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VISTA Grief Resource & Suicide Awareness Coordinator
 
 
 
Sharing Kindness, was seeded from the shared devastation of suicide and grief. We are pleased to add that we now tend a thriving community through empathy, education, and courageous conversation. We began by providing grief support programs for suicide loss survivors, because suicide loss survivors are at increased risk of suicide. Grief programming in this group is also suicide prevention. There is no grief support available for most deaths occurring outside of the hospice setting and were needed to expand our programming. We now provide grief support programming across the life span, with an emphasis on children, youth, young adults and families. Unaddressed childhood grief and trauma can lead to short- and long-term difficulties, including decreased academic performance, mental health issues, entry into the juvenile justice system, suicide, poverty and early mortality. A report, "Dying from Inequality", showed that financial instability and poverty can increase suicide risk. Suicide is a major inequality issue. Timely support introduced at critical junctures aids in healthy development. Using the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model we estimate there are at least 4,233 bereaved children, teens, and young adults on Cape Cod. We set a goal of significantly increasing the number of evidence based peer grief support programs we offer by early 2023. In addition, we created our regions first suicide awareness walk, held each May, and partner with schools and other community organizations to raise suicide awareness. Our community members are at more than twice the risk of dying from suicide as other parts of the state. The VISTA will learn about nonprofit capacity building, sustain ongoing programming, assist in information tabulation and grant writing, develop multiple communication management skills as we grow a healthier community and, importantly, become fluent in safe and courageous conversation around mental health, suicide and grief.
 
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Member Duties : VISTA member responsibilities for our signature annual fundraiser include event organization, assistance with basic graphic design and marketing, database management, volunteer management, engagement in partnership collaboration and community outreach. An additional focus will be communications development, working with current staff, including our behavioral health clinician, to develop year long social media campaigns around grief support and suicide awareness, to research and document information for posts, development of quarterly newsletter and to monitor relevant news and related national organizations. Support for growth and development includes assistance with our current capacity building grant, support for special events, compilation of grief groups information, tabulation of data from pre & post group surveys and compiling statistical reports with assistance in grant writing.
 
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
VISTA Grief Resource & Suicide Awareness Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
12/01/2022  -   11/29/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MASSACHUSETTS  

Accepting Applications
From  08/19/2022  To  12/30/2022 

Contact Kim Mead-Walters
PO Box 1082
Orleans   MA   02653
508-246-1555
kim@sharingkindness.org
www.sharingkindness.org

Listing ID 114181


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