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ACCT Community Development Coordinator
The mountains of eastern Coal Country are one of America's most beautiful, yet perhaps most neglected environmental frontiers. The region continues to suffer from a legacy of unregulated coal mining, poverty, and environmental devastation. In 2002, the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) was created to address these concerns from the grassroots level. The result of a unique partnership between AmeriCorps VISTA and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), the ACCT seeks to place full-time VISTA Volunteers in community watershed/nonprofit associations throughout Coal Country. We currently have OSM/VISTAs spread across seven states. Each OSM/VISTA seeks to increase economic opportunities for future generations, promote nature protection, perform environmental education programs that lead to higher overall academic achievement, engage seniors in meaningful service,work with community members to build community gardens and farmers markets, develop outdoor trails or water trails, fight obesity through the creation of healthy outdoor events, and become responsible professionals that continue to make a difference beyond their service year. These dedicated, passionate volunteers are powerful advocates for rural communities. In an area where past environmental degradation can create a sense of hopelessness about the future, OSM/VISTAs focus on getting people in the community involved in changing the quality of their lives, and bring renewed hope and strength to Coal Country. The results of their work reverberate deeply in the local culture as well as the regional ecosystem. There are five OSM/VISTA start dates each year (February, May, July, August, November). Please apply to this listing, even if you will not be available until a later start date. To learn more about the work we do and what it is like to be an OSM/VISTA we invite you to watch our web series here:
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Member Duties : The primary focus of this position will be non-profit management and capacity building within a sponsoring organization. The majority of these organizations are located in rural communities with a history of coal mining. Activities will include partnership development, fundraising and grant writing, membership recruitment, volunteer recruitment and training, and public engagement. The overall goal will be to inspire individual and community action leading to greater economic opportunities, a cleaner environment. Coordinators work within economically depressed regions to promote economic development. They are involved in community revitalization projects, community garden development and farmers market promotions, leadership opportunities, environmental education and polluted water remediation projects. In all of their efforts, OSM/VISTAs strive to improve the quality of life and promote economic development in their communities.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Entrepreneur/Business ,  Public Safety ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Disaster Relief ,  Health ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Leadership ,  Education ,  Environment ,  Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  General Skills ,  Architectural Planning ,  Community Organization ,  Facilitating Public Meetings ,  Youth Development ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Health . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

ACCT Community Development Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
01/13/2013  -   02/20/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None


Accepting Applications
From  12/10/2013  To  01/20/2015 

Contact April Trent
2795 Robert C Byrd Dr
Beckley   WV   25801

Listing ID 38875