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Seeking Mandarin - Speaking College Grad For Americorps * Vista Job

Posted By:
Amy Andonian
Posting ID:
Downtown San Jose
(408) 325-5237
Category:Nonprofit / Social Services
Listing Type:Job
Company:Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

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One-Year AmeriCorps*VISTA Position @ Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

For more than 35 years, AmeriCorps*VISTA members have been helping bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members serve full-time for a year in nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based groups throughout the country, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Day Break II Asian Respite & Caregiver Support Services program is currently looking for a Mandarin-speaking AmeriCorps*VISTA member to serve from April 2010-April 2011. This program serves low-income Chinese and Vietnamese family caregivers and their older loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, helping the caregivers to maintain a successful home care environment and avoid premature or inappropriate institutionalization for their dependent elders. The high cost of institutionalization impoverishes families; services that support these low-income Asian families in providing homecare for their dependent elders prevent them from becoming impoverished.

Key strategies will include: targeted outreach to low-income Asian caregiving families in Santa Clara County; intensified efforts in volunteer recruitment and training; increased emphasis on fund development; and ongoing educational events that empower Asian caregivers to become more effective advocates for much-needed culturally and linguistically competent caregiver support services. We seek a motivated, compassionate, Mandarin-speaking VISTA member who will assist us with these activities, helping us to expand our Day Break II Asian Respite & Caregiver Support Services program to optimal capacity and sustainability. This will enable us to serve greater numbers of low-income Chinese and Vietnamese caregivers and their dependent elders as the population continues to rapidly age over the next several years.


Program Details:

Program Location: San Jose-Downtown (Santa Clara County, CA)
Program Type: AmeriCorps*VISTA
Program Start/End Date: April 2010-April 2011

Duties, Requirements, and Benefits:

Member Duties: The VISTA member will create and implement marketing and outreach strategies, recruit and train volunteers, and facilitate training for Asian caregivers so that they can become effective advocates for caregiver support. Additionally, s/he will assist staff in building capacity through collaboration with other organizations serving low-income Asian family caregivers and their dependent elders in Santa Clara County, and through supporting grant writing and fundraising activities. The VISTA member will receive on-site training with the staff members at Day Break II, in which they will learn about the aging process, Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the unique needs of low-income minority family caregivers, volunteer resources available in the community, grant writing, and effective strategies for marketing and communications.

Terms: Car required; requires full-time service without outside commitments
Work Schedule: Full-time (40 hours per week, Monday thru Friday)
Service Area: Community Outreach, Elder Care, Health
Length of Service Term: 12 months
Age Requirement: Minimum: 20 Maximum: None
Skills Requirement(s): General Skills, Communications, Computers, Fundraising, Outreach, Public Speaking, Recruitment, Writing/Editing
Education Requirement: Bachelors Degree preferred
Language Requirement: Mandarin (mandatory)
Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage, Monthly Living Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Ongoing Training

Application Information:

Accepting Applications: From 1/1/10 – 3/2/10
Additional Requirements: Resume, two references

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