CCNYPA Slippery Rock University's Butler Coalition VISTA
The primary focus of this VISTA project is to create the
structure for a interagency, cross-sector approach with the goal of
maximizing organizational resources and leveraging assets across
organizations to more effectively and efficiently meet immediate
needs of persons experiencing poverty and develop a shared vision
for removing barriers/root causes for poverty in Butler County. In
addition, this project will offer best practices, training and
technical assistance to build the capacity of the individual
government, educational, faith-based and nonprofit organizations
which currently address poverty-related issues experienced by
Butler County residents. Financial literacy and stability, housing,
food security, educational attainment, job readiness (including job
training, soft skills training, mental health support), child care,
and sustained employment are among the service delivery areas
offered by human service organizations across the county. This
project also seeks to leverage, through direct and indirect
service, the intellectual and human capital available through
Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and students to build
capacity of organizations involved in the Anti-Poverty Coalition.
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Member Duties : The VISTA assigned to this Institute for
Nonprofit Leadership initiative will 1) Conduct research on
concerns and best practices regarding anti-poverty initiatives 2)
Develop a comprehensive inventory/database that
identifies/describes anti-poverty initiatives of the government,
nonprofit, faith-based, education and private sector organizations
across Butler County. 3) Design the structure for, recruit
participation and manage the Butler County Anti-Poverty Coalition
that will identify and act on the root causes of poverty across
Butler County. The Coalition will coordinate cross-sector
meetings/training programs, working groups, funding, anti-poverty
community calendar, stigma reduction activities, and civic
engagement designed to benefit those living in poverty.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance , Education award upon
successful completion of service , Health Coverage* , Choice of
Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Childcare assistance if
eligible , Training , On and Off Campus resources , Living
Permits working at another job during off hours , Car
recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours .
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development , Health , Community Outreach
, Education .
Writing/Editing , Public Health , Education , Community
Organization , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Social Services ,
Non-Profit Management , Communications , Team Work , Leadership ,
Counseling , Public Speaking , General Skills , Recruitment .