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Quixote Village Community Connection Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA)

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Greater South Sound VISTA Team

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Join AmeriCorps VISTA - Dedicate a Year of Service to ending homelessness with Quixote Village in Olympia, WA!

Apply: http://tiny.cc/quixotevista
Applications close October 23, 2020.
The Year of Service begins Dec 7, 2020 and concludes in December 2021. Please contact smcwilliams@unitedway-thurston.org with any questions about this position.

Quixote Village We are a tiny home village that offers communal living, rich peer mentorship, and support to formerly homeless community members in Thurston County, Washington. We strongly believe at Quixote Village that everyone deserves safe and affordable housing. Our organization works side-by-side with residents to help them reach their individual goals and to connect them with various community services. Our houses are economically efficient, costing less than half of what it costs to build the average apartment. We also leave a smaller footprint with our simple, 144 square-foot homes. But the most rewarding part of it all is that our residents are no longer homeless. Housing is a primary need, first and foremost. Once residents are housed, they are then able to work on other aspects of their lives such as education, employment, substance use, physical health and mental health. This is no easy feat. Our residents are resilient survivors and we see their successes here every day.

AmeriCorps VISTA 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.
Quixote Village’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project This project aims to identify and leverage the resources needed for Quixote Village to support the residents in remaining housed and making progress as they move out of their previous life living unsheltered in Thurston County. The VISTA will build capacity for Quixote Village to recruit, coordinate, track and acknowledge donors and volunteers. This will improve access to and availability of basic necessities, build a stronger community by developing regular resident events and increase the financial stability of the organization. By building the necessary tools, the VISTA will create systems to improve the services Quixote Village provides and thrive in our purpose long-term.
Stipend & Benefits for AmeriCorps VISTA Members 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.

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About Greater South Sound VISTA Team

Location:

3525 7th Ave SW, 201, Olympia, WA 98502, US

Mission Statement

Serve Your Community. Start Your Career. Join the Greater South Sound VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Team.

Description

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.

Community
Crisis Support
Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

3350 Mottman Rd SWOlympiaOlympia, WA 98502

(47.0696,-122.952)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • This is a year long, full time commitment. Most VISTAs serve 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

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