Vista Volunteers Needed in Carson Valley

October 03, 2008

The Carson Valley, Nevada Children’s Center known as Austin’s House has advertised for two AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers to work for one year, beginning in December.

Located in Minden, Nevada, minutes from Lake Tahoe, Austin’s House is a 10 bed emergency shelter for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Its mission is to provide a safe haven for any child in need; to provide a nurturing living and learning environment; to promote the health and well-being of children and their families through assessment and appropriate intervention; and to help prevent child abuse and neglect by providing education and community awareness.
 
The Rev. Pete Nelson, pastor of Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville, Nevada, is on the center’s board of directors.
 
The yearlong VISTA project involves getting to know the community; bringing together the various organizations that provide services; exploring the needs of the Hispanic and Native American communities in the area; developing programs for tracking donors, recruiting volunteers, and recognizing both; planning and organizing children’s events; compiling a resource directory; researching and writing grants; and conducting a needs assessment.
 
The two positions require full time service without outside commitments. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, with some college. An ideal candidate would be one who is eager to develop new skills, and who is self-motivated and able to tackle a large project one step at a time. Desirable skills include communications, computers/technology, community organization, fundraising/grant writing, public speaking, writing/editing, and program management. 
 
Benefits include childcare assistance for eligible candidates, choice of education award or end of service stipend, education award upon successful completion of service, health coverage, living allowance, relocation allowance, and training. 
 
For more information and to apply contact Kathleen Miller, 3589 N. Sunridge Drive, Carson City, NV 89705, 775-267-6711, kathleen@austinshouse.org. See the Austin’s House website at www.austinshouse.org for more information.