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City of Sioux City, Parks and Recreation

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The AmeriCorps VISTA member will complete an asset base mapping project to determine programming needs, seek funding, build partnerships, establish a volunteer base, develop, implement, and evaluate adapted recreation and sports programs as well as promote programming via social media and other traditional methods. Working closely with a coalition of community partners, the City of Sioux City, and the Department of Public Health, the VISTA member will establish a volunteer management program, increase the communities capacity to offer adaptive sports for people with disabilities, and develop new programs at the Miracle League complex serving the community at large.

Service Activities

The VISTA volunteer will serve people with disabilities who live in Sioux City or in the surrounding communities by helping to build our local capacity for offering adapted and inclusive recreation programming. The position will complete an asset base mapping project to determine programming needs, seek funding, build partnerships, establish a volunteer base, develop, implement, and evaluate adapted recreation and sports programs as well as promote programming via social media and other traditional methods. By providing affordable adapted sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities, who are often living in poverty, we can provide safe physical activity opportunities which will improve their health and quality of life. According to the CDC, over one in five Iowans, nearly 19,000 Sioux City residents, has a disability and people with disabilities are three times more likely to have chronic health conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. This is due to the fact that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, have high blood pressure and be inactive. It is also known that people with disabilities live in poverty at more than twice the rate of people without disabilities. The City of Sioux City would like to address this issue to by offering affordable inclusive and adapted recreation programs.

Community Need Addressed

According to the CDC, over one in five Iowans, nearly 19,000 Sioux City residents, has a disability and people with disabilities are three times more likely to have chronic health conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. This is due to the fact that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, have high blood pressure and be inactive. It is also known that people with disabilities live in poverty at more than twice the rate of people without disabilities. The City of Sioux City would like to address this issue to by offering affordable inclusive and adapted recreation programs.

Position Outcomes

The VISTA volunteer will serve people with disabilities who live in Sioux City or in the surrounding communities by helping to build our local capacity for offering adapted and inclusive recreation programming. The position will complete an asset base mapping project to determine programming needs, seek funding, build partnerships, establish a volunteer base, develop, implement, and evaluate adapted recreation and sports programs as well as promote programming via social media and other traditional methods. By providing affordable adapted sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities, who are often living in poverty, we can provide safe physical activity opportunities which will improve their health and quality of life.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Benefits

College Degree

Course work in related field can substitute a degree program if candidate is still working to obtain degree. 1-3 years of experience recommended but not required.

Skills you will gain

event planning, coalition building, community networking, social and web media, volunteer management, program development

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
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, Turn taking, 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, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
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, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, 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
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Disability, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Associates Degree (AA)
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Local Government Agency
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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