ReStore Development VISTA 2022-23
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Recruiting Organization: Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc.
Summer 2022 or open until filled
For one year, you can get paid to build sustainable solutions in a community, gain valuable hands on experience and prepare for your future. This full-time AmeriCorps service position offers a great opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of others while building your own knowledge and skillset.
AmeriCorps VISTA members are Volunteers in Service to America who perform indirect service to build capacity and sustainability solutions. The AmeriCorps VISTA leaders program is only open to members who have completed at least one year of full-time service with AmeriCorps or Peace Corps.
What will you do?
Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.
The ReStore development VISTA member researches and implements best practices for standard ReStore operating policies. This could look like marketing the store to community members and donors, developing or enhancing a volunteer program, evaluating the impact of the store within the community or developing ReStore business processes. Each project development is created in a sustainable manner to continue beyond your service.
*Research, develop and implement a ReStore-specific volunteer recruitment, orientation, training and recognition plan that increases the amount of repeat volunteers serving in the ReStore.
*Research, develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies/materials designed to increase visibility of the ReStore in the community and increase purchases and donations.
*Research, develop and implement new or updated ReStore procedures and policies to be in line with standard ReStore operating procedures that have been identified as best practices.
This position will focus on brand management and ReStore aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.
Where will you serve?
Located just outside of Washington DC, Habitat Metro Maryland works in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties to build homes, serve families, and transform lives. Celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2022, members serving at our affiliate will have innumerable opportunities to explore historical sites, bike along the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) canal, visit museums, attend sporting events for the Nationals, Washington Wizards, or Washington Commanders and access world-famous colleges.
While Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties are some of the most affluent, fastest growing communities in the nation, thousands of residents live in substandard housing. Housing costs have sky-rocketed, while income growth in many jobs has remained the same--making the dream of homeownership almost impossible for low-income families. This drives our organization to seek out new and creative ways to build affordable housing through partnerships with local governments, faith communities, and fellow nonprofits.
AmeriCorps members are an important part of our team as they will help grow our ability to serve more families. Habitat Metro Maryland offers an amazing opportunity to meet new people, explore the National Capital area, and lay the groundwork to build transformational affordable housing through service. In addition to the standard benefits, our AmeriCorps members receive a housing assistance stipend of at least $250/month as well as stipends for training. Learn more about our organization and mission at www.habitatmm.org.
Benefits of AmeriCorps service
*Annual living allowance of $24,119.20.
* Segal Education Award of $6,495, upon successful completion of service.
*Health benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
*Ten personal and 10 medical leave days.
*Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
* Child care benefits, if you qualify.
*Noncompetitive eligibility status for federal employment for one year after successful completion of service.
*Relocation travel assistance for members relocating more than 50 miles to serve.
Applicants must hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens or is a person residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Applicants must be at least 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED.
*Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
*Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
*Strong written and verbal communication skills.
*Strong research skills.
*Detail oriented and highly organized.
*Experience working as a member of a team.
*Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
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Fee Amount: None
This opportunity is recurring
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