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Disaster Volunteer MGMT VISTA, Wharton County, OneStar
Wharton County Recovery Team’s goal is to take an active role in coordinating at every step of the disaster response process – managing the chaos of the flood of volunteers and donations in the immediate wake of a crisis, coordinating rebuilding efforts as our community attempts to return to a state of normalcy, and helping to develop new affordable housing and aid in mitigation and disaster preparedness efforts to help lessen the impact of the next natural disaster. Wharton, which sits on the Colorado River and was the nexus of Harvey’s damage. In Wharton County, 46% of homes were flooded. Hurricane Harvey recovery will last for several years to come. Given the lack of resources in our low-income community, many survivors will need to rely on volunteers to rebuild their homes. In addition, research shows that natural disasters disproportionality impact poor and marginalized communities and that those living in poverty struggle the most to recover. The goal of WCRT is to provide that long-term rebuilding infrastructure to offer recovery assistance to all individuals, families and communities more effectively and efficiently until recovery is completed. To help with preparedness and resiliency of Texas communities, WCRT is searching for a motivated individual to help develop volunteer management methods and communications.
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Member Duties : Serve with the Wharton County Recovery Team’s (WCRT) volunteer and construction committees as well as local, regional and national groups to create sustainable recruitment strategies. Develop tracking and volunteer deployment procedures to assign volunteers on proper projects aiding disaster affected families, farms and small businesses. The VISTA will also develop a year round calendar of rebuild activities requiring volunteer resources. Additionally, the VISTA will create strategies to build partnerships across recovery organizations from various counties to share best practices and resources for disaster preparedness.
Program Benefits : VISTA Housing is provided but optional ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Housing . 
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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 ,  Disaster Relief ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Disaster Services ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Social Services . 
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Disaster Volunteer MGMT VISTA, Wharton County, OneStar

Program Start/End Date
01/22/2019  -   01/22/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS   Houston/Galveston  


Accepting Applications
From  09/28/2018  To  12/28/2018 

Contact Carol Wootten
PO Box 641
Wharton   TX   77488
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79494