IRC Baltimore: Economic Empowerment Family Mentor VISTA



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


3503 North Charles Street
United States


The following position is a one year (November 2017-November 2018) AmeriCorps VISTA position at the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore City and sponsored by Strong City Baltimore. The global mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to respond to the world's worst humanitarian crises and help people to survive and rebuild their lives. In Baltimore, the IRC resettles newly arrived refugees and provides them with the opportunities and resources they need to succeed in their new community.

Build resources to help Baltimore refugee families become economically independent! The goal of this proposed project is to promote the economic independence of newly arrived refugees by building employment and financial resources.

The VISTA will:

  1. Develop childcare resources and networks to serve refugee parents. Train IRC staff to access developed resources and networks. 
  2. Research career paths accessible to refugees in the Baltimore area. Build a library of Career Path Documents to be accessed by IRC Employment staff and clients for years to come. 
  3. Improve financial literacy and financial access by updating IRC financial literacy materials and supporting financial literacy programming including trainings and opening bank accounts. Sustain the progress made by the first-year VISTA with respect to bank orientation.   

In addition, the incoming VISTA will sustain the progress made by the first-year VISTA with respect to bank orientation. These activities contribute to the overall goal of the project, which is to empower refugees by helping them access financial services and giving them the tools they need to make informed financial decisions. 

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is not a job per se, but a full time national service opportunity. Benefits include: living allowance, relocation and child care assistance if eligible, health allowance, monthly travel reimbursement, choice of an education award or cash stipend, and non-competitive eligibility for federal employment upon completion. Preferred candidates will be at least 18 years of age, demonstrate relevant experience for the position, and exhibit professionalism, commitment to service, and leadership potential.

Strong City’s mission is to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people. For more than four decades, Strong City has secured the resources of VISTA members to build sustainable change and fight poverty in our neighborhoods. Strong City-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a solid foundation of skills they can use as a springboard for careers in government, nonprofits, education, and much more.

For more information, please contact Azure Grimes, VISTA Leader, at or (410) 387-0088. 


Stipend Provided

Training Provided

How To Apply

To apply please visit Strong City Baltimore's Website:

Application Deadline: October 16, 2017

Pre-Service Orientation:  November 14-17, 2017 (non-negotiable)

Start Date: November 27, 2017 (non-negotiable)