Blight Program VISTA

City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA

About the organization

The City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Team is a group of AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinated by the City of Memphis. Our mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. We work throughout Memphis to end poverty through capacity building and innovation. Our team is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, that engages over 5,000 people in service with AmeriCorps VISTA every year. Our members have been retired persons, mid-life career changers, recent graduates, and everything in between.​

We tackle poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Memphis. City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Members expand economic & affordable housing opportunities and increase workforce development in economically disadvantaged communities.

Duties

The City of Memphis Mayor’s “Better Memphis Anti-Poverty Plan” includes a component for Blight Elimination which is overseen by the newly created Public Service Corps (PSC). This program offers part-time work to men and women to help clean up our city, while at the same time getting them enrolled in one of our local technical or community colleges by utilizing the Tennessee Promise program. The participants strive to rise out of homelessness and poverty for a better life. The VISTA project goal is to strengthen organizational capacity and increase operational resources directed toward promoting individuals out of homelessness and poverty through anti-blight awareness, education, job skills, and employment. This will include establishing new partnerships and enhancing collaboration with existing partners. The VISTA will be involved with establishing a pool of volunteer from the business community to assist with service delivery.

Establish an effective anti-blight awareness outreach strategy in alignment with Mayor’s “Better Memphis Anti-Poverty Plan” targeting beneficiaries within impoverished areas affected by blight. Establish a comprehensive anti-blight awareness marketing and communications plan that will educate the community about blight and neighborhood improvement. Improve and/or expand upon anti-blight awareness community outreach and educational initiatives accompanied by standard operating procedures for future execution.

Qualifications

-Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
-Pass a national service criminal history check
-Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Salary

$513.94 bi-weekly

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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