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Community Relations & Development VISTA
Catholic Charities of Orange County provides services in the County of Orange in California, with an approximate population of 3,168,044, according to the most recent Census 2020 data. Our local VISTA Member will help us build capacity by creating and implementing policies, safety practices, follow-up, and community engagement efforts to develop a sustainable volunteer and donor relation model. Our VISTA's operations will be centered at our Cantlay Food Distribution located in the City of Santa Ana, which has the highest low-income population in Orange County. The center is open three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with a special food distribution schedule for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Serving over 1,800 families and individuals every week has become a challenge without having the proper volunteer engagement and management. Last summer, we took on a greater project to create a working farm and garden at our food distribution center. The vision for the working farm is to be an integral part of the local community, a place where people can learn how to grow fresh food and discover the benefits of harvesting nutritious fruit and vegetables. We have incorporated 90 garden beds and a hydroponic vertical irrigation system. Our goal is to integrate instructional sessions about growing sustainable gardens and bringing awareness about the importance of healthy living. Through this initiative, we have started distributing fresh food for our visitors at the center. Our VISTA will help us develop relations with volunteers and donors, implement a volunteer schedule & follow-up, and be a part of our agency's overall capacity-building strategy. This VISTA position is a part of Catholic Charities USA’s Family Strengthening Program, a national intermediary project. As a member, you will meet virtually with VISTA Leaders and other VISTAs serving throughout the country, all focused on alleviating poverty.
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Member Duties : (1) Familiarize with the current donor/ volunteer forms & safety protocol; (2) Create job descriptions for volunteer opportunities; (3) Establish onboarding process (orientation & follow-up); (4) Engage potential volunteers through email blast and media presence; (5) Respond to email communications received through; (6) Research potential corporate volunteer opportunities within Orange County and coordinate future volunteer engagements; (7) Collect volunteer information in quantifiable terms to identify patterns and areas for growth with greatest impact; (8) Research & register CCOC at community events and speaking engagements to recruit volunteers; (9) Measure success by increasing number of participants; (10) Implement volunteer recognition program; (11) Keep strict CCOC’s confidentiality regarding volunteer personal information; (12) Coordinate a “Volunteer Evaluation”; (13) Recommend and develop strategies for utilization of volunteers within the organization.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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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 and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Homelessness ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Non-Profit Management ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Social Services ,  Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Conflict Resolution . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Relations & Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
05/08/2023  -   05/07/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations CALIFORNIA  

Spanish preferred

Accepting Applications
From  01/25/2023  To  04/10/2023 

Contact Mariajose Garorti
12141 S Lewis St, 11th Floor
Garden Grove   CA   92840

Listing ID 113581