Hello West Virginia!
In this newsletter we are happy to share some great things happening through our AmeriCorps network in the state, including upcoming training and networking opportunities, featured AmeriCorps programs, job openings in National Service and MORE!
We hope this newsletter inspires you to Stay engaged with AmeriCorps, Be Kind, #VolunteerWV!
AmeriCorps West Virginia is having its annual conference in October.
During this conference, AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to learn more about AmeriCorps and how they can make a difference in their community. New AmeriCorps members will be given the chance to become familiar with serving with AmeriCorps West Virginia.
This year's theme is AmeriCorps Family Reunion. The conference will be held in person this year at the Civic Center. This is a two day event that offers plenty of trainings and chances to meet new people.
Be on the lookout for upcoming information about the conference and registration.
Featured AmeriCorps Program: Tygart Valley United Way
Tygart Valley United Way focuses on the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. They are devoted to bringing together people to create innovated solutions to complex issues and are devoted to improving lives throughout the counties they serve in and West Virginia as a whole.
The five counties are Marion, Randolph, Taylor, Barbour, and Tucker counties.
For anyone wanting to make a difference, Tygart Valley United Way has a new Flipside AmeriCorps program that provides unique opportunities for any individual dedicated to improving the community.
Learn more about the AmeriCorps program,
AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Olivia Sokos
Graduating college can be stressful. The world is filled with many possibilities, and it can get overwhelming sometimes. This was an issue that Olivia Sokos faced. She had considered going to law school, but needed time to think about the three-year commitment, so she decided to take a gap year and help her community through AmeriCorps.
She heard about the opportunity while she was with a Peace Corps prep program that West Virginia University offered students. It wasn’t long until she found her a position as a VISTA with the Education Resource Center at the NASA Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility.
During her time with AmeriCorps, she had been given the opportunity to grow her confidence and help figure out where she wants to go with her life next. She has been helping children in the foster care system graduate high school and consider possibilities afterwards. This experience has been meaningful, and she would do it all over again if she could.
Hear more about Olivia’s story here.
Careers in Service
Sprouting Farms is HIRING:
Sprouting Farms is a non-profit and education center that is dedicated to supporting beginning farms and growing food in the community. Joining the production team will allow a person to learn all the ins and outs of growing produce on a farm. The farm has a variety of education experience to share with anyone who is interested in local food systems.
The AmeriCorps Member is responsible for managing mobile markets in Monroe and Summers county. They are to manage the farm's community outreach events and the social media. The job also entitles assisting production teams and the Farm Manager and Executive Director.
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is HIRING:
PAWV was formed in 1982 and is dedicated to historic preservation in the Mountain State. The organization and its members are devoted to preserving West Virginia's unique cultural heritage for generations.
PAWV is seeking a full-time Preservation Manager who enjoys helping people and can fulfill the responsibilities needed. The focus will be primarily on Preserve WV AmeriCorps program. They will work closely with the executive director and be responsible for hands-on historic preservation projects.
The organization is looking for someone who can assist with recruiting and interviewing of candidates and assist with administrative tasks. They are to oversee member and site performance, as well as participate and co-lead virtual AmeriCorps monthly meetings.
LifeBridge is HIRING:
Lifebridge AmeriCorps is a nonprofit that is devoted to helping improve school and job readiness, academic achievement, and much more. It is a full time AmeriCorps program.
They are looking for a full time LifeBridge AmeriCorps Associate Director to assist with recruitment, interviewing, and more with AmeriCorps members. They need someone to maintain documentation and assist with research and development.
It is preferred that the applicant has a bachelor's degree in a Human Services related field and needs a background in National Service Programs.
Randolph Together is HIRING:
Randolph Together is looking for a HubCAP Coordinator that will support the efforts of the Elkins HubCAP team. This member will support the collaborative efforts of the organization. The VISTA's efforts will help move people out of poverty by supporting the development of project goals.
Some college is recommended for this position, and it is a full time position. Randolph Together is accepting applications until December 15, 2022.
To learn more about this position and apply, click here.
AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity: American Red Cross West Virginia Recruitment VISTA
The American Red Cross VISTA Project will focus on program development and capacity building of the organization's recruitment, engagement, and retention of volunteers. The VISTA will also be required to build a strong network of community partners and resources to better serve people who are impacted by a disaster. The American Red Cross VISTA program will engage 8 AmeriCorps VISTA positions in Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown (2), Parkersburg, and Wheeling between the spring of 2022 and the spring of 2023.
The members duties include identifying and implementing effective recruitment strategies, facilitating presentations to increase volunteer capacity and Red Cross visibility within service areas, make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and enhancement, and support the staff and volunteers in their duties.
The American Red Cross is accepting applications till August 28, 2022. If you are interested in learning more about this position, click here.
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