Year of Service with AmeriCorps VISTA Start Date: Dec 7, 2020 End Date: Dec 7, 2021 Apply here: http://tiny.cc/SouthSoundYMCAVISTA * Applications close October 23
The VISTA member will have opportunities for development in both technical skills and leadership competencies, and will build organizational capacity through service activities related to fundraising, communications, and outreach. They will support our fundraising work by researching and applying for new funding opportunities and working directly with volunteers to implement best practices for effective annual fundraising. By increasing fundraising capacity, they will ensure the financial resources necessary to offer free and reduced-price programs to all individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay. Communications activities will increase the efficiency and reach of our marketing and communications efforts by creating new automated systems and strategies for reaching out into underserved communities within our service area. With this service activity, the VISTA member will fight poverty by connecting marginalized communities to program and employment opportunities.
South Sound YMCA: The Sound YMCA has over 125 years of experience working with youth and families in our region. Our programs typically include community health and recreation programs at 2 YMCA branches, 33 school-based childcare sites, and robust youth sports and day-camp programs. We are the largest provider of youth programs in our area. Each year, hundreds of thousands of dollars are distributed in financial aid to families and individuals who cannot afford membership fees. When schools closed in March due to COVID-19, the Y quickly pivoted to provide childcare for essential workers. We offered free care for essential workers, and first responders, and increased the amount of financial aid distributed. During this time, 80% of students received free or reduced cost child care. Our mission is to provide youth and our community an affordable and accessible resource for the positive development of spirit, mind, and body through recreational, health, and leadership programs. As an employer, the Y is a place to belong. We value personal and professional development through training and coaching opportunities. We understand that looking at program development and community outreach through a lens of equity and social justice is critical to ensuring our ability to foster healthy communities and meet our overall mission. For this reason, the South Sound Y is currently making significant investments in an organization-wide evaluation and training opportunity focused on our goal of becoming a more equitable and anti-racist organization. As we move through this work, we anticipate shifts in the population of individuals served, programs offered, and the way in which we reach out in the community. The Advancement Department supports this work through strategic community outreach including fundraising activities, marketing and communications, and volunteer development. In doing so, this small, supportive group works with staff in all areas of our organization, as well as volunteers and community partners throughout the region. Departmental goals in the coming year include the successful launch of a new YMCA facility in Shelton, evaluation and restructuring of our annual fundraising plan to meet current community need, and evaluation of current communication systems with focuses on both administrative efficiency and equity/access.
AmeriCorps is the only federal agency for community service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps provides resources and people power to organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program entirely focused on anti-poverty projects. When you join the AmeriCorps VISTA program, you become part of a nationwide network of people and organizations that are committed to ending poverty. The role of AmeriCorps VISTA Members is to: 1) Coordinate the involvement of community members in the design of the project, 2) Improve reach, scale, efficiency, and/or effectiveness of the project, 3) Leverage new resources for the project (such as volunteers, monetary donations, knowledge, and in kind donations), 4) Make the project sustainable in the long term.
Our local VISTA team is the Greater South Sound VISTA Team. We are a program of United Way of Thurston County that helps organizations like Quixote Village host AmeriCorps VISTA members. As a member of the Greater South Sound VISTA Team, you will be part of a cohort of 19 other VISTA members and supported by the VISTA Leader, who coordinates professional development opportunities, provides individualized support and resources, and supports your project’s success. Stipend & Benefits: Stipend: Receive $513.94 (pre-tax) every 2 weeks Choice of $6,195 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or approximately $1,800 cash stipend Healthcare Childcare assistance if eligible Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment or deferment on qualified student loans Comprehensive leave benefit (20 days of paid leave) High-quality training, orientation, and professional development Team experience and networking as part of United Way and AmeriCorps Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA benefits at https://www.vistacampus.gov/members/benefits-of-service.
Serve Your Community. Start Your Career. Join the Greater South Sound VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Team.
Greater South Sound VISTAs serve in the offices of our region’s public and nonprofit agencies, guided by the four Key Principles of VISTA Service: End Poverty, Build Capacity, Empower Communities, and Create Sustainable Solutions. Our Host Sites (the agencies hosting VISTAs) are spread across the Greater South Sound region, not only in Thurston County but also in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, Jefferson, and Clallam Counties.
We’re looking for applicants of all ages, from all backgrounds, who are passionate about social justice and economic equity, self motivated, and team oriented. With VISTA, you choose where you submit your application - select the Host Sites that you’re the most passionate about. Each Host Site creates an individualized VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) to plan out the VISTA’s upcoming Year of Service, so each VISTA position is unique. Some VADs involve being out in the community regularly, whereas others might involve a lot of time in the office analyzing data or designing a website. Sample responsibilities listed in recent VADs include: developing trainings for food bank volunteers, revising policies for a shelter, creating a public awareness campaign to prevent human trafficking, writing grants for a free childcare program, and more.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
2102 Carriage St SWOlympia, WA98502
October 14, 2020
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
This is a year long, full time commitment (Dec 7, 2020 - Dec 7, 2021). Most VISTAs serve M-F 9-5.