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VISTA Service Opportunities Still Available

May 22, 2014

AC-VISTA.jpgFor nearly three decades, the Initiative Foundation has helped Central Minnesota people build and sustain thriving communities. For more than a dozen years, we have partnered with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and placed VISTA members in our communities to help improve the lives and situations of people experiencing poverty.

The following host sites are still actively looking for VISTA members to begin in August (recruited by mid-June) who can help serve their organization and community. Click any of the links to learn more or to apply.

St. Cloud Area

Catholic Charities Emergency Services: Help advance efforts to reach those in need by developing our Mobile Food Shelf project.

Goodwill-Easter Seals: Help bridge gaps in services for military members and their families in the greater St. Cloud area.

Great River Area Faith in Action: VISTA member needed for new Central Minnesota project. Become a part of a dynamic team doing project development.

Brainerd Area

Brainerd-Baxter Youth Center - The Shop: Join the PC’s for People Youth Project in creating opportunities for at-risk teenagers to explore and create IT skills and career development within the high-tech sectors.

Crow Wing County Community Services: Help develop an automated system to increase the capacity of low-income individuals to improve the conditions of their own lives by remaining active on the needed assistance for which they qualify.

Crow Wing County Housing Redevelopment Authority: Work on a public relations campaign, a redevelopment project and the development of a failed subdivision.

Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project: Help expand LARJP's capacity to use the restorative practice of mediation to address community conflicts.

Additional Central Minnesota Locations

Great River Family Promise, Elk River: Support families experiencing homelessness by helping our organization grow its volunteer base and expand our community partners.

Howard Lake - Waverly-Winsted School District, Howard Lake: Help young children birth through 5 years old by increasing access to quality early educational experiences and services.

Initiative Foundation, Little Falls - VISTA LEADER POSITION: The Initiative Foundation is the sponsoring organization for 18 VISTA positions across Central Minnesota. Each site's VISTA project is unique yet all build capacity for fighting poverty with passion.

Mille Lacs County Community & Veterans Services, Milaca: Help individuals and families reach and sustain financial stability by working to identify and eliminate barriers within the application process and increase awareness of available resources.

Seven County Senior Federation, Mora: Use your skills to expand services to members and potential members. A coordinated message using current technology is needed to promote our wide variety of services.

Visit the VISTA page and browse the tabs to learn more, or contact Amanda Whittemore, VISTA program associate, at awhittemore(at)ifound.org or (320) 631-2009.

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