Awareness and Engagement VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/07/2021  -   06/06/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW HAMPSHIRE  

Accepting Applications
From  04/08/2021  To  04/08/2022 

Contact Renee Perreault
28 Concord St
Nashua   NH   03064

Listing ID 103098