United Way of Story County focuses on the areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability the building blocks for a good quality of life. Our dedicated team has a strong history of building and fostering partnerships and collaborations that help individuals and families succeed.
We understand that in order to create a strong community, all individuals and families must first meet their basic needs: a safe place to live, access to food, and reliable transportation. Sadly, these are not realities for all of our neighbors. Despite low unemployment rates in our area more families than ever are struggling to meet their basic needs.
We understand that individuals and families must be equipped with the skills and resources to help move them toward self-sufficiency, including job training, financial education, and coaching. Past efforts have included financial education and coaching for at-risk women through the Women United program but more could be done to support all low income families. Of special interest for this year of service is gaining an understanding of job training/placement needs of low income families, availability of local job skills training programs and access to employment that provides a livable wage for families in our community.
The AmeriCorps VISTA will help identify, assess, build and expand programs that provide free tax preparation for low income workers, financial education/coaching, and job skills/training leading to successful employment. The VISTA Income Specialist will be an integral part of this work by coordinating an effort to identify existing resources for, and the unmet needs of, the low-income community; increase community awareness; and seek effective solutions. We seek an outgoing individual who has the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, understands how to communicate effectively with a variety of different stakeholders and exhibits a passion for wanting to help make poverty history.
Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas :
Hunger , Community Outreach , Homelessness , Community and Economic Development , Housing . Skills :
Public Speaking , Recruitment , General Skills , Writing/Editing , Social Services , Community Organization , Communications , Team Work , Computers/Technology .