Mercy Corps NW seeks dedicated applicants from all walks of life to join a cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA members to begin service in February, 2018.
Mercy Corps NW VISTAs oversee projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through financial education, job skills training, microenterprise, financial asset development, food security, and nutrition education. They perform indirect service, working behind the scenes on projects such as volunteer recruitment, program development, and grant writing. While the programs VISTAs develop endure for years VISTAs have limited interaction with clients and generally be based in a typical office setting. However, VISTA offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in implementing a program—skills highly desired by employers.
Please note that Portland-based positions are extremely competitive. Applicants are encouraged to consider applying to positions throughout the state. Our VISTA host sites are located in both rural and urban areas. Please note that in some cases, more rural sites may require that you have reliable transportation. Since VISTA has unique benefits and requirements, prospective applicants are advised to review our FAQ’s on our VISTA program located here. Pay and benefit information is located in the FAQ’s.
Applicants must submit an application through the links provided in the header of each position. No other application materials will be accepted.
NeighborImpact, located in Bend, Oregon, supports people, strengthens communities and is dedicated to building a region where residents have knowledge, skills, and access to resources. The community in which we serve is a rapidly growing suburban and rural region. The VISTA member placed at the agency will assist in developing an asset integration program, which aims to facilitate the integration of asset building services into other NeighborImpact departments, while increasing the visibility of the asset building programs within the community. NeighborImpact’s VISTA will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by building capacity through a continuum of services designed to meet clients where they are, with the goal of helping them build wealth, improve their standard of living, and better overcome emergencies.
WSCAT, located in Warm Springs, Oregon, promotes community development by empowering individuals and groups of people to realize their potential, become self-reliant, and affect positive change for themselves, their families, and their community. The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, home of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, covers 1,000 miles in rural Wasco and Jefferson counties. The VISTA member placed at our agency will assist in developing a Small Business Promotion Project, a program that promotes entrepreneurship for low-income individuals on the reservation. The VISTA will also assist in increasing enrollment and participation in programs promoting entrepreneurship and small business development, including a small business incubator, artisans’ cooperative, outdoor market, and youth programming.
Transition Projects, located in Portland, Oregon, helps people transition from homelessness to housing. Our community is a large metropolitan urban area that encompasses three counties, and it is one of the most rent-burdened communities in the country. The VISTA member placed at our agency will assist in developing tenant education program Rent Well, which help people experiencing homelessness overcome barriers to finding affordable housing.
Meals on Wheels People, located in Portland Oregon, enriches the lives of seniors and assists them in maintaining independence by making nutritious food, social contact and other resources easily accessible. To the extent possible we also serve disabled and institutionalized individuals and other nutritionally at-risk populations. Our community spans across Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and serves clients in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout the three counties. The VISTA member will assist in developing a volunteer outreach and training program for our Senior and Meals 4 Kids programs. These programs reduce poverty by changing the generational nature of hunger through the provision of nutritious food to low-income children and families, enabling clients to focus on health, job skills development, and employment.
Human Solutions, located in Portland, Oregon, creates pathways out of poverty by providing emergency shelter, employment, housing, eviction prevention, and resident services programs. Our community is located in the heart of urban East Multnomah County where the highest rate of poverty is. The VISTA member placed at our agency by assisting in Shelter Resource and Services Access a program that links vital services to families experiencing homelessness. The Human Solutions VISTA will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by identifying and coordinating services and resources for families living at a shelter that houses on average over 130 people per night; organizing regular resource or services fairs; creating and streamlining better data collection and reporting systems; coordinating donations.
The Arc of Multnomah Clackamas, located in Portland Oregon, provides advocacy, support, and services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The VISTA member placed at this agency will assist in the development of the Donation Attendant Employment Program, which provides job readiness skills and job placement of Donation Attendants who receive donations from the public. The Employment Coordinator will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by developing a funding plan to develop training sites where the adults will receive “hands on” training. They will develop marketing and program materials including brochures, employment applications, and registration materials. The member will also develop an outcome-based work plan to train instructors and job coaches and create mentoring for the employee. Finally, the member will conduct the instructor and job coach training and oversee the adult with IDD training
Community Vision, located in Portland, Oregon, serves individuals with disabilities to increase their independence and self-determination. The Community Vision VISTA will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by assisting in building organizational capacity by providing financial asset building opportunities for low-income individuals experiencing disabilities. This includes community outreach, and assistance with fund development for these programs.