This unique VISTA position is a collaboration between Elizabethtown College's Center for Civic Engagement and Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) to create a stable and thriving community. ECHOS began in 2016 in recognition of a community need to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Elizabethtown area.
ECHOS originated as a local winter shelter hosted at a community church and has recently grown into an housing case management/advocacy and prevention agency providing emergency shelter, direct services, housing related supports, and employing Rapid Rehousing interventions.
The mission of ECHOS is to mobilize communities that provide services that prevent and alleviate poverty and empower stability in our neighbors. The VISTA will develop and implement an expanded multi-community homeless service program with long-term supports, streamline access to social and financial capacity and develop a volunteer base focused on emergency shelter and housing interventions.
These focus areas build long-term solutions to existing anti-poverty programs by expanding community partnership and offering education to strengthen community networks of agencies and resources. The VISTA's role collaborates with ECHOS by helping with community outreach and coordination for the Winter Shelter, and work to develop volunteer base and engage students from Elizabethtown College's Center for Civic Engagement in the Winter Shelter. Campus Compact of New York and Pennsylvania VISTAs (CCNYPA*VISTAs) are part of a VISTA cohort of 40 members placed at higher ed. institutions across PA and NY to build campus-community partnerships. Professional development opportunities, including specialized workshops and retreats, and support to the VISTA cohort will be provided throughout the year of service.
Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended . Service Areas :
Health , Housing , Homelessness , Hunger , Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach . Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur , Team Work , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Counseling , Community Organization , General Skills , Leadership , Writing/Editing , Non-Profit Management , Communications , Conflict Resolution , Computers/Technology , Social Services , Public Speaking .