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*MTCC VISTA- University of MT Vets. Advocacy Clinic
Montana has the second highest per capita veteran population in the nation, and nearly half of those veterans live in rural communities. The MT Veterans Advocacy Clinic (VAC) assists veterans across the state, in person or remotely. Free legal services provided addresses legal issues that cause veterans to fall into homeless and food insecurity. The Montana Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission statewide study found Montana’s veteran population was intensely affected by gaps and barriers to legal assistance. The School of Law administration is supportive of the VAC by allowing the supervising attorney and faculty supervisor to use a portion of her full-time faculty workload to supervise students in representing veterans. The VAC does not have independent funding. Funding would allow the VAC to meet with rural veterans in person when needed, particularly when the veteran or family member has limited resources. It would also allow the VAC hire support staff other veterans advocacy clinics with greater capacity have in place, like a dedicated paralegal or staff attorney. The VAC's supervising attorney and students are over capacity addressing legal needs of veterans and their families, so having a VISTA service member focused on identifying funding sources, developing those resources, and assisting and coordinating community partnerships would greatly aid in the VAC's work, making the clinic more effective and building its capacity to serve a greater number of veterans and collaborate with a greater number of community partners serving veterans. TO APPLY: Submitting AmeriCorps application is not required* To apply, please fill out the Montana Campus Compact application found at PRIORITY DEADLINES are April 10th & May 8th. *Selected applicants will be required to formally apply to their VISTA position as part of the Montana Campus Compact onboarding process.
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Member Duties : VISTA will help Veterans Advocacy Clinic (VAC) serve low-income veterans and families by identifying and drafting applications for grant funding and grant reporting; developing a method to assess VAC’s effectiveness for veterans in the community; utilizing assessment data to support marketing for the VAC; communicating with veterans and their families regarding legal needs; coordinating screening process for veterans or veterans’ family members seeking legal assistance; developing referral resources for veterans by establishing and maintaining relationships with variety of service providers; coordinating referrals for veterans to veterans service providers, including attorneys taking pro bono referrals; and communicating with partners accepting referrals from the VAC. The VISTA will seek grant funding to implement Rural and Tribal Veterans Outreach Program which focuses on travel to rural areas and Tribal Reservations to meet veterans about cases and provide advice and legal aid.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service 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 :
Education ,  Veterans . 
Skills :
Law ,  Social Services ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Veterans . 
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*MTCC VISTA- University of MT Vets. Advocacy Clinic

Program Start/End Date
07/20/2020  -   07/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/02/2020  To  05/18/2020 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88539