SerVermont - GMEDC, 4-Town Coalition Coordinator - #197401
Date: 04/08/2021 18:31 PM
City: White River Junction, Vermont
Contract type: Full Time
Work schedule: Full Day
SerVermont - GMEDC, 4-Town Coalition Coordinator
This VISTA position is hosted by the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) to support the 4-Town Coalition. The 4-Town Coalition is a grassroots community development initiative formed in 2019 during a community engagement process between the rural towns of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge. The Coalition is supported by and coordinates with the four town governments, but operates independently to address community issues across municipal boundaries. The Coalition consists of volunteer committees that work to alleviate poverty and increase quality of life for all residents by addressing affordable housing, boosting employment opportunities and workforce development, improving food access and food system resilience, and protecting the working landscape including recreation opportunities and natural resources. GMEDC, one of Vermont's 12 Regional Development Corporations, is an IRS 501c (6) that works collaboratively with Federal and Vermont governmental agencies and 30 town governments to improve the cultural and economic conditions for the residents in southern Orange County and Windsor County Vermont. Many towns in this region have high populations of low and moderate-income families. In response, GMEDC assists individuals, community groups, and businesses to meet housing, childcare, healthcare, education, permitting, employment and financial needs. GMEDC has been an active partner in the 4-Town Coalition since its inception and is involved in additional community development activities in the immediate vicinity of the 4-Town area. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.
Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA member will play a key role as "backbone" support to the collaborative work of the Coalition in its efforts to expand affordable housing, boost employment opportunities, improve food security, and promote the working landscape and community wellbeing. Specifically, the VISTA will: coordinate and facilitate Coalition meetings, establish communications channels to share the work of the Coalition with the town governments and the community, engage new volunteers and new partner organizations, research case studies relevant to Coalition projects, and explore long-term organizational structure options. The issues that the Coalition's current groups are working on were selected as priorities in the 2019 community engagement process to alleviate poverty and increase the quality of life for all community members. Building the Coalition's capacity & sustainability will also ensure that future economic development in the area is equitable & community driven.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Living Allowance , Health Coverage* , Training , Relocation Allowance .
Car recommended , Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours .
Service Areas :
Housing , Environment , Neighborhood Revitalization , Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Hunger .
Non-Profit Management , Writing/Editing , Team Work , Computers/Technology , Community Organization , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Communications .