National Affordable Housing Network VISTA

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Company Name: 
Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) - AmeriCorps*VISTA
Dates Open: 
Tue, 05/14/2013 - Fri, 06/14/2013

The National Affordable Housing Network (NAHN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to high performance self-help housing and long-term community development projects. NAHN has been a leader in neighborhood revitalization efforts in Butte, Montana for nearly 20 years. By providing critically needed self-help homes, including new construction for veterans, NAHN works to restore stability to neighborhoods in need by supporting families and individuals seeking self-sufficiency through home building and homeownership. NAHN’s high performance homes include passive solar, superinsulation and heat recovery technologies to ensure a level of energy efficiency that greatly reduces the financial burden of utility costs for low-income homeowners living in cold climates.

Member Duties : The goal for this VISTA Project will be to expand NAHN’s volunteer efforts and expand the programs that support NAHN’s mission. The member will expand the Brush with Kindness program by developing partnerships with neighborhood associations and committees to facilitate the development of coordinated action plans for neighborhoods eligible for new housing, neighborhood repair and high-impact painting programs. The member will help further ReStore outreach to the community to expand our in-kind Kind donations. Another focus of the project will be to conduct outreach to veterans and disadvantaged community residents to inform them of NAHB’s program and services available to help them secure and maintain quality affordable housing.

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.

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.

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: 
Butte, MT
FT/PT: 
FT
Wage: 
Modest Stipend
Work Schedule: 
Varies
How to Apply: 
1. This position can be found specifically at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50349&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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