CityWide Community Development VISTA 2021

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

CityWide Community Development VISTA 2021 CityWide has been engaged in southwest and northwest Dayton neighborhoods for years, in partnership with major stakeholders and residents. For the last two years, a VISTA has been engaged on a project supporting asset-building and food access work in these neighborhoods, helping to build capacity in communities to manage sustainable initiatives. Some of this work is concluding as we reach the end of Year 2; a few aspects of the work will be continued as part of this new project, due to work delays caused by COVID. The VISTA member would increase healthy food access by building capacity for existing programs that either are still working toward becoming self-sufficient or have become dormant and need support restarting. The VISTA will continue a partnership with a solar garden that, because of COVID impacts, still needs support recruiting new volunteers and developing a long-term plan for sale/distribution of produce grown. They will also help to support re-engaging with dormant community gardens by building a volunteer base, identifying needed resources, and working to create a plan for sustainable operation. Increasing the capacity of both programs will ensure that residents have easy access to multiple different types of affordable and healthy food options. Furthermore, the VISTA member will work to expand financial literacy and related services to two groups of residents: public housing residents and residents in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) housing and may be eligible for homeownership in the future. The VISTA member will continue the work of a current VISTA project supporting public housing residents: because of COVID impacts, the current VISTA had to pivot focus to building capacity for more immediate supports, like rental assistance, than the longer-term interventions. With LIHTC residents, they will begin data collection and identify partners who can provide financial literacy and planning resources with a goal of eventual home ownership. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here. Member Duties : The VISTA will execute Research and Analysis; Outreach and Marketing; Partnership Development; Volunteer Recruitment; Research and analyze LIHTC resident financial needs; developing list of key priorities; Research best practice case studies for each different facet of the VISTA project; Develop set of recommendations focused on addressing financial literacy needs in community; Develop recommendations for year-round growing plan for solar garden; Develop outreach tools for both financial literacy workshops and gardens; Develop new financial literacy partners and implement series of financial literacy workshops; Develop sustainability plan for programming and sites; Research and pursue funding opportunities to support programs; Recruit volunteers to support Edgemont Solar Garden and community gardens growing operations and Develop orientation curriculum. Program Benefits : Health Coverage* , Living Allowance , Relocation Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Education award upon successful completion of service . Terms : Permits attendance at school during off hours , Car recommended , Permits working at another job during off hours . Service Areas : Community and Economic Development . Skills : Fund raising/Grant Writing , Writing/Editing , General Skills , Communications , Recruitment , Community Organization .

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