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Stewards VISTA: Groundwork Hudson Valley
Through an array of capacity building support services, the new AmeriCorps VISTA Steward for Groundwork Hudson Valley will play an instrumental role in moving three high-profile environmental projects forward in the EJ community of Southwest Yonkers. Activities will involve organizing and refining project outreach efforts through an equity lens, organizing volunteer stewardship initiatives to increase and broaden their impact, and helping raise critically needed resources to sustain these programs over time. Projects include a major effort to transform a large neighborhood brownfield site into the Yonkers Greenway, an initiative developed and designed by the local community. Along an abandoned commuter rail line, the greenway would revitalize one of the city’s most socially and economically distressed neighborhoods. The second project involves the restoration of the Saw Mill River, an impaired tributary to the Hudson River flowing through the center of Southwest Yonkers around which are major public parks and commercial districts. This section of the stream is also at the bottom of the watershed and most subject to trash, fecal coliform and high stream velocities connected to extreme weather and climate change. The third project involves preparing the community for a range of climate-related threats such as heat waves, sea level rise, hurricanes and storm surge. Southwest Yonkers is along the Hudson River coast, is the most densely built part of the city, and the most disadvantaged, making it especially vulnerable to climate concerns and in need of resiliency initiatives. Through a project developed with Groundwork USA and NOAA, the organization has mapped a range of climate risks in Southwest Yonkers and is forming a climate safe neighborhoods task force. The VISTA Steward will help develop the long-term capacity and sustainability of this project.
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Member Duties : Work under the organization’s Rivers & Trails Program to ensure that the three main projects promote economic and social equity by addressing the needs of high-poverty families and neighborhoods first and foremost, through a range of strategies that include youth employment, improved access to jobs, small business revitalization, and climate resiliency support for those with limited resources. Work with its supervisor and the Director of Development on prospecting grant opportunities and cultivating sponsors. Support volunteers from the community in the Saw Mill River clean-up day hosted by Groundwork Hudson Valley. The VISTA will also support the engagement of community volunteers at other Groundwork events during the year, to be determined. Assess engagement in the community and cultivating continued relationship in the community, in particular in the Climate Resilience Program, and in engaging community members in the activities of this program area.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Environment ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Stewards VISTA: Groundwork Hudson Valley

Program Start/End Date
11/08/2021  -   11/07/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

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

Accepting Applications
From  07/28/2021  To  10/15/2021 

Contact Sam Forsythe
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801

Listing ID 105973