Americorps Positions Available at Operation Homefront Virginias
Exciting service opportunity! Through an AmeriCorps grant, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) will be placing 22 Virginia Veterans Corps Navigators with community organizations throughout the Greater Hampton Roads area. Part-time benefits include $5,177 living allowance divided over 11 month service term and $2,775 education award at end of the term. Apply at the Virginia Jobs page http://jobs.virginia.gov/.
Purpose and Scope:
The AmeriCorps, Virginia Veterans Corps Navigators in partnership with Service Sites throughout Region 5 (Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck and Eastern Shore of Virginia), are expected to facilitate outreach to veterans, members of the military community and their families. The result of the Navigators’ contacts will be an increase in the number of unduplicated service members, veterans and their families, living in Region 5 of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program taking advantage of the benefits, resources and services available to them at the federal, state and local levels. They will connect Virginia Veterans, members of the Virginia National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves not in active service, and their families with the VWWP Resource Specialists who can assist them with employment, health care, behavioral health care, family support, and other community needs.
Opportunities at Operation Homefront:
Three Navigator Positions
The Mission: Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors
Service Location: 11836 Canon Blvd, Ste B 107; Newport News, VA 23606-3563
Service Activities& Qualifications:
- Assist with providing emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. AmeriCorps Members will follow the regulations and procedures established by each specific Operation Homefront funded assistance program.
- Assist with implementation of seasonal special programs to include but not limited to Operation Back to School, Operation Christmas, Operation Easter Bunny, Holiday Adopt-A-Family and annual Baby Shower for expectant moms.
- Serve as the onsite Chapter representative at area military installations distribution events. Ensure that those distribution events have maximum impact through the recruitment of volunteers who will work with the collection of seasonal items and at the military units, military housing areas and/or base organizations benefitting from the Chapter inventory of in-kind donations.
- Coordinate and participate in the delivery of holiday support to adopted families. Ensure that qualifying individuals participate by distributing application materials to military families during the holiday adopt-a-family program; maintaining a list of families requesting to be adopted during the holidays; maintaining a list of sponsors interested in adopting families during the holidays and matching families with interested sponsors.
- Organize speaking presentations in the community to reach the served population about resources available to them. The AmeriCorps Member will serve as the primary presenter, but will also recruit volunteer speakers from the military community who will be able make presentations. The AmeriCorps Member will ensure that speaker and resource materials are available and updated.
- Schedule pickups for donated items to include arrangements with donor (military or civilian) and the assignment of volunteer crews, which may or may not, include off-duty military personnel.
- Schedule deliveries of donated items either to the organization storage facility or directly to military families who are eligible clients to include the assignment of volunteer crews, which may or may not, include off-duty military personnel.
- Assist with coordination and implementation of site special events, to include special celebrations, retreats and fundraising events as deemed appropriate.
- Follow-up with individuals and families that have received benefits and services to ensure that they do not have unmet resource or service needs.
- Train Operation Homefront staff and volunteers on the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.
- Must have experience working with volunteers.
- Strong communication and organizational skills.
- Be able to use Microsoft Office software to include, Excel, Word and Access.
- Possess a current, non-restricted driver’s license.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
- Must successfully complete a Background Check in addition to the one required by AmeriCorps (This is a policy required by Operation Homefront NHQ for all volunteers who have access to confidential client information)