Office of Mayor William Peduto
MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO ANNOUNCES THREE OPEN AMERICORPS VISTA POSITIONS WITHIN CITY
Deadline to apply is Friday, May 23
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 7, 2014) Mayor William Peduto announced that the City is seeking three qualified year-round AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to support the City’s servePGH program.
 
These positions will involve management and hands-on work on a number of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, ranging from home repair to blight reduction to mentoring and beyond. Applications will be accepted until May 23, 2014, or until positions are filled. 
 
“We know that volunteers play an essential role in shaping our City’s future, and we’re happy to invite AmeriCorps VISTA members to join us in coordinating and expanding our volunteer efforts in Pittsburgh,” Mayor Peduto said. “These VISTAs will have the opportunity to work closely with City departments and local organizations to tackle some of Pittsburgh’s greatest challenges, leading the way to help us build the Next Pittsburgh.” 
 
Full-time applications are being accepted for a Community and Youth Engagement Associate, Neighborhood Service Associate, and Sustainability Service Associate. These associates will serve full-time in the Mayor’s Office for one year, beginning in July 2014. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization. The three available positions were made possible through a successful application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps VISTA program.
 
Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, strong written and oral presentation skills, experience in project management, and commitment to collaboration and problem solving. A basic living allowance of $946 per month, a $5,550 education award or a $1,500 end-of-service stipend upon completion of a year of service, and basic health coverage is provided by the CNCS. 
 
Within the past three years, VISTA members in the Mayor’s office have been extremely successful. Their work has helped support robust servePGH service plans tackling high-priority City challenges. To date, servePGH has engaged 8,700 volunteers in over 57,000 hours of service, revitalized 860 City blocks, removed nearly 65,000 pounds of litter from City streets, and weatherized and repaired 132 homes of veteran, senior and disabled residents.
 
To view additional requirements and to find out how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, click here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 23.
 
ABOUT SERVEPGH
 
ServePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, and more. 
 
Over 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.
 
ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA
 
ServePGH is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently more than 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.

 

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