Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is seeking a Volunteer Services Development AmeriCorps*VISTA member who will develop, document, and implement a plan designed to increase the number of youth volunteers serving at Lancaster Lebanon HFH. This VISTA will develop systems to support outreach with youth and youth service groups (e.g. Girl Scout/Boy Scout groups, church youth groups, summer camps, etc.), recruit youth and adults to participate in youth activities, conduct outreach to develop relationships with community partners, and work with youth leaders to develop volunteer events and fundraising efforts. Additionally, this VISTA will research the affiliate's current practices, develop an improved program, implement the program and ensure that the program is supported going forward beyond the VISTA's term.
Member Activities Include:
Develop and document a volunteer recruitment plan, including targeting local faith organizations, school groups, civic groups and other community organizations, as well as others identified during the exploration phase. This might include things like creating a volunteer recruitment community directory, creating a speaker's bureau to promote volunteer opportunities, creating a social media plan aimed at recruitment. Inform plan with volunteer recruitment, orientation and training resources available from HFHI, other affiliates, etc.
Develop and document systems to track volunteer hours and scheduling such as online databases. Develop any web-based information and systems needed to support these efforts, such as creating an online volunteer application.
Develop and document a volunteer training plan that will ensure all volunteers have the skills needed to perform their roles successfully.
Develop and document a system or process to evaluate a volunteer's performance where mutual feedback can be given.
Develop and document a process where the affiliate can continuously identify volunteers that can be cultivated into leadership roles.
Develop and document a volunteer recognition plan to include items identified as best practices during the exploration phase. (May or may not include events, smaller ways to recognize volunteer achievements, recognition milestones like houses built, years served, total # of hours volunteered, etc.)
Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position:
Valid Driver's License
Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)
Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong research skills
Detail oriented and highly organized
Ability to work with a diverse group of people
Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience helpful
Experience working as a member of a team helpful
Project management experience helpful
We look for members who:
Possess a sincere desire to serve others and are dedicated to Habitat's mission
Have strong written and verbal communication skills
Have excellent attention to detail skills
Are able to work with a diverse group of people
Benefits of Service:
Skills for the future
Minimal living allowance (living allowance determined by county position is based in)
An education award of $5,775 or a cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
Personal and sick leave
Health care benefit
Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible - Visit http:www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps to see if your loan qualifies)
Child care assistance (if eligible)
Non-competitive Hiring Status -- When you satisfactorily complete one full year of service, they earn non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs for one year after the member's service
Good to know extras:
Lancaster Lebanon HFH is located in historic Downtown Lancaster, where you'll discover the art studios of Gallery Row, farm to stand food at Central Market, First Friday celebrations, and sounds from opera to theatre to indie rock venues. Adventures to nearby cities are only a train ride away from the heart of Lancaster. Good to know extras: free housing and shared use of affiliate car.
What's in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will have gained new skills and expertise, developed new relationships, and maybe even become a member of a new community.
Requirements to serve at this site:
18 years of age or older
U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
Confirm understanding that this is a full-time volunteer opportunity and that AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance
Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need.
Seeking to put God's love into action, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Our nonprofit organization builds, renovates and repairs homes, as well as revitalizes neighborhoods, throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Once separate Habitat affiliates, Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of Lebanon County consolidated in 2016 so that we could expand our services and reach more people in need of safe, affordable homes.
Like Habitat for Humanity International, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live. We are a Christian ministry that serves people in need, regardless of race or religion. Volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds are welcome to join our mission of ending substandard housing.
443 Fairview Avenue
Lancaster, PA, US 17603
Start and end dates:Start date is flexible
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Stipend provided
International volunteer options:Housing available