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2020-2021 Communications and Capacity Building VISTA
Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition that has been leading the movement to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing and end homelessness in Illinois for more than 30 years. Our 160+ member organizations include housing counseling agencies, homeless service providers, developers of affordable housing, and policymakers. We bring everyone together to work toward an Illinois where everyone has a stable, good home. Our VISTA will help us in this mission by building awareness and understanding of affordable housing and homelessness through storytelling, educational communications, and media outreach. They will engage and support our member organizations through communicating our member benefits, teaching our members to better spread the word about their own services, and bolstering our ability to train and inform housing professionals. They will also collaborate with our staff to diversify and strengthen our funding. To accomplish all of this, we’re looking for someone who is passionate about housing justice, cares about ethical storytelling, and believes in the value of fostering relationships among housing professionals and organizations throughout Illinois. We will need an individual who is well-organized, communicates effectively, takes initiative, wants to learn, and can balance a wide variety of projects. As this position is a part of the larger network of VISTAs serving within Housing Action’s VISTA Network, you will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website. This position can start in June, July, or August.
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Member Duties : 1. Build awareness and understanding homelessness and affordable housing. Projects related to this include transforming our website into a more dynamic educational platform, facilitating storytelling workshops, and shifting media narratives. 2. Engage and cultivate our members and donors through communications. Reshape member benefit materials and contribute to publications such as our annual report. 3. Expand and diversify our funding sources in collaboration with staff. Identify new prospects, write and edit grant proposals, join the planning team for our annual benefit and conference. 4. Amplify the critical services offered by housing counseling agencies throughout Illinois. Teach agencies to get word out about their programs, brainstorm and implement new trainings for housing counselors, and explore workforce development partnerships.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Ventra or Metra Pass . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Homelessness ,  Housing ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing . 
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2020-2021 Communications and Capacity Building VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/17/2020  -   08/16/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2020  To  08/15/2020 

Contact VISTA Leader
67 E Madison St
Chicago   IL   60603
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 94581