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: To build the capacity of community outreach and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to serve more El Pasoans in need. The Community Development Liaison will focus on neighborhood outreach strategies to promote the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and ancillary services such as youth activities and the GECU food pantry.
Assess the current GECU outreach strategies and begin to develop new outreach strategies to promote the VITA program and other GECU Foundation services.
- Research best practices for outreach on tax assistance programs.
- Work with Director and Marketing team to develop outreach materials and develop outreach strategy plan.
- Develop a plan for recruiting and training volunteers to assist with outreach efforts and implementing youth activities at the community center.
- Develop a list of potential events that GECU can set up a table at to promote the VITA program and other GECU Foundation services.
Build the capacity of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program by working with volunteers and site staff to ensure programs are running smoothly and have all of the operation materials needed.
- Coordinate with existing VITA sites to learn schedules and individual needs.
- Coordinate with existing GECU Volunteer Coordinator to offer continual assistance with needed materials, supplies and volunteers for VITA sites.
- Serve as the Tax Site Coordinator for the GECU community center and ensure operations year-round.
- 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
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.