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Salt Lake County Seeks 2 Americorps VISTA Volunteers to Help Change How People in Poverty Access Services

Posted By Regional Development
May 11, 2022

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Salt Lake County, in partnership with the Americorps VISTA program, seeks two volunteers to help develop a public program that will change how people in poverty engage with community services.

What's Americorps?

Americorps works with volunteers across the country to serve directly with organizations to tackle the country's most pressing challenges. For this opportunity, Americorps VISTA has partnered with Salt Lake County. 

The Assignment

The System Navigator program supports case management provided by individual social service agencies with technology -- a web app called "SAMi" -- that provides agency clients with access to control their own records. This allows clients to "own their own story." The game-changer of this technology is that it allows clients of social services to connect their data, documents, and goals with the programs they trust. 

VISTA volunteers will be a critical part of developing this public program to permanently change the way people in poverty in Salt Lake County are able to engage in services available to them and empower social service clients to take charge of their own journey out of poverty. In addition to lowering barriers to community resources, implementation will provide data for funders on the effectiveness of interventions to make public policy decisions.

VISTA volunteers will help develop Salt Lake County's System Navigator program:

  • Expand the program capacity
  • Develop training for navigators to connect clients with community resources
  • Make recommendations and perform research related to the software and user experience
  • Attend committee and council meetings to assess the community's needs
  • Identify potential partnerships to conduct academic studies
  • Create record management processes

VISTAs will have the ability to prioritize work items they feel will benefit most from their talent/experience, in coordination with County supervisors.

Read more specifics about the position.

Duration of service

Timeframe: One year, from June 2022-June 2023

Schedule: 40 hours/week with a flexibility to work at-home and in the office

Benefits

There is a bi-weekly living stipend of: $575.40. There is also an End of Service Education Award totaling: $6,495. 

Other benefits include healthcare, leave, childcare, and professional development.

Interested in learning more?

Contact: Adam Fordham, 385-227-1105

Email: afordham@slco.org

Application deadline: July 8, 2022