Our VISTAs build capacity at a variety of partner agencies across the state of Maine. All VISTAs are under the umbrella of the Goodwill VISTA Project based in Portland, ME. There are 30-40 VISTA members at any given time. Although member responsibilities vary from site to site, all VISTAs are required to attend a pre-service orientation, write monthly reports, attend all required trainings and follow out the activities as outlined in their site’s VAD.
Goodwill VISTA Partnership members serve in Capacity-Building, Community and Economic Development , Homelessness , Public Safety, Health , Community Outreach , Education, Housing, and Food Security, to name a few areas.
Community Need Addressed
Goodwill VISTA partnership members serve within Maine communities across the state, from Portland to Bangor to Aroostook County. Members serve with non-profits and partner agencies in order to help their communities combat food insecurity, addiction, financial barriers, and other poverty related roadblocks.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England serves Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont and has some big goals. The overarching goal for the organization is to be instrumental in moving 10,000 people out of poverty and into stability over the course of the next 10 years. The Goodwill VISTA Partnership will be one of many parts of Goodwill focused on this ambitious goal.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Training
Professional development, Community Connections, a broader network.
Skills you will gain
cultural competency, grant writing, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, volunteer recruitment and management, etc.
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment