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Main Street Ripley VISTA

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WV Community Development Hub | Ripley, WV
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WV Community Development Hub


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Published 5 months ago

Start Date

July 8, 2019

End Date

July 7, 2020

Schedule

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Support economic opportunity in Jackson County! Main Street Ripley is promoting the full economic potential of the Mill Creek Water Trail as a valuable community resource.

The Mill Creek Water Trail is an ongoing project initiated by Main Street Ripley in 2011 as an economic engine that creates recreational opportunities. The development of Mill Creek Water Trail (MCWT) will bring economic and educational opportunity, while promoting environmental stewardship to Jackson County. The mission of the Friends of Mill Creek is preserving, conserving, and monitoring the health of MCWT while promoting the full economic potential of the water trail as a valuable community resource. This VISTA project will seek to build relationships, grow the organization, and provide a firm foundation and sustainable programming for Jackson County. This will be reflected in the areas of program development for school-aged children, family participation in water trail activities, and in the MCWT county-wide promotions with an emphasis on economic opportunities presented by water trail use.

The VISTA Member will have three goals: (1) to increase volunteer participation with Friends of Mill Creek, (2) to create a 5-year plan for the Friends of Mill Creek, and (3) to achieve 501©3 status for Friends of Mill Creek. The VISTA’s role in volunteer participation will include components of volunteer management, community and stakeholder outreach, and Friends of Mill Creek activity development, enhancement, and promotion. Development of a 5-year plan will include partner outreach, feedback compilation, and materials development. Gaining 501©3 status for Friends of Mill Creek will include research, Friends of Mill Creek meeting facilitation, and required paperwork. The VISTA will be supported in each of these roles by the supervisor and by partners of the Friends of Mill Creek.

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a program of AmeriCorps (think domestic Peace Corps). As a VISTA, you commit to a community service project for one year, full time. In return, you receive a living stipend, non-competitive eligibility status upon completion of service, and the choice between an education or cash award after your service year. [The education award is equal to the maximum Pell grant for the year (currently $6,095) and can be applied toward future schooling or qualifying student debt.] Relocation allowance is provided along with the potential for health care, child care, and more. By committing to a year of service as a VISTA, you'll gain highly marketable skills that you wouldn't get in a regular entry-level job. In addition, you'll build a state-wide network of experts and changemakers (and potential future employers) as well as a vast array of resources and support as you build up your professional development. Most importantly, you spend a year of your life giving back to a community and creating sustainable and lasting change. Check out The Hub's website for more about AmeriCorps VISTA:http://wvhub.org/americorps-vista-program/

Support economic opportunity in Jackson County! Main Street Ripley is promoting the full economic potential of the Mill Creek Water Trail as a valuable community resource.

The Mill Creek Water Trail is an ongoing project initiated by Main…

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  • On-site Location
  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How to Apply

To apply to this position, create an AmeriCorps account. Signing up for this account doesn't commit you to anything and once you've submitted your application, you can expect email communication from us within a couple of weeks. The application will require contact information, skills, interest and motivational statements, and contact information for two references.

To apply to this position, create an AmeriCorps account. Signing up for this account doesn't commit you to anything and once you've submitted your application, you can expect email…

Location

Main Street Ripley office

Ripley, WV

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