Willis Dady Homeless Services Summer Family Programing VISTA 2018 Project Description:
The member will create a summer program for families & clients at Willis Dady. The member will research and establish programs for children and families during the summer months at Willis Dady utilizing volunteers and new partnerships. The member will research agencies in the community that provide services for children during the day and will create partnerships with these agencies to improve Willis Dady's services to children and families. The member will recruit and manage volunteers to assist in developing and executing activities and events for families at Willis Dady. The member will update the Family Programming handbook in relation to the partnerships, volunteers, and management of the summer program they create. The VISTA will design and plan the program with the end in mind so it can be continued and built upon in the future.
Service Experience & Training:
The VISTA will be supervised by a full time staff member. They will meet informally whenever guidance is needed, and formally bi-weekly. The VISTA will complete the volunteer orientation and training within the first 3 days of their arrival and will go over the timeline of their responsibilities while serving. The member will shadow or meet with each staff member during the first two weeks of service to learn about Willis Dady's programs and the role each staff plays. The member will receive training on the overnight volunteering program at Willis Dady and will cover one overnight volunteer shift each week during their service. This will give the member the ability to learn about the cycle of homelessness and better understand the experiences of overnight volunteer partnerships. When the member researches and meets with community agencies that provide summer services to children and families, the member will learn of other ways to serve those experiencing poverty and/or homelessness.
The member will serve at the Willis Dady Shelter, where a full-time staff member will be supervising them. The formal bi-weekly meetings will allow for discussion of ideas, challenges, and review the timeline of tasks assigned. The first week will consist of orientation, training, and the member researching ideal programs and activities for families & children. The member will then use their research to identify programs in the community that could collaborate with Willis Dady to provide services to the children and families. The rest of the month of June will consist of the member reaching out and creating at least three activities per week for future weeks. The member will then relay the information to the clients at Willis Dady. In July the member will recruit long-term volunteers that will assist in executing the activities and events. The last section of the member's time serving will consist of scheduling and establishing activities and events for the month of August that will be carried out by the recruited volunteers. The member will create a handbook consisting of a well-developed plan for the summer opportunities and will create a handbook consisting of a well-developed plan of the summer opportunities and programs at Willis Dady so the program can build and grow in the following years. The tasks will be divided up in weekly time periods so questions can be addressed informally with the supervisor and formally bi-weekly.
We anticipate that the Family Programming VISTA will identify and offer a range of accessible activities to families staying at shelter. Ideally these activities would begin within the month of June and with the help of volunteers would continue until the start of school. The VISTA will recruit and train volunteers to assist with the delivery of activities and will work to create options for families that address different age levels and are free of charge.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Training
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma
High School Graduate
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check