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Stewards VISTA: Energy Savings for Appalachia
Appalachian Voices’ “Energy Savings for Appalachia” campaign began as a response to increased federal funding for inclusive energy efficiency programs at rural electric cooperatives. After several years of promoting these essential programs to co-op leadership and educating members about the opportunity, it became clear that members both want and need more decision-making power in order to implement programs and policies that benefit their community and protect local ecosystems. Electric Cooperatives have long been influential in improving the quality of life of rural communities. Before these co-ops came about, running electric line to sparsely populated rural areas was neglected as it was less profitable than running line to more populated cities. Between the 1930s and 1950s, people living in rural communities came together to address this problem and electrified rural homes faster than any private company. Decades later, members of electric co-ops are often unaware of what it means to be a member and of the resources that could be utilized by their co-ops. While some electric co-ops encounter this problem more than others, transparent, two-way communication between members and leadership is often lacking, resulting in poor or uninformed decision making at the leadership level. By educating co-op members on their rights and responsibilities and electric co-op best practices, training members in community organizing and skill building, providing research and support to activated members, facilitating relationships between current leadership and members, etc, the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign seeks to advance our goal of making modern day electric cooperatives more responsive to their members and democratic in their decision making. Ultimately, our goal is for co-op members to have the power to affect the implementation of clean, affordable energy and other programs that address the needs of rural communities and environments.
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Member Duties : VISTA member will conduct outreach in legacy mining areas in Cumberland, Fentress, Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins, and adjacent counties to help community members: 1) understand their rights & responsibilities as members of electric co-ops; 2) learn about programs available to their co-ops that benefit local economies & community development; 3) generate member engagement in co-op decision making processes; and, 4) advance inclusive energy efficiency and other programs. VISTA will develop trainings to engage a broader base of co-op membership, assist current co-op organizing efforts by providing research assistance/resources, and liaison between East Tennessee electric co-op members and Appalachian Voices’ Communications Team to support members’ media & outreach needs. VISTA will educate and help enroll members in new co-op programs, update members on Tennessee Valley Authority proposals, and help lift members out of poverty. Rolling applications, apply now!
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  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 :
Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  General Skills ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Public Speaking ,  Environment . 
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Stewards VISTA: Energy Savings for Appalachia

Program Start/End Date
12/03/2018  -   12/02/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  


Accepting Applications
From  06/04/2018  To  01/22/2019 

Contact Erica Calderis
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81656