Service Opportunities

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Marketing & Development VISTA

In My Shoes is the only community living program in Dallas that provides support specifically towards pregnant, homeless women – while offering life, parenting, and job skills. Moms and their babies are able to stay in an In My Shoes home while they learn necessary skills and receive job training to assist with finding employment.

The Marketing and Development VISTA will build capacity by increasing financial support needed to provide all material needs for a mother during and after her pregnancy, as well as the tools needed to reach self-sufficiency. Service opportunity begins on July 8, 2019. Member activities include:

*Build awareness and funding through coordinating and planning of a fall fundraising event

*Research, write and submit of a minimum of 5 grant proposals with a goal of garnering $50,000

* Increase marketing efforts through social media platforms and digital marketing

* Increase monthly contributions by using donor management software to refine and manage a monthly giving program and donor thank you process


Community Outreach VISTA

As the largest non-government support of epilepsy research, the Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. We fund research that is focused on a cure for epilepsy and aimed at eliminating seizures, side-effects and other consequences of epilepsy.

The Community Outreach VISTA at Epilepsy Foundation Texas will play a dynamic role in ending poverty by raising awareness of epilepsy and increasing donations that will fund epilepsy clinics, educational events and camps throughout the state of Texas. Service opportunity begins on July 8, 2019.  Member Activities include:

*Assisting with major awareness and fundraising events

*Increasing support by recruiting volunteers

*Creating marketing materials

*Writing grants and applications for sponsorships and donations


Marketing and Fundraising VISTA

Denton Christian Preschool (DCP), located in Denton, TX, provides early education for at-risk children in the community. Five main components make up DCP’s early childhood education program: developmentally appropriate learning activities in a classroom setting, transportation to and from school, daily nutritious meals and snacks, medical, dental, speech, and other diagnostic screenings and referrals and monthly parenting events.

The Marketing and Fundraising VISTA will increase community awareness and enhance fundraising activities to help provide early education for at-risk children in Denton, TX. Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Member activities include:

*Develop a marketing plan to increase Denton Christian Preschool’s presence in the community

*Increase donor and volunteer participation in fundraising events and day-to-day needs.

*Write 10 grants to raise an additional $100,000 for the education and care of at-risk children.


Programs VISTA

Network of Community Ministries (NETWORK) in Richardson, TX provides services to 40,000 individuals, children, and seniors in 14 Dallas County zip codes. NETWORK is a non-denominational, community-based organization with three divisions: Emergency Services, providing food, shelter, clothing and utility services to children, adults, and seniors; the Adolescent and Children’s Clinic, meeting the acute care medical and dental needs of uninsured children; and Seniors’ Net, dedicated to providing those 60+ with the resources to live independently in their own homes.

The Programs VISTA will build capacity by creating, refining, and coordinating systems to promote smoother delivery of services in all client programs through the client stabilization programs (such as financial education programs, job placement programs, and case management programs)  and crisis intervention programs (such as Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, financial assistance, and other seasonal income-support programs). Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Member activities include:

*Increase outreach efforts to raise awareness of Network’s services

*Develop and implement new client programs and improve existing client programs

*Assess current programs and develop strategies to meet the diverse needs of the Network’s clients.

*Implement and coordinate seasonal programs.

*Build in-kind donation acquisitions and donor relations through the enhancement programs and coordination of volunteers


Partnership and Research VISTA

Since the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, several collaborative groups and coalitions have been created in response to the needs of the impacted cities. CHILDREN AT RISK created the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative (HHCRC) in partnership with several nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the Greater Houston area. CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

The Partnership and Research VISTA will increase community engagement and expand social media presence to increase access to disaster recovery resources for more families effected by Hurricane Harvey. Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Member activities include:

*Spearhead the CRC meetings, attend coalition meetings related to Hurricane Harvey, and attend community meetings/events associated with recovery efforts

*Share information related to recovery work to ensure that partner organizations are able to continue serving their stakeholders efficiently and effectively.

*Increase social media and website presence to share critical information


Recovery Research VISTA

Since the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, several collaborative groups and coalitions have been created in response to the needs of the impacted cities. CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) created the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative (HHCRC) in partnership with several nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the Greater Houston area. C@R serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

The Recovery Research VISTA will identify areas affected by Hurricane Harvey most in need of disaster recovery resources and implement a strategy to address those community needs. The Recovery Research VISTA will build capacity by conducting research on the impact of Hurricane Harvey on children in the areas of: Child Care; Food Insecurity; Education; Health & Mental Health; Housing; and Vulnerable Populations, informing CRC members on funding allocations as it relates to children and supporting pursuit of grant funding. Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Major activities include:

*Track and analyze state and federal aid packages and policies that will help children in the 58 counties devastated by Hurricane Harvey

*Support writing of grants.

*Seek out funders supporting similar work across the state and country


Recovery Planning Research VISTA

Since the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, several collaborative groups and coalitions have been created in response to the needs of the impacted cities. CHILDREN AT RISK created the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative (HHCRC) in partnership with several nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the Greater Houston area. CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

The Recovery Planning Research VISTA will collect information around a disaster response and recovery plan for the Greater Houston area, with the best interests of children at the forefront of the report. Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Member activities include:

*Interview partner organizations, government officials, and families impacted by Harvey to determine what went well and what improvements are needed.

*Facilitate regular calls with organizations leading disaster recovery work in other cities states, such as Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, and New York

*Engage in ongoing strategic outreach and dissemination of information related to Hurricane Harvey recovery and issues impacting children across the region


Family Engagement VISTA

For 30 years, the CEC has been a partner in change to our Northeast Tarrant low-income neighbors.  The CEC has continued to grow and expand our services to serve victims of family violence, homeless and low-income families and individuals across Tarrant County.  Today, the CEC works directly with these families and individuals to move them out of crisis and into stability through employment readiness,  high school equivalency, financial coaching, counseling, safe housing, food and basic necessities.

The CEC Family Engagement VISTA will identify current learning conditions, implement learning strategies, and leverage effective reading instruction to improve literacy and raise reading levels of children. The VISTA will work with CEC staff to design and implement specific best practice activities to successfully promote, engage, and educate neighbors in CEC Services. Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Major duties include:

*Research best practice after school and summer program activities for at risk homeless children and families living in poverty.

*Create, coordinate and implement activity curriculum of new projects for successful engagement.

*Recruit volunteers and funding partners.

*Research and implement best practices for successful engagement of young children and parent reading together to break the cycle of poverty in the 2nd generation


Community Engagement VISTA

For 30 years, the CEC has been a partner in change to our Northeast Tarrant low-income neighbors.  The CEC has continued to grow and expand our services to serve victims of family violence, homeless and low-income families and individuals across Tarrant County.  Today, the CEC works directly with these families and individuals to move them out of crisis and into stability through employment readiness,  high school equivalency, financial coaching, counseling, safe housing, food and basic necessities.

The Community Engagement VISTA will increase visibility of the CEC and its entities through digital and print brand development, develop relationships with community leaders, organizations and the media, implement marketing strategies and encourage volunteerism. Service opportunity begins on August 8, 2019. Member activities include:

*Research best practices to recruit, retain and recognize a volunteer base to ensure volunteer sustainability

*Develop a comprehensive brand management process


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