(PITTSBURGH) March 27, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is seeking four qualified year-round AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to support his servePGH program. These positions will involve management and hands-on work on a number of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, ranging from reducing blight to mentoring youths to providing fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods. Applications will be accepted until April 30th, 2013, or until the positions are filled.
“One reason why servePGH has been so successful is the level of commitment to service these AmeriCorps VISTA members have shown, and I’m excited to continue this opportunity,” Ravenstahl said. “They will work closely with City departments and local organizations on programs that engage citizen volunteers to help tackle Pittsburgh’s greatest challenges, and further fuel our city’s Third Renaissance.”
Full-time applications are being accepted for a Youth Service Associate, Community Engagement Associate, Neighborhood Service Associate and Civic Engagement Associate. These associates will serve full-time in the Mayor’s Office of Service and Civic Engagement (servePGH) for one year, beginning July 2013. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization. The four available positions were made possible through a successful application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, strong written and oral presentation skills, experience in project management, and commitment to collaboration and problem solving. A basic living allowance of $946 per month, a $5,550 education award or a $1,500 end-of-service stipend upon completion of a year of service, and basic health coverage is provided by the CNCS.
Within the past two years, VISTA members in the Mayor’s Office have been extremely successful. Their work has helped servePGH grown from five to 10 robust service plans tackling high-priority City challenges. To date, servePGH has engaged 3,700 volunteers in 32,000 hours of service, revitalized over 600 City blocks, removed 35,600 pounds of litter from City streets, and weatherized and repaired over 70 homes of veteran, senior and disabled residents.
To view additional requirements and to find out how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, click here. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30.
More than 50,000 citizens are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Pennsylvania. The 3,400 AmeriCorps members alone have recruited nearly 62,000 volunteers, tutored or mentored more than 110,000 disadvantaged children and youth, provide more than 2,330,530 hours of service valued at over $49 million dollars and raise more than $27 million dollars in cash or in-kind resources.
Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act's historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.
ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687