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CAC AmeriCorps VISTA engages individuals of all ages in service to their community. VISTA members spend their year of service building capacity for organizations with programs focused on alleviating poverty. VISTA members look at systems and make recommendations for improvement, fundraise, write curriculum, and build partnerships, among other activities. Check out our open positions below. If one, or several, spark your interest, go ahead and APPLY NOW!

Alliance HouseAlliance House

Position Description

Alliance House has developed a coalition of partners in East Tennessee who are dedicated to collectively taking action to positively impact the outcomes of the community through outreach activities. The focus area of Alliance House is to improve access to health care, specifically health equity and disparities among low-income black households. This position will create and implement community health assessments, improve data systems and monitor the quality of medical care for black households, create partnerships to serve specific communities, and create a curriculum for training volunteers and health liaisons on an ongoing basis.

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Position Description

ASAP of Anderson utilizes the public health model and the strategic prevention framework to enable and empower communities to make data-driven decisions to impact population-level behavior change in the fight against addiction. The VISTA serving at ASAP will create and establish a robust volunteer plan including recruitment, training, continuing education, roles, and recognition.

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CAC Beardsley Community Farm is an urban demonstration site that promotes food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach. Beardsley Community Farm donates hundreds of pounds of produce each year to hunger organizations, improving their ability to provide fresh produce for low-income individuals. The VISTA project at Beardsley focuses on increasing awareness of Beardsley’s programs and benefits available to clients.

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BBBS’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. One VISTA member will serve as an integral member of the talented BBBS-ETN Donor Database and Stewardship team. They will be focused on revamping their CRM system, with a focus on increasing recurring donor relations and donor stewardship. The second BBBS-ETN position will focus on “Big” development, both in regard to mentor support and funding opportunities.

Bridge Refugee Services Inc.

Position Description

Bridge Refugees Services Inc. works with the communities of Knoxville and Chattanooga to connect refugees to opportunities to grow and connect to their new homeland. The member serving with Bridge Refugee Services will be involved in strengthening the volunteer program, mobilizing resources to support community engagement, and developing a volunteer outreach program that will increase the economic opportunities of refugees in the Knoxville area.

CAC Mobile Meals

Position Description

CAC Mobile Meals works to increase food security for Knox County’s senior population through the coordination of one of the largest Meals-on-Wheels operation in the country, servicing 1,100+ individuals over the age of 60 who are homebound, unable to cook for themselves, or don’t have a caregiver living in their home.  From Monday to Friday, large teams work to ensure that all the steps leading up to a hot, fresh meal in front of an eligible senior ready to eat is carried through, from funding sources to prepping ingredients, coordinating the 100+ volunteer drivers and looking out for the wellbeing of Mobile Meal clients on a daily basis. The VISTA will work not only to maintain the ebb and flow of daily operations through volunteer interaction and program oversight, but use survey data and assessment to make improvements and increase efficiency with modern technology tools.

CAC Office on Aging
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The CAC Office on Aging provides a wide variety of programs and services that improve the quality of life for older people, including programs that help them remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Programs of the Office on Aging offer a broad spectrum of health and nutrition-related services, consumer and home-safety-related services, in-home services, and educational, recreational, and volunteer opportunities for seniors.

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Position Description – Volunteer Management

Centro Hispano aspires to be the reference organization for education and social services to improve the quality of life and the successful integration of multicultural families into the community. Their mission is to promote empowerment and civic participation of the multicultural community through education and social services. Centro Hispano hosts 4 VISTA members focused on the following topics: resource development, volunteer recruitment/management, K-12 education support, and post-secondary education access.

Cokesbury Church – Fig Tree

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Fig Tree is a new community launched out of Cokesbury Church in March of 2020. Ultimately, our goal is to serve as a Fig Treecommunity center, where resources are available to serve the needs of our neighbors and a safe community is fostered. Currently, they provide Manna House Food Pantry, VITA tax preparation services, Hope Connection Benevolence Ministry (walking with and offering financial relief for families in crisis), and access to showers, computers/internet/printer, laundry services, and a hot meal, but there is still need they are not currently reaching. The position at Cokesbury is focused on conducting a community needs assessment and creating projects and programs based on the responses.

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

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The mission of KCDC is to increase access to affordable housing and increase the quality of affordable housing initiatives in Knoxville. One of the properties that KCDC manages is Guy B. Love Towers. Located in historic Old North Knoxville off Broadway, Guy B. Love Towers is a high-rise property with two seven-story apartment buildings. The building provides a safe, comfortable community for seniors, disabled and near-elderly individuals. The position with KCDC will assist in capacity building for health care access and education for the residents at Love Towers by building capacity for a pilot health clinic site managed by UT Nursing.

