CC of Southeast Michigan VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
The tri-county area surrounding and including the city of
Detroit is home to nearly half a million seniors. Too many of them
are living near or below the poverty level and need help from
organizations like ours. The Senior Outreach Program of the
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan was born out of the
pandemic and the need for seniors to remain home for their health
and safety. It started as a grocery delivery program but uncovered
a great need for help by so many of our seniors. The program is in
the process of blossoming into a full outreach program. The future
of the Senior Outreach Program includes chore services,
transportation, case management, and a robust referral program. We
are looking to engage the local parishes of the Archdiocese of
Detroit (AOD) and the greater community to build a network of
volunteers dedicated to helping seniors live independently and with
dignity in their own homes. We are looking for an individual to
help lay the groundwork for policies and processes for our network
of volunteers. As these are put in place, we can begin using
volunteers across metro Detroit to help seniors stay in their own
homes by bringing goods and services directly to them. Our
volunteers will help transport them to and from important
appointments. Most of all, our volunteers will strive to make the
lives of every senior we service better in whatever ways we can.
This VISTA position is a part of Catholic Charities USA's Family
Strengthening Program, a national intermediary project. As a
member, you will meet virtually with VISTA Leaders and other VISTAs
serving throughout the country, all focused on alleviating poverty.
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Member Duties : As an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Catholic
Charities of Southeast Michigan, you will help create the volunteer
aspect of the Senior Outreach Program that will allow us to serve a
greater number of our area seniors in quantifiable and meaningful
ways. The creation of the volunteer management and recruitment
portion of the program will also help engage the metro Detroit
community in serving those most in need. The main function of the
position will be creating and implementing an online system to help
connect volunteers to clients in need and recruiting volunteers
through a variety of avenues. The VISTA will also create and
execute service opportunities like food/gift card drives, major
food distribution events, and single day community action events
like spring and fall cleanups at the homes of our clients in
coordination with local parishes in the AOD.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service
Stipend , Living Allowance , Education award upon successful
completion of service , Health Coverage* , Childcare assistance if
eligible , Training , Relocation Allowance .
Car recommended , Permits attendance at school during off hours
, Permits working at another job during off hours .
Service Areas :
Community Outreach , Elder Care .
Experience w/ older population , Writing/Editing , Community
Organization , Social Services , Public Speaking , Recruitment ,
Computers/Technology , Non-Profit Management , Communications ,
General Skills , Fund raising/Grant Writing .