Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) is a national service program, similar to PeaceCorps, except all members are placed at locations within the United States. AmeriCorps VISTA members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at a local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time, one-year terms and are paid $513 on a bi-weekly basis. After a full year of service as a VISTA, members are eligible to receive a $6,195 Education Award to go towards high education tuition or student loans. VISTA members are also eligible to receive health care benefits, childcare benefits, defer student loans during their service, and gain non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.
The United Way of El Paso County is an independent, locally governed and community-supported nonprofit agency that is focused on identifying and making a measurable change in four areas: Education, Basic Needs, Health and Financial Stability through funding, advocacy, creating collaborative partnerships, and developing volunteer resources. The organization, which has been in El Paso for more than 95 years, focuses on creating long-term, lasting change to make El Paso a better community for everyone. United Way also serves as the manager/fiscal agent for the city, county and state employee campaigns.
Goal of the Project: United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) strives to expand the impact of community health by supporting efforts to provide ancillary services and connection to public benefits for UWEPC program participants. The Health Access Coordinator VISTA will work with AmeriCorps Resource Navigators and Family Resiliency Navigators to ensure that both program participants have access to and knowledge of SNAP, WIC and other public health benefit programs. The goal of the VISTA is to increase the amount of participants at the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC) and UWEPC's Parents As Teachers (PAT) program who enroll in SNAP, WIC and healthy eating programs, through trainings and creation of supplemental communications to navigators.
Conduct research on SNAP and WIC enrollment requirements and methods to assist FRC and PAT participants in enrollment.
Conduct research on SNAP and WIC programs and requirements to enroll.
Research best practices and methods for training individuals on how to enroll clients in SNAP/WIC.
Create a training for navigators on requirements and process for SNAP/WIC enrollment.
Conduct training with FRC and PAT navigators.
Track the number of FRC and PAT participants that are able to successfully enroll in WIC/SNAP and create a report for use by UWEPC as a resource to gain additional stakeholders.
Create a survey, complimentary to the AmeriCorps Planning Survey, to gather information from participants on public benefits access, barriers and current knowledge on requirements to qualify.
Following the training and implementation of SNAP/WIC programs for FRC and PAT navigators, create and implement a follow up survey to see if number of participants enrolled in SNAP/WIC has increased.
Create a report based on findings from the original and updated survey to track effectiveness of trainings for navigators and any additional barriers that may have come up for participants when enrolling in SNAP/WIC.
Research local programs available to FRC and PAT participants that offer low to no-cost healthy eating/active living education.
Conduct research on local programs that offer healthy eating/active living educational services for low to no-cost and identify requirements for eligibility.
Gather or create communication materials on available programs for use by FRC and PAT navigators.
If possible, plan group events for PAT and FRC participants to promote healthy eating/active living.
Must be a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien
Must be at least 18 years of age on or before August 1, 2020
Must be able to pass a background check upon start of service
Must be able to communicate proficiently in English; Spanish language skills preferred
Must possess a high school diploma or GED
Associates Degree or some college experience preferred
Must maintain a valid driver's license, insurance and vehicle
LIVING ALLOWANCE AND BENEFITS
AmeriCorps Members will receive (upon successful completion of program requirements):
A living allowance of $515.08 every two weeks.
Upon completion of a full year of service (12 months), the VISTA will have the option to receive an education award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1,800)
A health insurance plan and SNAP eligibility
Eligible AmeriCorps VISTA Members may apply to receive childcare benefits
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
Mission-Focused: Catalyze others' commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
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