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Community Education

La Puente Home, Inc.
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The purpose of the Community Coordinator is to build the capacity of La Puente to lower the rate of homelessness in the San Luis Valley by increasing education, soliciting community involvement, and utilizing volunteers to address the needs of those living in poverty. The Community Coordinator accomplishes this through implementing community events, presentations, and publications. The Community Coordinator will be responsible for directly engaging the communities of the San Luis Valley with La Puente’s mission and will serve as a community liaison for client representation.

Service Activities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Coordinate community events to raise community awareness and recruit volunteers
• Coordinate fundraisers for specific projects/services (food for the food bank, furniture for Adelante Houses, etc.)
• Document events through photography and/or videography
• Make community presentations about the mission and service of La Puente and how to become involved
• Produce story and photo journals, and other publications to share the mission of La Puente and AmeriCorps
• Send out public service announcements about La Puente volunteer and partnership opportunities
• Find new and creative ways to coordinate events and volunteer opportunities
• Keep contact with volunteers
• Promote events on social media sites
• Give tours of all the La Puente programs
• Write and distribute thank you cards for volunteers
• Find new and interesting ways to share La Puente’s mission and story
• Directly communicates and meets with clients to interview and document their stories
• Creates a clear understanding of the impact of La Puente’s work with both community and staff members
• Assists other AmeriCorps members and La Puente team members with organizational storytelling processes
• Serves closely with the Community Education Director to maintain and update website language
• Engages community and organizational involvement in the La Puente branding process
• Actively visits La Puente service sites to document AmeriCorps service and client stories through photography and other mediums
• Learns day-to-day operations of other La Puente programs by visiting and spending time with other service sites to adequately convey organizational mission and value

Community Need Addressed

The Community Coordinator will be responsible for directly engaging the communities of the San Luis Valley with La Puente’s mission and will serve as a community liaison for client representation.

Position Outcomes

To create and foster relationships and continue to educate others about La Puente and the purpose that it serves.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance

Education Benefits

GED/High School Diploma

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, 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
Derive consensus, 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
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
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
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, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
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, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community Development Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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