AmeriCorps VISTA Member

  • Oakland, CA, US

Children's Home Society of California (CHS) Alameda County is recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. AmeriCorps VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and limited health benefit options during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service. This advertisement is for a VISTA Member assignment with CHS.

The mission of Children's Home Society of California is to reach out to children and families with a range of services that ensure every child the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy, and secure environment. CHS is currently celebrating 125 years of providing critical supports for needy children and families in California. The CHS Oakland office recently opened in December of 2014, providing a great opportunity for an ambitious, self-directed VISTA to make a huge impact in the neighborhood. The Oakland office is located in the Eastmont neighborhood, which is one of the highest need areas in Oakland and has recently seen major demographic shifts. Oakland is located across the bay from San Francisco, one of the most popular places to live and work in the nation. The rise in the cost of living threatens many low-income families and increases the need for additional supports. The VISTA will play a major role in development of the family resource center and early learning activities through collaborative relationships with other organizations. The VISTA will enhance a school-readiness workshop series by working with schools and recruiting and training volunteers. The VISTA will help to address a wide range of educational, social, and economic issues facing low-income families. The ideal candidate will have experience working in Oakland or in similar urban, high-need areas. This person has strong organizational and writing skills and is comfortable taking initiative. This person will have trained and managed volunteers and has experience with community engagement. This is an excellent opportunity for someone eager to learn essential management and program development skills and who is interested in working in the field of early childhood development or social services. The service is a one-year term, with the potential to extend.

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION:

Under the direction of Children's Home Society of California's (CHS) Program Administrator III, the VISTA Member will:

  • Develop and execute a volunteer recruitment plan to support school readiness and other early learning programs
  • Develop a tracking mechanism, training manual, and recruitment strategies
  • Recruit and train at least 25 volunteers
  • Develop the family resource center through outreach to community based organizations, government agencies, and schools
  • Develop referral processes and train volunteers to do family needs assessments and referrals
  • Promote CHS and the resource center at a minimum of 25 community events, and recruit and train community advocates to do outreach
  • Select and develop effective outreach strategies
  • Explore collaborative programming with other organizations to enhance services offered at the center
  • Represent CHS to other community-based coalitions in early learning and family support
  • Develop school supplies drive for low-income families by working with local businesses to secure donations and schools

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English

SCHEDULE: Full-Time

AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM BENEFITS:

Training, *Health Coverage, Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance

Children's Home Society of California

Areas of focus:

  • 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 23
    Eastmont Town Center
    Oakland, CA, US 94605
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  • Start and end dates:

    START - 6/27/16 - END - 6/26/17
  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    A lot (10+ hours/week)
  • Extra details:

    Stipend provided

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