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Raising A Reader and Catholic Charities (UWBB)
Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute (RAR) and Catholic Charities serve a region in the mountains of Colorado which includes the ski slopes of Aspen and an abundance of high-adventure activities including whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, and backcountry hiking and camping. But don’t think you’ll be too isolated. With Aspen nearby, our communities offer cultural activities and access to the arts typically found only in urban areas. There are challenges also. Wages for local service jobs, construction trades and in the nearby oil and gas fields often don’t provide enough family income. Consequently, the region has a large non-profit, human services community. Raising A Reader programs help families build everyday engagement practices at home to prepare children for reading success in school by: 1) providing a book bag and four books every week to 1,800 children, ages newborn to six; and 2) facilitating fifty (50) parent workshops to foster book sharing activities and a literacy-rich learning environment at home. At Catholic Charities, you’ll support a mission to serve the poor and most vulnerable populations in the region. Catholic Charities provides financial assistance, case management and community integration services to individuals and families to help them meet their basic needs, be empowered to fully participate in the community and work toward self-sufficiency. The VISTA will develop a public relations/media/marketing plan including PSAs, community presentations, newspaper articles, digital newsletters, social media and video content. The goal is to communicate effectively with parents, community partners and the public to improve engagement in, support for and awareness of programs at both organizations. This VISTA opportunity is part of a community-wide effort to recruit 12 VISTA members. Each VISTA will receive a $200/month housing stipend (paid directly to VISTA members’ landlords).
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Member Duties : The VISTA placed at Raising A Reader and Catholic Charities will help complete a public relations media plan and help develop presentations and PSAs. They will help establish intra-organizational systems and help improve communication between partners. Finally,they will develop social media tools and help train staff to maintain these new tools to lift communities out of poverty.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Computers/Technology ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Social Media Management ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Raising A Reader and Catholic Charities (UWBB)

Program Start/End Date
01/21/2020  -   01/21/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations COLORADO  


Accepting Applications
From  08/03/2018  To  12/31/2020 

Contact Kaylee Peterson
PO Box 1406
Rifle   CO   81650
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 76768