ReStore Development VISTA - 2021-22

ReStore Development VISTA

Tentative start - August 2021

For one year, you can get paid to build sustainable solutions in a community, gain valuable hands on experience and prepare for your future. This full-time AmeriCorps service position offers a great opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of others while building your own knowledge and skillset.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are Volunteers in Service to America who perform indirect service to build capacity and sustainability solutions.

What will you do?

Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.

The ReStore development VISTA member researches and implements best practices for standard ReStore operating policies. This could look like marketing the store to community members and donors, developing or enhancing a volunteer program, evaluating the impact of the store within the community or developing ReStore business processes. Each project development is created in a sustainable manner to continue beyond your service.

*Research, develop and implement a ReStore-specific volunteer recruitment, orientation, training and recognition plan that increases the amount of repeat volunteers serving in the ReStore.
*Research, develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies/materials designed to increase visibility of the ReStore in the community and increase purchases and donations.
*Research, develop and implement new or updated ReStore procedures and policies to be in line with standard ReStore operating procedures that have been identified as best practices.
This position will focus on brand management, fundraising, research, monitoring, and/or evaluation and the ReStore aspects of Habitat affiliate operations.

Where will you serve?

Habitat for Humanity Maui serves lower income communities in the Maui County area. The need for affordable housing in our area is at a crisis level. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in 2019 Hawaii ranked number 4 in the nation with a homeless rate of 45 per 10,000 people and by far is the most expensive State to live in with a cost of living index of 196.3 per World Population Review.

According to the Realtor Association of Maui, Maui County’s median sales price for a single family dwelling rose to $865,000 in December 2020. Habitat for Humanity Maui will begin a new development in an area that is in desperate need of affordable housing opportunities, Hana, Hawaii. A home in Hana cost an average of $1,357,500 making it impossible for lower income residents to attain permanent housing. This year, and/or into 2022, we have plans to begin an affordable housing development in Hana which will create opportunities for homeownership to families earning 25-80% of Maui County’s median income. This development will feature 25 single family homes costing families no more than 30% of their income.

Habitat for Humanity Maui, in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, will continue assisting Native Hawaiians with their new construction home builds in the Keokea-Waiohului Hawaiian Homelands Subdivision in Kula, Hawaii. Hawaiian Homelands are parcels granted to lessees in an effort to deliver land back to Native Hawaiians. We will begin three new homes in 2021 and into 2022.

In addition to new construction, Habitat for Humanity Maui is also dedicated to helping elderly and disabled homeowners who are struggling to maintain their homes. We help homeowners reclaim their homes by assisting with various home repairs and retrofits, critical and minor. This allows the homeowner to remain in their home safely and with pride and dignity. This year we are projected to complete over 20 critical repair and retrofits projects.

This AmeriCorps year is an exciting time to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity Maui team as there has been plenty of growth in the last year allowing us to help even more families in our community. We offer a company vehicle and shared housing at a cost way below market value. Help us bring hope by building affordable homes and repairing substandard housing in our community! For more information, please visit www.habitat-maui.org

Benefits of AmeriCorps service

*Annual living allowance range from $13,399 to $26,798, determined by the service location; most locations are on the lower end of this range.
*Segal Education Award of $6,345, upon successful completion of service.
*Health benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
*Ten personal and 10 medical leave days.
*Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
*Child care benefits, if you qualify.
*Noncompetitive eligibility status for federal employment for one year after successful completion of service.
*Relocation travel assistance for members relocating more than 50 miles to serve.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens or is a person residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. Applicants must be at least 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED.

Preferred Qualifications

*Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps.
*Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
*Strong written and verbal communication skills.
*Strong research skills.
*Detail oriented and highly organized.
*Experience working as a member of a team.
*Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
Location:
Wailuku, HI
State/Region:
Hawaii
Job Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Employment Type:
AmeriCorps
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.

 

Habitat for Humanity International is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.