Catholic Charities West Virginia Broadens Outreach through AmeriCorps
by By Debbie Rolen
Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) is offering six LifeBridge AmeriCorps member opportunities to learn community leadership skills and gain practical work experience while making a difference in the lives of those in need across West Virginia.
Member responsibilities include coordinating the volunteer program, providing services to consumers and assisting in program development.
Mara Skidmore, interim Central Region director/outreach coordinator, noted, “AmeriCorps helps us to strengthen West Virginia communities by partnering with Catholic Charities West Virginia. They help us to strengthen our mission to serve the vulnerable within our community.”
These full-time positions offer a living allowance, an end of service education award for the individual serving or a family member and the benefit of health insurance. Good written and verbal communication, organizational and computer skills are required. All members must commit to one full year of service starting in August 2013. Service sites include: Charleston, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Romney and Wheeling.
CCWVa gained a new AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) member who begins at the end of July in the Northern Panhandle and serves for one year. The area of focus will be in asset development for low-income families in Brooke and Hancock counties. Two major responsibilities of the VISTA member will be to assist in developing a new Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site as well as establishing a financial literacy program. Northern Region Director
Erin McDonald said, “AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers specialize in capacity building and new program development for nonprofit organizations. As Catholic Charities WV expands its programs in Brooke and Hancock counties our new AmeriCorps VISTA will play a key role in helping us grow into new areas of service to the community. We are very grateful to have the leadership of an AmeriCorps VISTA as we move in new directions to address the unmet needs in the Northern Panhandle.”
CCWVa hopes to have nine LifeBridge AmeriCorps members throughout the state to serve those in need. Adding the AmeriCorps VISTA member in the Northern Panhandle will be essential in developing new programs for CCWVa.
Mark Sliter-Hays, executive director of CCWVa, said, “We have been blessed to have the opportunity to use AmeriCorps members in the past in Webster Springs, Elkins, Morgantown and Kingwood. They are instrumental in our fight against poverty especially working with families who have food insecurity in their lives. We are excited to increase the number of AmeriCorps members who will now serve in Wheeling, Charleston, Parkersburg area, Romney, Webster Springs, Elkins, Morgantown and Kingwood.”
For additional information, call (888) 900-2989 or visit http://catholiccharitieswv.org.
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