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Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a 35-year-old nonprofit recognized as an innovator in resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. We work in Orange, NJ and nearby to amplify the underappreciated strengths of income-constrained residents and organizations. Our goal is to help them build up and sustain healthy neighborhoods that provide economic, educational and cultural opportunities and outcomes rivaling those found in more affluent towns and cities. We work toward our vision by building safe and healthy affordable housing for residents and affordable commercial space for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We bolster our economic development activity with innovative community empowerment initiatives that seek to inspire neighbors to cultivate their inherent assets to help build a JUST and BEAUTIFUL CITY. To achieve that vision in these times, HANDS recognizes that we must take on a driving force behind an array of interconnected impediments to revitalization: the huge and growing disparity in wealth and income between residents of cities like Orange and residents of more affluent towns. We are linking our longstanding commitment to addressing the lack of decent affordable housing with new efforts on the economic development front to build personal, family and neighborhood income and wealth in the neighborhoods we serve. The task before us is to empower business owners, homeowners and everyday residents to take control of their financial future. In the past year, we piloted programs to aid small businesses with training and access to capital, assist homeowners to maintain and enhance their largest asset, help individuals and families to increase their capability to accumulate savings and plan their financial future. This year, we will evaluate, adjust and grow these programs. Our VISTA fellow will enhance our capacity to execute well-designed initiatives to help individuals and businesses generate and sustain wealth.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will help staff boost organizational capacity to assess economic challenges/opportunities and design, develop & revise strategies that businesses can use to become profitable and homeowners and residents can use to bolster finances and grow wealth. The successful candidate will: 1 - Develop/revise surveys for new/established small businesses, assess their financial strengths/challenges and develop a portfolio of trainers/service providers to meet their needs. 2 - Develop/revise surveys for residents to assess their financial challenges/opportunities and curate a suite of workshops & services to meet their needs. 3 - Work with homeowners on a home improvement grants program and develop/revise a list of qualified contractors designed to increase the livability & value of their dwellings. 4 - Research the best ways to incorporate these findings & resources into a robust wealth creation capability program. Currently hybrid - remote/in-person; subject to change.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Housing ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Conflict Resolution . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA


Program Start/End Date
08/30/2021  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW JERSEY   New York City (inc. Long Island CT NJ NY)  

Spanish & Creole desired

Accepting Applications
From  06/10/2021  To  08/10/2021 

Contact Robin Gordon
15 South Essex Avenue, Rear
Orange   NJ   07050

Listing ID 104888