BY KATHRYN RYAN, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, THE HUB
Want to empower communities in West Virginia?
If you’re like me, you see the resilience, the creativity, and the willingness that communities across West Virginia have to improve our state and make our home the type of place where anyone would want to live, work, and play.
Sometimes though, community volunteer groups need support in visioning are creating plans to carry out the visions that they have for their community.
The Hub is looking for a Community Empowerment VISTA to help build some of our newest programs that offer just such support (See the application!). This can be any individual who’s willing to commit one year to serve their community as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA).
AmeriCorps VISTAs are paid a bi-weekly living stipend for one year of full-time volunteering with a nonprofit or government entity. After their year of service, they have the option to receive a cash stipend or an education award, which can go toward future schooling or qualifying student debt. VISTAs also receive Non-Competitive Eligibility status, meaning they’re shown preference for any federal job they may apply for within a year after their year of VISTA service. AmeriCorps also offers possible benefits like relocation allowance, settling in allowance, free professional development trainings and courses, health care, child care, and more.
Based out of The Hub’s Charleston office, the Community Empowerment VISTA will serve participating communities across West Virginia to drive the change they want to see in their communities. Through research, event planning and coordination, curriculum-building, and grant writing, the VISTA will build the capacity of The Hub’s community empowerment programs to provide trainings and tools that will support community-driven economic development. From addressing abandoned and dilapidated properties to supporting community-led initiatives for building strong communities and economies, this VISTA project will provide a foundation on which The Hub can support local communities and officials in building strategies for visible and trackable community improvement – improvement that will increase the economic opportunity needed to pull people out of poverty. All of this will be done with the support of The Hub and it’s partners.
If you’re interested in spending a year empowering West Virginia’s communities while building highly marketable skills and experience, apply to this VISTA position today!
Have more questions about what exactly it means to be a VISTA? Reach out to me, the Hub’s VISTA Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our Becoming a VISTA webpage. If you want more details about this VISTA position itself and what these community empowerment programs look like, reach out to the position’s supervisor, Taylor Bennet at email@example.com. Know someone who’s passionate about empowering West Virginia communities? Share this post with them!