United Way Geauga has been selected, along with 20 other United Way’s across the country, as part of a National Service project. United Way is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA which is a full-time volunteer (with stipend) position. The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate who has a commitment to working in a nonprofit organization and a passion for helping others. This position will allow United Way to effectively continue the work that is needed to move the people in this community toward self-sufficiency.
“We recognize that 25% of our residents struggle to fulfill basic needs such as food, clothing and housing and are committed to connecting individuals and families to programs and services that help lead this population towards financial stability,” states Kimm Leininger, Executive Director, United Way Services of Geauga County. “United Way is attempting to create a path out of poverty by investing in programs that provide case management to help individuals overcome barriers that keep them from working or advancing within the workplace. We are looking at things in a whole new way by talking to Geauga employers to find the most effective solutions to attract, support and retain a local workforce. For families to be financially stable, it takes a longer term plan that includes obtaining employment and building career pathways,” says Leininger.
AmeriCorps VISTA, in collaboration with our team and dozens of community partners that serve economically disadvantaged and at risk individuals and families, will develop and expand the Geauga Income Collaborative’s (GIC) Bridges2Work program, an effort to connect under-resourced individuals to educational opportunities as well as connect them to local employers who are in need of trained employees. The VISTA will also help address poverty in our community by engaging volunteers in solutions that increase the financial stability of local residents and collaborate on the development of a reentry program serving the county jail.
For VISTA position description and to apply please click HERE.