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VYT-Winooski Community Services Department
PROGRAM: The VT Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program supports initiatives helping low-income youth & families develop job skills & academic proficiency, build connection to their community, access health & mental health care, find housing, become food secure, & connect with essential services needed to transcend poverty, avoid unhealthy behaviors, reverse the impacts of COVID-19, & ultimately thrive. Website: SITE: The Winooski Community Services Department fosters relationships across generations & cultures by providing safe, healthy environments & opportunities for residents to connect and engage. We promote lifelong wellness & offer high-quality, affordable programs & events that respond to community needs. We manage the O’Brien Community Center, Library, Senior Center, Community Gardens, & many youth programs (free tutoring & enriching afterschool & summer childcare). The challenges of generational poverty & English language proficiency facing many of our families make the need for accessible, low-cost, high-quality programming compelling. Volunteer support is vital to the ongoing success of our programs. It’s an important way to build resident engagement in & ownership of the programs, which is key to sustainability & success. The VISTA’s role in volunteer management allows us to build a pool of competent, trained volunteers to support our work now & into the future. As a designated Refugee Resettlement community, Winooski is home to a diverse population (31 languages spoken in schools, & 38% of students considered English Language Learner.). Many families depend on City programs & services to help them connect to the community, rise up out of poverty, and for New Americans, acculturate & settle into a new community. COVID-19: Less affordable childcare & mental wellbeing; more food & income insecurity. VISTA: builds programs (volunteers, recruits teens, & seeks funding). Location: Winooski, VT.
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Member Duties : The VYT-Winooski Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA recruits & manages volunteers who sustain programs supporting culturally diverse residents. The VISTA: [1] builds the capacity of Winooski’s Community Services Dept. through targeted outreach to low-income and New American residents. This requires sensitivity to different cultures & excellent communication skills. [2] Supports tutoring programs helping low-income and New American youth meet academic standards; healthy community meals; Senior Center activities; Library & Recreation programs; and community gardens. [3] Recruits, trains, and supports all teen employees. The VISTA gains experience in volunteer management, building partnerships, and organizing events. Minimum Age: 21. Travel: valid license; monthly travel to Montpelier for VISTA training. Send cover letter, resume, & contact information for 3 references. While not required, fluency in Nepali, Arabic, Somali, and/or Burmese is helpful.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Professional Development ,  Living Allowance ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Public Safety ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Children/Youth ,  Technology ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Elder Care ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
First Aid ,  Recruitment ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Leadership ,  Social Services ,  Education ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Valid driver's License ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Communications . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

VYT-Winooski Community Services Department

Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  -   08/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  21    Maximum:  None

Program Locations VERMONT  


Accepting Applications
From  06/09/2021  To  08/31/2021 

Contact Hans Heisler
27 Allen Street
Winooski   VT   05404

Listing ID 75284