Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will be seeking one qualified AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) member to support the Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership, a servePGH initiative that repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers. The Veteran’s Service Associate will develop and coordinate the Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership and will serve full time for one year, beginning February 2012.
“We are happy to bring on another AmeriCorps VISTA member to assist our focus on volunteer and community service opportunities,” said Ravenstahl. “During these difficult economic times, we welcome the dedication of VISTA members and acknowledge the importance of their service.”
The position was made possible through a successful application to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) AmeriCorps VISTA program, and the VISTA member will commit to serve full-time for one year. The VISTA will be based in the Mayor’s Office of Service and Civic Engagement and will have the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government; community organizing; cross sector partnership building; and neighborhood revitalization.
“The VISTA member will work with the City’s Chief Service Officer to honor the commitment I was proud to make on September 10, 2009 when I signed on as a member of the Cities of Service coalition and committed the City to engaging more residents in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address Pittsburgh’s most pressing challenges,” said Ravenstahl.
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 $927 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.
To view additional requirements and to find out how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, click here. Applications will be accepted until November 28, 2011, or until the position is filled.
Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable residents’ homes, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, and more. Over 800 volunteers have committed 11,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov.
About Cities of Service
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
AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.