AmeriCorps VISTA – Rural Communities Organizer (Opioid Response)

Central Vermont Medical Center

Are you passionate about rural communities, public health, and health equity? Do you have organizing skills and the ability to connect with folks from different backgrounds? Thought about serving your community through AmeriCorps as a VISTA? Join the fight against the opioid crisis as a Rural Communities Organizer in Central Vermont!

The Central Vermont Prevention Coalition (formerly known as the Washington County Substance Abuse Regional Partnership), with whom the VISTA would be directly working, was established in 2015 with the sponsorship of Central Vermont Medical Center with the goal of helping to build strong, healthy communities free from the harms of opioid and other substance misuse. Each of the coalition’s member organizations and the voices of those with lived experience have demonstrated strength to bring about change in our region. CVPC brings together a broad group of partners who work in the field of substance use disorders including the areas of prevention, treatment, recovery, harm reduction, disease prevention, and workforce development. It also includes local law enforcement, EMS, and organizations that focus on mental health, housing, the justice system, and community re-entry. CVPC’s mission is to create a harmonized network of communities in and around Washington County where there is no wrong door, no wrong time to get help and support, and to prevent the initiation of substance use.

Member Duties: The VISTA will function as a Rural Community Organizer and will primarily be responsible for recruiting, organizing, and supporting rural community members in Central Vermont to take grassroots collective action and participate in CVPC’s rural initiatives. The goal of the position is to reach deep into our rural communities to reduce the stigma and misunderstanding associated with opioid and other substance use disorders that create barriers to care and to caring in our communities.

Projects the VISTA will complete include:

  1. Developing community profiles of rural towns to identify alignment of civic goals with those of our regional coalition as they relate to our field of substance use disorders.
  2. Developing a two-way communication system for those towns and our coalition and its goals, objectives, and activities.

People who have experience with addiction, including those in recovery themselves, are encouraged to apply.

Some college is preferred. VISTA must provide their own transportation to rural communities.

Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage*.

For any questions please contact Eva Zaret, CVPC Project Coordinator (and former VISTA!), at eva.wcsarp@gmail.com

To apply for this job please visit my.americorps.gov.