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OSMRE VISTA Eckley Miner's Village
Eckley Miners’ Village is a historic site dedicated to the preservation of over one hundred historic company-owned dwellings, out buildings and newer museum structures from the 1850s – 1970s, and the interpretation of the lives of coal mining families in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. This project will increase our capacity to engage and educate local residents, the visiting public, and school groups on the significance of the anthracite coal industry and how anthracite mining shaped and affected lives, communities, the region’s culture and landscape, and American industrial history. Our two key goals will be to develop and enhance programs and educational materials that foster 1) an understanding of the historic lifeways in Pennsylvania coal patch towns from the mid 19th through the mid 20th century including the immigrant experience, poverty and subsistence, social structures and activities in a paternalistic corporate environment, and the roles of women and children in a mining town, and 2) the historic and environmental effects of underground and surface mining that contributed to the landscape we see today. A tertiary goal of this project will be to increase visitation and revenue enough to boost the site staff drawn from the local community to levels it was prior to the recent economic downturn. The VISTA will be expected to assist organizing activities and securing both in kind and financial resources so Eckley Miners’ Village can survive, thrive, and continue to provide invaluable educational programs and living history experiences to a wide and diverse audience. The continued growth of programming will foster the long-term preservation of this actual mining village in the anthracite region as a classroom for future generations. With state budget cutbacks and loss of staff, the support being provided by this VISTA is critical to continue the outreach and educational programs provided at Eckley Miners Village.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will be primarily responsible for participating in building organizational capacity and increasing community awareness through education and outreach development, engaging in economic revitalization efforts, and securing future funding to sustain Eckley Miners Village through difficult economic times. Projects will include working with regional partners to bring our education mission to underserved communities, expanding our education mission by participating in community events and outreach programs, developing new educational/interpretive materials focused on landscape and environmental change, and working with our non-profit board and volunteers to identify and apply for grants and other sources of outside income. The VISTA member will be primarily serving on location at Eckley Miners Village with a work station located within the main museum building. Most activities occur within 20 miles of the site, with occasional activities further away.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Disaster Services ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Writing/Editing ,  Education ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Recruitment ,  Environment . 
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OSMRE VISTA Eckley Miner's Village

Program Start/End Date
05/01/2017  -   04/30/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA  


Accepting Applications
From  01/10/2017  To  03/03/2017 

Contact Adrian Uzunian
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71033