Over 164,600 individuals in our tri-county area (44%) are struggling or unable to afford basic needs including food, housing, clothing, transportation, health care, and child care. Over 70% of these individuals are likely employed, but don’t have the income to cover their expenses and don’t qualify for assistance. The more we unite community resources to support United Way of the Piedmont’s collective impact strategies, community impact fund, and engagement opportunities, the closer we come to ensuring that Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union County residents have the opportunity to thrive. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you have the power to make a big impact in our local community. The VISTA will build the capacity and expand programming that increase financial stability for low-income residents. In particular, the VISTA will support the following programs: • Workforce development for unemployed and underemployed, including construction training and social enterprise for homeless individuals • Transportation to work • Mission United (veteran initiative) • VITA (free tax prep) The VISTA will help United Way of the Piedmont better understand the current needs and services, identify barriers and gaps, research best practices that increase impact, leverage resources, and increase community engagement in financial stability efforts. United Way of the Piedmont employee culture is one of service, kindness, and resourcefulness. This is a great opportunity for someone to join a small, collaborative, supportive team, working intelligently, individually, and diligently. A successful VISTA candidate is flexible, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and emotionally intelligent.
OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES
All applications should be submitted through: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=87492&fromSearch=true
Member Duties : In coordination with the Director of Financial Stability Strategy, and in collaboration with United Way staff, specific VISTA responsibilities include: (1) Program Assessment: evaluating the effectiveness of the individual programs as well as the collective portfolio of programs, focusing primarily on the constructing training program. (2) Service Mapping: identifying geographical service gaps. (3) Research: identify best practices and make recommendations for improved program effectiveness, focusing primarily on social enterprise for the homeless. (4) Volunteer Recruitment: ensure programs have access to volunteers to expand and sustain programming, focusing primarily on VITA and Mission United. (5) Resource Development: help research and develop strategies to leverage financial support of programs, focusing primarily on transportation to work and the construction training program.
Desirable, But Not Required
Bi-lingual - Spanish preferred
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.