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ORGANIZATION: Epilepsy Foundation New England

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Community Health Worker - AmeriCorps Member (Greater Boston, Worcester)

Epilepsy Foundation New England

Boston, MA

Remote and in-person

What are EFNE AmeriCorps members made of? Compassion. Determination. Hope. Join us today!

Position Description

Do you have a passion for making a difference, helping people, enhancing your career and professional skills, and a sense of adventure? You may have what it takes to become a Community Health Worker through AmeriCorps.

Epilepsy Foundation New England is seeking AmeriCorps members who have a passion for serving - for helping children and adults who live with epilepsy across New England. We have positions supporting greater Boston and Worcester, MA.

This role involves helping those who live with epilepsy connect with community resources and assisting them in navigating health care, and identifying social and community support systems and resources. You build skills, experience, and street credentials as a Community Health Worker (CHW) in the process. In addition, after the program, you will become a Certified Community Health Worker.

EFNE Community Health Workers will lead the Epilepsy Resource Room: a space where patients can seek information on living with epilepsy and be connected through referrals for age appropriate EFNE and hospital programs and resources. The CHW’s primary goals will be to increase health knowledge for patients and families affected by epilepsy. The 11 month service program starts August - September 2022 . CHW’s will build capacity in community outreach and volunteer recruitment.

Host Sites

  • Beth Israel Lahey
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Medical Center - Adult or Pediatric Clinic
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - Adult or Pediatric Clinic
  • Mass General Brigham
  • UMass Memorial Hospital

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide active listening, support, and coaching to patients on life changes that support health and wellness
  • Building community among patients by developing and implementing new and existing youth programs
  • Connecting patients to EFNE, hospital, and community resources and running educational trainings/conferences
  • Arranging inpatient support and/or recreational programs
  • Assist in new initiative such as participating in interventions such as depression, telehealth, resource referrals, and back to school support
  • Mentoring patients and connecting them to community resources
  • Implementing community outreach by maintaining presence and education
  • Maintaining a library of helpful literature while assisting hospital staff with site-specific needs to improve support

Specialties:

  • Support groups and Outreach
  • Care Management and 1-on-1 support
  • Financial Assistance Requests

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Full time members will serve for 11 months, at an average of 40 hours per week from now - July 2023. They will receive a living allowance of $22,500, and up to $6495 Segal Educational Award once service is complete. The MA Health Corps Program is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve to enhance the quality of life for people living with epilepsy.

Requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States
  • Strong communication skills
  • Passion for working with diverse populations
  • Motivation and aptitude for outreach and networking
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other commitments in a sustainable way
  • Ability and desire to work in fast-paced, entrepreneurial, team-oriented culture and deadline-sensitive environment
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Proven project management abilities
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor

Preferable Skills:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diverse populations, including people with disabilities and/or epilepsy
  • Experience as a volunteer in any capacity

Position Benefits:

  • Living allowance of $22,500, on a biweekly stipend
  • Education award of $6495 upon completion of service
  • Free healthcare coverage
  • Free childcare
  • Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
  • Nationwide Alumni network
  • A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues - potential to make a lifelong connection
  • Permits working other jobs during off hours
  • Learned skills: leadership, recruitment, teamwork, communications, education, public speaking, community organization, social work, teaching, mentoring

Terms of Service:

  • Position start/end date: August 2022 - July 2023
  • Service commitment will average 40 hours per week, generally performed Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm, with some weekend and evening scheduled with notice

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a rolling basis and the position with be open until filled, therefore we urge you to apply as soon possible. In your cover letter, please be sure to explain your interest in the mission of Epilepsy Foundation New England and any service of volunteering or working with diverse populations and/or people with epilepsy. Questions, please contact Peter Fish pfish@epilepsynewengland.org or call 413 429-1884.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.

Epilepsy Foundation New England will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Epilepsy Foundation New England welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

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About Epilepsy Foundation New England

Location:

650 Suffolk St., Suite 405, Lowell, MA 01854, US

Mission Statement

Epilepsy Foundation New England aims to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures.

Description

Epilepsy Foundation New England is an independent nonprofit organization serving MA, RI, ME, and NH. For more than three decades, Epilepsy Foundation New England has made a difference for people with epilepsy and their families by helping them make decisions and take actions regarding their health care, daily activities, employment, and community participation. The Foundation engages the community in epilepsy awareness and educational programs, developing support networks, and advocacy to influence public policy.

If you are interested in volunteering with our organization, please fill out our application: http://bit.ly/2hRKymE

Please note that at this time, we are unable to accept volunteers looking to fulfill court-ordered community service hours.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Community, Health & Medicine, People with Disabilities

WHEN

Wed Aug 17, 2022 - Tue Nov 15, 2022
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

WHERE

Multiple locations Lowell, MA 01854

(42.64603,-71.36462)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Life Coaching
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • • Position start/end date: August 2022 - July 2023 • Service commitment will average 40 hours per week, generally performed Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm, with some weekend and evening scheduled with notice

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