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culture is not optional: Growing Imagination in a Rural City
*culture is not optional runs the Huss Project, a former elementary school in Three Rivers, Michigan, that is being transformed into a community center that seeks to grow our rural city’s capacity for imagination. We currently run an urban farm that distributes produce to neighbors who don’t have access to fresh food, host a summer lunch program for school-aged kids, and celebrate our community’s creativity at an annual festival that draws over 1,300 attendees. We partner closely with many local businesses and farmers to meet community needs. We recently opened the Imaginarium, a stunning new public space at the Huss Project that has started to facilitate new year-round partnerships and programs. After an extensive asset mapping project, we are introducing new programs to maximize community strengths and meet community needs imaginatively. VISTAs will join our volunteer staff to strengthen existing partnerships, to foster new partnerships, to recruit volunteers to build staff capacity, and to design new programs that will structurally change the way we approach poverty in our city. Our goals are to increase educational achievement—particularly for marginalized, at-risk youth in our school district who disproportionately live in the Huss neighborhood—and to build a sustainable food system accessible by all in our city. We offer reduced-cost housing at our community house for VISTA members. We will be selecting three members to join our work in Three Rivers, with positions focusing on program development and evaluation, community outreach and partnerships, and funding development.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : We’re looking for compassionate, collaborative, innovative, and detail oriented folks to join our community! *culture is not optional operates out of an emergent strategy model, wherein the changes we experience while working alongside neighbors and researching our context consistently shape next steps. This model allows for more flexibility in identifying assets and greater nimbleness to respond in real-time. Given this model, VISTAs will support existing programs through volunteer recruitment, listening to and learning about the community, engaging neighbors, and communicating with existing partners. VISTAs will evaluate programs and design new programs with neighbors and community partners to increase educational achievement and to build a sustainable food system. Together, we can grow our city’s capacity for imagining new possibilities for itself!
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Housing ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  First Aid ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Computers/Technology ,  Trade/Construction ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Education . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

culture is not optional: Growing Imagination in a Rural City

Program Start/End Date
08/31/2020  -   08/30/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MICHIGAN  


Accepting Applications
From  02/05/2020  To  08/08/2020 

Contact Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma
PO Box 1
Three Rivers   MI   49093

Listing ID 93535


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