2021 Positions

VISTA Positions

The overall goal of these individual VISTA projects is to improve the health status of low income, uninsured, and predominantly rural residents in South Central New York State. 

Details

  • One year full-time service commitment
  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
  • VISTA term runs ONE FULL YEAR
  • Living Allowance of $14,960 (pre-tax) provided during service
  • Education Award of $6,345 OR $1500 end of service stipend
  • Health coverage
  • Child care subsidy available for qualified members
  • College loan forbearance
  • Relocation funds (up to $550) and mileage reimbursement available
  • College degree preferred

Open Roles

Fruit & Vegetable Prescription VISTA (Binghamton, NY)

November 2021 – November 2022

The Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) VISTA will provide support for the implementation, evaluation, and expansion of a growing regional produce prescription program and other Food is Medicine initiatives. The FVRx VISTA will expand the capacity and impact of the program through coordination, communication, access to resources, and resource development. The VISTA will work closely with the Food and Health Network Director, health care providers, local food retailers, and program participants.

To learn more about the Food and Health Network, click here

Opioid/Over-the-Counter Coordinating VISTA (Watkins Glen, NY)

November 2021 – November 2022

The VISTA will address the opioid crisis in Schuyler County by organizing and supporting coalition work surrounding substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. The programming treats opioid addiction and recovery as a health issue, emphasizing prevention, intervention, and treatment.

To learn more about Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs, click here

Tioga Tells Project Coordinator VISTA (Owego, NY)

November 2021 – November 2022

The Tioga Tells Project VISTA Member will use information gleaned from Year One and Year Two of the
Tioga Tells Project specific to the identified issue that Tioga County residents do not feel that they have an
active role in the decision-making process in the county and distrust the decision-makers in the county
overall. Working in conjunction with the Department of Planning and Development at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., the VISTA member will research evidence-based options, develop, and implement a “Leadership/Civic
Engagement Curriculum” which will be designed to provide education, training, and “tools” for local
disenfranchised residents who have historically been disconnected from or shut out of civic engagement
opportunities, advocacy efforts, and decision-making roles.

With knowledge comes power. Through education and awareness of skills needed to be effective at
speaking at public meetings, writing a letter to the editor, providing written testimony to proposed changes
in regulations, how to run a meeting and articulate your point of view or opinions, participants will be
equipped to take an active role in their neighborhood, municipality, school district, or other community
efforts. In doing so, participants will bring the voice of the “disenfranchised or marginalized” residents into
the overall decision-making processes.

Potential VISTA candidates should have excellent research and data analysis skills, proven experience in
setting up and working with a data base, experience in making presentation to groups, strong
organizational skills, and the ability to work independently.

Application

Successful applicants (minimum age 18) will demonstrate the following proficiencies and values:

  • An interest in, and commitment to, health and/or rural communities and people
  • Evidence of current and/or past volunteer service activities
  • Communication skills, including writing and verbal communication with clarity and accuracy
  • Self direction: Members must be self-directed and show evidence of their ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and they must have their high school diploma or GED

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