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United Way of Story County VISTA Income Specialist
United Way of Story County (UWSC) focuses on three Education, Income, and Health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. We are successful because our dedicated team builds and fosters partnerships and collaborations that help individuals and families succeed. In the area of Income, we understand that to create a strong community, individuals and families must have their basic needs met first. This includes a safe place to live, access to food and reliable transportation. Sadly, these are not realities for all of our neighbors. We also understand that individuals and families must be equipped with the skills and resources to help move them toward self-sufficiency, including job training and financial education and coaching. Much work has been done to address financial education and coaching for at-risk women through the Women United program but more could be done to support all low-income families. Of special interest for this year of service is gaining an understanding of job training/placement needs of low-income families, availability of local job skills training programs and access to employment that provides a livable wage for families in our community. The AmeriCorps VISTA will help identify, assess, build and expand programs that provide free tax preparation for low-income workers, financial education/coaching, and job skills/training leading to successful employment. The VISTA Income Specialist will also be an integral part of this work by coordinating an effort to identify existing resources for, and the unmet needs of, the low-income community; increase community awareness, and seek effective solutions. The successful candidate will be an outgoing individual that has the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, understands how to communicate effectively with a variety of different stakeholders and exhibits a passion for wanting to help make poverty history.
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Member Duties : (1) Review and update community map of programs that provide tax prep, financial education, job training/skill development services and evaluate the effectiveness of those programs; (2) Identify unmet needs of low income residents including un/under employed, and recommend strategies and services to address those needs; (3) Build/enhance relationships with partners working to address economic development and empower individuals and families living in poverty to improve their economic status through job skills training and employment opportunities; (4) Recruit, train, coordinate and communicate with community/corporate volunteers to participate in poverty reduction initiatives; (5) Assist in communicating (via social media, web, email and presentations) the needs of low income residents and programs/resources available to meet them; and (6) plan and execute two episodic volunteer events that create a greater awareness in the community about the struggles of people living in poverty.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Homelessness ,  Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Communications . 
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United Way of Story County VISTA Income Specialist

Program Start/End Date
07/19/2018  -   07/18/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  20    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/12/2018  To  07/06/2018 

Contact Jerri Baumeister
315 Clark Ave
Ames   IA   50010
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 80065