AmeriCorps Home Visitor Volunteer

Summary Statement:

The AmeriCorps Home Visitor shall serve as the family’s primary contact with the Birth & Beyond (B&B) Program. The Home Visitor is responsible for developing a relationship with the family and working in their home and community to build upon strengths and to enhance self-sufficiency. The Home Visitor reports to the Team Leader. This position is available through a partnership between WellSpace Health and AmeriCorps.

Organization Information:

The Child Abuse Prevention Center, Birth & Beyond, and WellSpace Health do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability and/or religion. Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request. If you are a person with a disability and you would like to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (916) 244-1904.

AmeriCorps is a community service program that is funded by the government and participating community partners, which is designed to help communities meet the specified needs in their area by recruiting and training individuals who are willing to devote one to two years serving in selected community projects. Service programs strengthen communities, encourage responsibility, expand opportunities for education, provide service experience, and increase life skills. For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit www.americorps.gov.

Birth & Beyond Program

The Birth & Beyond Program focuses on overburdened families and children incorporating home visiting and family resource centers as a strategy for service delivery. A team of professionals, paraprofessionals, and residents of the community provide services. Birth & Beyond FRC

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • Must have basic computer skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse workgroups and teams.
  • Ability to serve families with diverse economic, social, racial, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledgeable about local community resources.
  • Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value systems and behavior norms.
  • Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and families, with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Demonstrate good writing and organizational skill.
  • Skill to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
  • Ability to self-initiate multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Must have the ability to be a self-starter and work independently.
  • Knowledge of child abuse issues, substance abuse, family dynamics, and domestic violence.
  • Knowledge of child development and behavior.
  • Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as required.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate professionally & effectively.
  • Experience in social services in community settings with families preferred.
  • Able to deal with stressful situations.
  • Must report to service site as scheduled and agreed upon with Host Site Supervisor.
  • Must be able to lift & carry a minimum of 15 lbs.
  • Ability to frequently bend, twist, squat, kneel, reach, push, and pull.

Other Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Clearance of fingerprint background check.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver’s license, reliable transportation and auto insurance.
  • Able to travel between sites and to offsite events.

Full Position Description

 

Volunteer Application

 

To apply for this volunteer position, send resume to Ikadean Reid at ireid@wellspacehealth.org.

 

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