Disability Rights Montana VISTA

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

Disability Rights Montana envisions a society where people with disabilities have equal opportunity and are able to participate fully in community life by exercising choice and self-determination. The Mission of Disability Rights Montana is to protect and advocate for the human, legal, and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities while advancing dignity, equality, and self-determination. Disability Rights Montana seeks a VISTA to increase awareness and funding to enable Disability Rights Montana to expand resources available to those who have been discriminated against on the basis of disability or denied reasonable accommodation by employers. Protecting the right to work for those with disabilities creates the economic opportunities needed to help move them and out of poverty and prevent more disabled people from falling into poverty.

The goal of this project is continued development of a statewide educational and fundraising campaign to promote the legal rights of persons with disabilities and raise funds for Disability Rights Montana using both traditional and electronic media. The campaign will educate those with disabilities about their rights in the work place and available resources as well as educate the community about the rights of disabled people and how to develop inclusive opportunities. This will lead to a decreased stigma about employing persons with disabilities and the development of employment opportunities for disabled Montanans and increase the capacity of Disability Rights Montana to provide services to persons with disabilities facing discrimination.

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: 
Helena, 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=44971&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 15 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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