The Program & the Impact:
United Way of King County is seeking 10 determined, passionate, energetic problem solvers to commit to 1 year of service with the United Way Benefits Hub AmeriCorps VISTA Team.
This team will accelerate the impact of United Way’s work to lift 50,000 people out of poverty. Education is a proven strategy to help people exit poverty, and nearly one-half of all students seeking higher education attend community college. Unfortunately, fewer than half those students actually finish their degree, certificate, and apprenticeship programs. Many are forced to drop out because they can’t afford basic needs like food, housing, and healthcare along with the costs of tuition and other school supplies.
Benefits Hub VISTAs will increase access to services and resources that help students meet their basic needs so that they can persist and complete their educational pathway. Although many resources exist to support students, they are scattered across campus and the community, making it difficult for students to access them. This team will increase the presence of centralized services on campus and lead outreach to ensure students are aware of available resources. They will develop partnerships with on-campus and community-based organizations to holistically support educational attainment for low-income students.
Your Role & What You Will Learn
You will serve either individually or in pairs at the following community colleges: Bellevue, Green River, Highline, North Seattle, Renton Tech, Seattle Central, Shoreline, and South Seattle.
Develop strategies to increase food security for the 25-33% of students who are food insecure.
Develop or expand on-campus food pantries
Pilot additional programs which may include grocery assistance programs, on-campus EBT expansion, and other benefits
Develop partnerships with community-based organizations to establish on-campus opportunities that help students increase their income. These opportunities include:
Financial education and coaching
Financial aid access including FAFSA and WASFA
Free tax assistance
Additional public benefits and financial products and tools
Evaluate additional student needs to assess gaps in housing, food security, and other basic needs. This information will guide future program development.
Benefits Hub VISTAs will meet as a team at least monthly to participate in high-quality training and professional development, networking opportunities, service projects, and reflection. Our members become part of an extensive nonprofit network with access to excellent resources and learning opportunities. While gaining valuable professional skills and experience, our team works together to change communities and improve lives.
Benefits of joining the team:
Living allowance of $1,466 (pretax)
Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
ORCA LIFT card
$5,815 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion
10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
Professional work experience
In-service training, skill-building and professional development
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
Passionate social justice advocate driven to end poverty in our region
Cultural humility and experience working with diverse populations
Flexibility! Ability to manage multiple tasks of competing priorities, doing what it takes to get things done in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker ready to contribute to systems change in supporting low-income students
Eager to take initiative and step into a leadership role
Second language skill is highly desirable
Experience in a community college setting a plus
Must be at least 18 years of age
Must be a US citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the US; F1 Visas are not sufficient
Must be available 40 hours a week for 5 days a week from February 26, 2018 through March 1, 2019
Follow http://bit.ly/2tTBzZl to submit a resume and a cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of filling these positions by December 22. Please submit application materials as soon as possible for consideration, as we will begin interviews immediately. People of color are encouraged to apply.