Opportunity Link VISTA

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

Opportunity Link is a regional nonprofit agency committed to finding systemic ways to reduce poverty and help the communities of Northcentral Montana achieve independence, prosperity and a better way of life. Opportunity Link strives to create and implement strategies and encourage partnerships that will reduce poverty in the region long-term. Opportunity Link devotes resources to promote public-private sector collaborations to develop systemic solutions. The organization was established in partnership with the Northwest Area Foundation which is dedicated to helping communities reduce poverty for the long-term.

The Vibrant Futures project is a HUD-funded sustainable community planning project with an aim to expand the livability of the target communities through local and regional strategies aimed at improving housing conditions and affordability, increasing access to transportation, water infrastructure, access and availability of health care services, and economic development. The VISTA will engage and educate community members in the target communities to ensure that community members have a say in the planning process. This will be accomplished through stakeholder meetings, focus groups, outreach aiming at identifying the immediate needs of the communities so that community planning process can be structured around increased livability through stable housing and increased economic opportunity.

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: 
Havre, 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. Reliable transportation is required.
How to Apply: 
1. This position can be found specifically at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=47685&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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