Bennington Area HFH - VISTA - Volunteer Services Development


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Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017


PO Box 1159Manchester, VT 05254


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Bennington Area HFH

Volunteer Services Development

Bennington Area HFH is seeking a Volunteer Services Development VISTA who will develop, document and implement a plan for volunteer recruitment, tracking, scheduling and recognition in order to increase the number of volunteers that serve with the affiliate, as well as to improve the overall volunteer experience so as to encourage volunteers to return.

Member Activities Include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Develop and document a volunteer training plan that will ensure all volunteers have the skills needed to perform their roles successfully.
  4. Develop and document a system or process to evaluate a volunteer’s performance where mutual feedback can be given.
  5. Develop and document a process where the affiliate can continuously identify volunteers that can be cultivated into leadership roles.
  6. 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 and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
  • Personal vehicle required
  • Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel), Power Point, Publisher, Internet Research.
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Public speaking experience preferred.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized. Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Experience working with volunteers or group facilitation experience helpful.
  • Experience working as a member of a team helpful.
  • Ability to complete the reporting and timesheet requirements of the AmeriCorps program in a timely, accurate and thorough manner.

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 - Go to website to see if your loan would qualify)
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

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.

What’s needed to apply?
Resume (tell us about your experience)
Motivation Statement (this essay gives you the opportunity to express why you want to serve)

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

About Habitat:

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. Habitat for Humanity has an Administrative Headquarters based in Atlanta, an Operational Headquarters based in Americus, Georgia, and Area Office bases of operations in Manila, Philippines for our Asia and Pacific work, San Jose, Costa Rica for our Latin American and Caribbean work and Bratislava, Slovakia for our Europe, the Middle East and Africa work.

Habitat for Humanity engages people of all ages and backgrounds in addressing community needs.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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