City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: July 9, 2009
Volunteers In Service To America
VISTA program comes to Goodyear
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (July 9, 2009) Goodyear and AmeriCorps VISTA are looking for:
· High school grads looking for 'real world' experience before going on to college
· College students and grads in search of a meaningful hiatus
· Retirees hoping to contribute to their community or explore new ones
· Men and women considering a career change
· Individuals who know they are ready to make a difference in this world
AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program, is recruiting 15 volunteers to work on neighborhood issues and public safety leadership programs in Goodyear, Arizona.
VISTA volunteers will help establish and expand existing programs in the areas of housing, neighborhoods, fire and police, emergency response, grants, research and volunteer efforts. Some VISTA teams will begin working with the city later this summer; others will begin this fall.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, able to devote their full-time efforts to the program, and willing to commit to a one-year term of service. They receive a small stipend to cover basic living expenses. After completing the year of service, volunteers can also choose between an education award of more than $4,700 to pay down student loans or a $1,200 End-of-Service-Stipend.
There are openings for 15 volunteers in six areas:
Public Safety VISTA Leader (1)
Public Safety Coordinators
* School Resource Officer (1)
* Neighborhood Response Unit (1)
* VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) (1)
* Faith-based and nonprofits (1)
* Reporting and strategic planning (1)
Citizen Corps Council Coordinator (1)
Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinator
* Inventory of community needs (2)
* Coordinate neighborhood projects (1)
* Junior Achievement & Mayor's Education projects (1)
* Community Development Block Grant Coordinator ? (1)
* Graffiti abatement program (1)
* Coordinate with County and HUD program (1)
Hydration Station Coordinator ? (1)
Detailed descriptions of each volunteer position are posted on Goodyear's website, www.goodyearaz.gov. Click on VISTA Volunteers in Goodyear to learn more.
To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA and to apply for a program, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/programs/americorps_vista.asp.
VISTA Volunteer programs are ideal for high school graduates interested in taking a year off before going to college, or college students/graduates in search of a meaningful hiatus. Retirees looking to contribute to their community or hoping to explore new communities will also find VISTA programs of interest. Hands-on experience offered through these volunteer positions offers an appealing transition option for men and women considering avenues to a career change that do not require more time in school and costly tuition.
The VISTA projects in Goodyear emphasize disaster preparedness, literacy, leadership and youth development. The VISTA leader will be an ambassador, facilitator, educator, liaison, mentor and recruiter.
Vista Volunteers assigned to Code Enforcement and Neighborhood Services will work with homeowner associations and neighborhood alliances on special projects such as playground repair, beautifying common areas, removing graffiti, and dealing with green pools. Some will work with Goodyear's Fire and Police departments to expand existing volunteer programs, develop databases, plans, annual budgets and reports, establish a Fire Corps volunteer effort, assist with projects, and work with local nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Others will partner with the county and state to implement neighborhood stabilization programs.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Program in Goodyear is paid for by the Corporation for National and Community Services. The Corporation awarded federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to Goodyear to cover the costs of bringing in the VISTA volunteers, estimated at more than $300,000 for one year.
VISTA stands for Volunteers In Service To America. This domestic program is similar in concept to the Peace Corps. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.