MercyCorps Northwest

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Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  –   08/15/2022

Historic Parkrose, located in Portland, Oregon, strengthens community vibrancy through equity and economic opportunity. Our community is an urban neighborhood on Northeast Portland’s urban fringe. The VISTA member placed at our agency will continue assisting the development of flexible pathways for houseless and housing-insecure residents to reach income stability. AmeriCorps VISTA members perform only indirect service; interaction with clients will be limited and the member will spend the majority of his or her time in an office setting. However, the Historic Parkrose VISTA will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by engaging business, nonprofit, youth, resident, and houseless stakeholders to devise district-level solutions to help houseless and housing-insecure residents out of poverty. The member will create documents and internal processes to systematically train volunteers and gather input from district stakeholders, and recruit partners for a network of collaborating service providers. Finally, the VISTA will help establish a series of career discovery and new job readiness workshops for low-income youth of color. As a Historic Parkrose VISTA, you will be part of a larger cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA members coordinated by Mercy Corps Northwest. Early applications strongly encouraged. Selections for this role are made on a rolling basis.

Member Duties : As a VISTA member at Historic Parkrose you will help end poverty by expanding programs for houseless residents and youth of color to access basic needs and workforce support services. Major functions will include coordinating training for volunteers to conduct houseless outreach, supporting district-wide forums focused on local houselessness and poverty reduction strategies, and creation of career readiness workshops for low-income youth. VISTAs serve their communities through indirect service. While the programs you will develop will endure for years you will have limited interaction with our clients and be based in an office setting.
 
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Housing ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community Outreach ,  Housing ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Social Services ,  Education ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development ,  Recruitment ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing 

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