NeighborLink was fortunately awarded three AmeriCorps VISTA positions recently through the Corporation for National and Community Service. What is the AmeriCorps VISTA program you ask? AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of their organization. Projects can vary from developing outreach and marketing campaigns, building a social media presence, creating a program database, managing a program in its first year, and recruiting volunteers. Click here to watch a brief video on the benefits on being part of AmeriCorps.
We are currently recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA members for two volunteer mobilization coordinator positions and one community relations and research coordinator position. This gives NeighborLink the ability to increase our capacity while we grow as an organization, provide some phenomenal benefits to post-graduate candidates who may need a bit of space to figure out what is right for their career trajectory, and to evaluate new program areas.
The right candidates will be passionate about serving their community in a real and tangible way.
Below is more information on each of the positions we are looking to fill by mid-June:
Community Relations & Research Coordinator
Housing and community are vital attributes to an engaged and flourishing neighborhood, and there is a need in five Fort Wayne neighborhoods to tackle the community-identified housing stability issues through strategic research, planning, and convening. NeighborLink’s collective volunteer mobilization experience of tackling projects few want to do has shown us these systemic issues that aren’t being addressed through traditional economic initiatives. The VISTA member will collect qualitative data within these neighborhoods through neighbor interactions, coordinating/attending neighborhood association meetings, & phone calls. Quantitive data will be collected by completing surveys, online research, collecting shared research from partner organizations, and hosting/leading neighborhood beautification or tangible projects efforts that engage homeowners. The VISTA member will primarily work with our Executive Director & Community Relations Coordinator to increase our research outreach.
Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator
Since 2003, NeighborLink volunteers have completed over 10,000 home repair projects for vulnerable, fixed and low-income neighbors in Allen County. Volunteers come to NeighborLink from churches, civic groups, businesses, neighborhoods, or family units. VISTA members will build capacity by recruiting new volunteer groups/communities through public outreach efforts such as events, expos, phone calls and networking, coordinate group volunteer experiences that includes project management, securing resources, and ensuring satisfaction. They will help connect new volunteers to projects on the website that align with their skills/desires, and increase social connectivity with existing NeighborLink volunteers via phone calls, e-mails, and leading projects. The VISTAs will primarily work with the Executive Director and Director of Volunteer Mobilization and will be given the needed resources to successfully complete their job.
To get more information on each specific opportunity listing on the AmeriCorps website check out the links below:
If you have any questions about the program, benefits, duties, please reach out to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.