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Benson Hill Community Development Specialist
Part of an eight-member VISTA team supported by a VISTA Leader. This VISTA member will serve with the City of Renton focusing on community development & engagement as a tool to reduce poverty in the Benson Hill community, an economically disadvantaged area in Southeast Renton annexed to the city in 2008. The City is the lead organization for the Benson Hill Community Plan. During the project’s first year, the VISTA member will focus on building capacity & sustainability in the community by building rapport & trust with neighborhood residents, local businesses, & community partners to foster connections, identify community needs, & work together to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life. The VISTA member will rely on these connections to implement community events, neighborhood improvement projects, & community engagement opportunities to assist in identifying the best ways to address the community challenges that resident’s face. This will help break the cycle of poverty by strengthening the social fabric & safety of the neighborhood & provide residents opportunities & resources needed to create a neighborhood organization capable of shaping a strong, vibrant, & healthy community. The VISTA member’s community development efforts will help improve neighborhood image & safety & cultivate neighborhood pride to combat challenges that exist within areas of concentrated poverty. The VISTA member will write grants to support small neighborhood improvement projects that can be executed with residents on a grassroots level. Through these efforts, the VISTA member will work toward building greater resilience & self-sufficiency among neighborhood residents & businesses & expanding opportunities for everyone in the community. Renton has a population of 104,100 residents & is located on Lake Washington. The city has excellent parks for outdoor activities & outstanding access to public transportation to Seattle & other parts of the Seattle metropolitan area.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA member will: • Assess the needs and goals of neighborhood residents through community outreach and engagement • Partner with residents, businesses, churches, and other organizations to plan, coordinate, and participate in community events and activities to build relationships and foster connections among residents and businesses • Work with residents, businesses, and other partners to plan and implement small neighborhood improvement projects to build confidence and safety in the neighborhood among residents • Engage in outreach to locally-owned businesses and community groups to build relationships for ongoing community development in the neighborhood and to fight blight, crime, and other challenges of concentrated poverty • Work with residents and the City’s neighborhood program to lay the foundation for a future neighborhood association for residents for VISTA year 2 • Write two grant applications to support small-scale neighborhood improvement projects
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Public transit pass & potential housing . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Children/Youth ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Benson Hill Community Development Specialist

Program Start/End Date
08/05/2019  -   08/03/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON   Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton  

Spanish desired

Accepting Applications
From  05/01/2019  To  07/10/2019 

Contact Drey Hicks
1055 S Grady Way
Renton   WA   98057

Listing ID 88838


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