Volunteer Outreach & Direct Service Volunteer, Barre

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Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, Vermont

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps).  The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape.  VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

Mission:  To support Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice

Vision:      A world where aging is honored

Central Vermont Council on Aging is the leading expert and advocate in healthy aging for central Vermonters. We respect the wishes of aging persons to age at home, remain healthy, and stay active and connected to the communities they know and love.

Essential Functions:

  • Build community partnerships and capacity: work with organizations to grow a network of local supports for elders in the community
  • Engage volunteers: recruit volunteers through outreach, including traditional and social media, presentations to community partners, and other public events. Volunteers are needed for the provision of on-going assistance as well as one-time activities 
  • Provide in-home services: provide short-term (2-3 visits) assistance with household tasks, grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments and community engagements and friendly visits
  • Participate in the continued creation of a viable data system to better measure our area of need and to capture our volunteer outcomes 
  • Develop skills in leadership and human services: by participating in trainings, teamwork, community service learning, supervision and meetings with CVCOA staff
  • Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps
  • Participate in VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives
  • Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities

Marginal Functions:

• Introduce volunteers and elders who have been matched: facilitate initial meeting between elders and volunteers to make both parties comfortable with match to help ensure its success
• Coordinate group volunteer activities: recruit volunteers, schedule date of activity, provide necessary materials and/or tools, and oversee the project
• Organize and track service related data: provide monthly updates regarding community contacts and volunteers

Desired Qualifications:

• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a Human Services organization
• Good organizational skills
• Ability to work in a shared office space
• Provide own transportation, with the ability to travel within 54 town service area; driver's license and auto liability insurance
• Ability to perform in-home services; ability to lift 20- 25 pounds
• Clear reports on the following background checks: Vermont Child and Adult Abuse Registry, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Vermont Criminal Information Center, Vermont Fingerprint Authorization Certificate, National Sex Offender Registry and Office of Inspector General fraud exclusion registry

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be US citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation or 17 years of age with written parental permission that has been verified by phone
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards a GED as part of the service-term.  A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps
  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program’s ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way

Additional Information:

Service Conditions:  Service is performed in a shared office setting, with times out of the office for meeting with community partners, volunteer recruitment and matching or performing direct services at home sites.

Position begins September 10th, 2018 and ends August 9th, 2019.

This position is Full Time: Requires 1,700 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 48 weeks.   Member will receive a living allowance of $20,400 (pre-tax), and an education award of $5,920 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.  Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

To Apply: Fill out an online application HERE 

For questions about this position or to send additional materials:

Sarah Semler, Volunteer Coordinator CVCOA

59 N. Main St., Suite 200 Barre, Vermont 05641

802-476-0151

ssemler [at] cvcoa.org

Application deadline: August 24th, 2018

Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) is sponsoring this AmeriCorps position through their AmeriCorps Program. VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Positions are open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, religion or creed.