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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 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. 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 is mapping a range of climate risks in Southwest Yonkers and the AmeriCorps VISTA Steward will help develop the long-term capacity and sustainability of this project.
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Member Duties : As noted above, the AmeriCorps VISTA Steward will increase the capacity of Groundwork Hudson Valley to move three high-profile projects forward in Southwest Yonkers: the development and equitable implementation of the Yonkers Greenway, the ongoing restoration of the Saw Mill River watershed which empties into the Hudson River in Southwest Yonkers, and the mitigation of climate risks for vulnerable people in the community. For each project, the VISTA will increase our ability to organize and engage local volunteers and stakeholders, educate and inform the communities about these projects, and help secure additional resources so the projects can achieve their stated outcomes over time. As such the VISTA will develop and manage participant databases for each project to improve engagement and communication, organize community events focusing on new target populations, and research and write grant proposals to foundations, public agencies, and donors.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Environment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Stewards VISTA: Groundwork Hudson Valley

Program Start/End Date
10/26/2020  -   10/25/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

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

Spanish conversational a plus

Accepting Applications
From  07/24/2020  To  10/01/2020 

Contact Patricia Silva
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 94191