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2018-2019 Keith Creek Greenway VISTA
ZION Development Corporation is a faith-based organization started by Zion Lutheran Church that has focused on community development work in the Midtown area of Rockford. ZION is working with community partners to develop a greenway along Keith Creek in southeast Rockford. The Keith Creek Greenway will provide alternative transportation options to job centers in downtown Rockford and along the State Street Corridor. It will also create recreation opportunities by linking schools and parks along 4.5 miles of Keith Creek. The first phases of the Greenway will link Midtown, an impoverished community, to Downtown and provide access to job opportunities for a community where many people do not have cars. The VISTA project will be focused on creating a vision and plan for launching the first phase of the Greenway. ZION is looking for a positive, energetic, and outgoing person who is willing to work with very diverse populations and community leaders around the common cause of creating the Keith Creek Greenway. This project marries the passions of helping low-income communities and creating a unique and environmentally conscious greenway that connects multiple neighborhoods, schools and parks. This position will require creative approaches and critical thinking to navigate a wide range of issues. The community partners include neighborhood associations, business districts, governmental agencies, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, planning groups, and businesses. This position is a part of the Housing Action VISTA Network. Housing Action Illinois administers 30 one-year VISTA positions located all throughout Illinois. Learn more by checking out our website.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Develop the vision and planning approach for the overall Keith Creek Greenway, with particular emphasis on launching the first phase that connects the 10th Avenue Park to ZION’s Strong Neighborhood House. Work with neighborhood associations and community partners to build support for the project. Research routes for the Greenway as well as properties that may need to be acquired for the project at various points along the route. Work with governmental and community partners to design the overall project as well as the specific designs around flood mitigation, recreation, environmentally friendly design, etc. Research and pursue funding opportunities for the project.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Health ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Urban Planning ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  Environment . 
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2018-2019 Keith Creek Greenway VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/28/2018  -   08/27/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS  

Accepting Applications
From  03/22/2018  To  07/27/2018 

Contact Tiara Hyche
910 5th Ave
Rockford   IL   61104
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79307