Community Support Center VISTA

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Company Name: 
Montana Legal Services Association - AmeriCorps
Dates Open: 
Thu, 05/02/2013 - Fri, 06/07/2013

The Center currently offers support to clients through several programs. The Center has a Safe House in which women and their children can find a confidential safe haven against their attacker. A safe motel is provided for men in similar cases. The Center staff also acts as victim witnesses in accompanying clients to court, medical facilities, and police stations; assisting in the preparation of parenting plans and marriage dissolution's; documenting photos and testimony of crimes; offering personal advocacy; and offering researched information and referrals. The Center established the Golden Citizens program specific to meet the needs of community elders, including abuse. Additional CSC services include: prevention services, parenting and educational services for families, preventive health services within the domestic violence program, and violence prevention programs for school-age children, family violence public awareness campaigns, peer counseling with respect to family violence, referrals to community social services, health care services, legal advocacy assistance, and emergency transportation and financial assistance. The Center seeks a VISTA member to collaborate with other organizations and community members to increase awareness of these issues.

The goal of the VISTA project is to build capacity through awareness and online resources and collaborate with community members and organizations to mobilize community members to actively participate in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. The VISTA member will expand the information available to the community and survivors of domestic violence through the development of a "hub" website to aggregate all the resources and information available within the community. The member will also develop and implement a social media campaign and other materials to raise awareness of the Center's services and build community support. The member will collaborate with community organizations to recruit volunteers to participate in awareness events and continue with the development of resources for survivors.

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.

Montana Legal Services Association has been an AmeriCorps intermediary for over 20 years. We are currently recruiting for 15 VISTA members.

What VISTA Members Do

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you'll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

We would encourage the interested candidates to please visit the AmeriCorps website http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp for your review. This site also has the detailed information about the AmeriCorps VISTA programs.

NOTE: The official process of application is through AmeriCorps Website, please follow the following instructions:

Benefits: 
Living allowance, approximately $800-$900 per month · Medical Care allowance, up to $1600 per year · Relocation stipend for relocation for more than 50 miles (limited coverage) · Childcare allowance up to $400 per month, payment directly to the childcare provider (strict guidelines to qualify) · Educational Award $5550 or End of Service award $1500.
Location: 
Dillon, MT
FT/PT: 
FT
Work Schedule: 
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year. The positions are a 24/7 365 day commitment and outside employment is not allowed . Hours are generally M-F 9-5 with occasional evening and weekend work although that is not guaranteed.
How to Apply: 
1. This position can be found specifically at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=45113&fromSearch=true OR 1. Visit the website; http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp 2. On the right side of the screen Select "Montana" for the state you want to serve in 3. Select the red "Search" button 4. There are fifteen Montana Legal Services Association AmeriCorps*VISTA positions 5. Click on the postings you are interested in and there will be an overview of the job as well as a red "Apply Now" button for those who are interested.
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