Kickstand

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Kickstand is a local nonprofit whose mission is to refurbish donated bicycles and donate them to communities in need. Kickstand partners with organizations such as Volunteer Ministry, Beardsley Community Farm, Boys and Girls Club, YWCA, low-income schools, among others. The member serving at Kickstand will build capacity in their volunteer recruitment and management by creating resources and organizational systems.

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Position Description – Community Schools (2 members)

The Knox Education Foundation is a group of educators, business, and community leaders who support Knox County Public Schools, the majority of which are considered Title I. Through advocacy, investment, community resources and initiatives that empower every student to excel, they are preparing students for the world and beyond. Three members with the Community Schools initiative will support site resource coordinators in managing volunteers, assisting with coordination and reporting related to stakeholder health, enrichment, and mentoring programs, and creating and implementing parent and community engagement programs. One member with the Innovation initiative will take 2-3 innovation initiatives through the steps of the innovation cycle. This begins with identifying and verifying school and community needs and following through with creative and strategic programming.

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Lakeway CASA recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers from the community to serve as advocates for children experiencing abuse or neglect. They provide much needed relief to our overburdened court system while ensuring that a child affected by parental opioid and other substance abuse does not have to face the future alone. This position engages in social media and volunteer recruitment campaigns, the creation of volunteer training materials, specifically in regards to generational trauma and substance abuse, data collection, and diversifying funding sources.

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Nourish Knoxville, Inc. is a Knoxville-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in the East Tennessee region to cultivate and support relationships between farmers, artisanal producers and the community through outreach, education, and advocacy and to build healthy communities through connections to local food. The member will develop food system education and outreach programs, and facilitate and provide resources to working group projects that promote food access and the local economy through education.

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Established in 2009, SEEED is the only nonprofit combining workforce development with community engagement to effect positive change for Knoxville’s inner city where, even prior to the impacts of COVID-19, unemployment rates were up to 3.5 times greater than the county’s overall rate. SEEED’s workforce development program is focused on unemployed or underemployed young adults up to 28 years old, who have aged out of traditional youth services. Students in SEEED’s Career Readiness Program (CRP) participate in both traditional classroom and experiential learning, the latter of which is provided through a social enterprise jobs model. SEEED then doubles its impact through community engagement activities that not only provide jobs for CRP participants but benefit their neighborhoods as well. This dual-benefit methodology prepares its students with the leadership and organizational skills needed to support their inner-city neighbors in identifying, prioritizing, and working to mitigate poverty and its by-products. The member serving with SEEED will provide general program support, including curriculum development, as well as community engagement and fundraising support.

Tennessee RiverLine

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Tennessee RiverLine is an innovative vision for a continuous system of paddle, hike and bike experiences along the river’s 652-mile reach, unifying dynamic and unique communities and adjacent public lands as a 1.2 million acre ‘River Park.’ The Tennessee RiverLine is a project that seeks to address needs within the Tennessee Valley region that focus on economic growth, public health, environmental stewardship, and education through the development of a continuous and connected trail system and outdoor experiences.  This project removes barriers that typically exist to participating in outdoor recreational experiences and creates equitable opportunities for all communities and constituents to become part of, and benefit from this vision of the next great regional trail system. In addition, this project simultaneously aims to build leadership that is inclusive, equitable and representative of the cultural and economic diversity along the reach of the Tennessee River.

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Position Description – Donations

Two Bikes believes in the transformative power of bicycles, not just as a means of exercise or a social object but as a pathway to personal freedom and autonomy. While Two Bikes is committed to lowering the barrier for entry into cycling by providing access to affordable bikes and to creating a more inclusive and egalitarian culture through honest and un-intimidating service, at the core of Two Bikes’ mission is a deep understanding of the inextricable link between transportation and economic mobility. One member with Two Bikes will focus on acquisition and partnership building, while the other will focus on fundraising efforts.

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UT Sustainability is housed in facility services located within the University of Tennessee, Knoxville working on campus and in the community to optimize recycling and reuse initiatives that eliminate waste and enhance sustainability. The VISTA project will develop systems to allow the UT Sustainability program to work with local area food pantries to divert over 10,000 lbs of food waste/surplus from key locations on campus as well as from events like UT football games, allowing the food to be used by area food pantries to feed the hungry, reduce waste, and help those in need.

FUTUREUniversity of Tennessee FUTURE Program

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The FUTURE post-secondary education program is a two-year course of study which empowers students to achieve gainful employment in the community. FUTURE helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life by providing them with career counseling and developing their academic, vocational, and decision-making skills. The UT FUTURE program VISTA member will help build capacity and sustainability by proposing, designing, creating, and analyzing social media and marketing campaigns, resulting in increased student enrollment and mentor engagement.