AmeriCorps VISTA Member

  • Woodland, CA, US

Children's Home Society of California (CHS) Yolo 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 at risk with a range of services that ensure every child the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy, and secure environment. Celebrating 125 years of service to children and families, CHS has recently opened an office in the community of Woodland, located just 20 miles west of Sacramento in Yolo County. The CHS Yolo VISTA will play a key role in helping to establish CHS in Yolo by increasing awareness of services through outreach and conducting a community needs assessment of low-income families, which will help to inform development of collaborative partnerships with other organizations and development of future programs. This person will develop a volunteer unit to support school readiness and literacy events for parents. She/he will proactively identify and develop collaborations with organizations providing complementary services to families to enhance service coordination and referrals. She/he will identify existing community assets and utilize them in developing programming. The ideal candidate will have exceptional research, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills, also strong community outreach and engagement skills. He/she has a strong interest in collaborations and partnerships. He/she will ideally have experience conducting community needs assessments and managing volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who desires to learn skills that are essential in the nonprofit sector and make their mark through several different projects. It is ideal for a self-starter who wishes to immerse him or herself in learning about the diverse needs of families throughout Yolo and identifying programs and services to meet those needs. She/he will gain valuable experience in the early childhood development field. 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:

  • Conduct a community needs and assets assessment of the children's system of care in Yolo
  • Analyze gaps in services for low-income families and identify potential partner organizations
  • Recommend potential collaborative efforts to reach the underserved or provide new programming to address gaps in service
  • Develop a volunteer unit for the office to support existing school readiness and early literacy programs
  • Recruit participants and develop a training manual training and tracking database
  • Recruit and train at least 10 volunteers, conduct outreach to raise awareness of CHS, and develop new outreach presentations and materials
  • Work with staff to identify and develop effective outreach strategies
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with nonprofit organizations or tap into existing collaboratives serving families with the goal of enhancing services in the community through collaboration/coordination for existing and future programs
  • Assist with a series of local early learning conferences

LANGUAGES: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

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Children's Home Society of California

Areas of focus:

  • 1100 Main Street, Suite 230
    Woodland, CA, US 95695
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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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