Rural Employment Opportunities VISTA

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

Rural Employment Opportunities (REO) helps limited income Montanans access education, jobs, and training that will lead to year-round employment, improved income and increase family economic security. We encourage self-awareness and empowerment, we provide access to resources and opportunities and we advocate on behalf of these individuals and families. REO is launching this statewide cooperative network project to help increase economic security for limited-income Montana individuals and families by addressing jobs, asset acquisition and community engagement. Potential activities could include: leadership development, organizing and education, development of job cooperatives, including self employment or microenterprise, and asset development through matched savings programs.

The VISTA project will focus on building and sustaining cooperative networks of low-income individuals/families living in multiple Montana communities or regions. Nearly one of three Montanans live in poverty or "near poverty." This is largely due to the lack of liveable-wage jobs and isolation from community resources and opportunities. By networking individuals/families in this situation, REO will be able to assist individuals/families, through a self-help model, to: plan, locate resources, identify and create opportunities for employment or enterprise (small business) and increase levels of household net worth. In year three, REO seeks to: organize and launch four new local WECAN networks, implement a fundraising plan to raise up to $50,000 in project funds, integrate services and outreach to Veterans and recruit additional advisory board members.

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: 
What Benefits VISTA Members Receive 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. Reliable transportation is required.
How to Apply: 
1. This position can be found specifically at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=47769&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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