AmeriCorps VISTAs are placed through the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas at service sites across Texas. Each VISTA serves full-time for one year at their placement site with at our partner agencies. This position is placed with our partner Blackland CDC in Austin, Texas.
BCDC was founded to end the blighted conditions of the long neglected and underserved Blackland neighborhood of Austin, Texas, as well as mitigate the displacement of its affordable housing resulting from UT-Austin expansion and gentrification. BCDC operates 48 units of affordable housing in the neighborhood, including permanent supportive housing, senior housing, and housing for formerly homeless families and disabled individuals. Although currently going through a transition, the Blackland neighborhood has historically been, and still remains, a majority community of low-income African Americans. BCDC households comprise approximately ¼ of the neighborhood’s residents. In addition to low-income housing, BCDC operates an array of projects and programs that increase economic and income stability, as well as remove access barriers to critical services such as healthcare, for the Blackland community. BCDC’s African American Behavioral Health Resource Center is an initiative that will use outreach and education to reduce health disproportionalities and disparities among Blackland’s African American residents. It is a new initiative in collaboration with Austin Clubhouse that will offer outreach and educational services, as well as direct financial assistance for treatment, targeted at reducing these disproportionalities and disparities around behavioral health. It will be comprised of a range of health education and promotion services that target improved overall health and wellness, while placing a special focus on identifying behavioral health issues, removing the stigma associated with mental illness, and expand the availability of and access to culturally sensitive behavioral health interventions.
BCDC’s VISTA Volunteer and Special Initiatives Coordinator will support the capacity building efforts of the organization by recruiting and managing volunteer efforts in three important BCDC programs: Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes, and Professional Support Program. Americorps/Vista Volunteer and Special Initiatives Coordinator will work closely with the BCDC CEO, Operations Manager, and Family Support Manager to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies, conduct outreach and engagement to providers and program participants, organize and manage BCDC events, and develop and manage lists/databases of volunteers and project participants. BCDC is looking for a driven, motivated, self-directed member who can really dive in and help shape this position.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance
professional development and network building
Less than High School Completed
Subject to criminal background check