Addison County Shepherd Internships offer meaningful opportunities to spend summer fighting poverty in Vermont. This year the paid internships will take place with the Charter House Coalition, DREAM, John Graham Homeless Shelter, Open Door Clinic, and United Way of Addison County.
Charter House Coalition: The Charter House Coalition is a volunteer, non-profit providing basic food and housing for local residents who need assistance. Community Lunch and Community Supper together provide over 18,000 meals each year, and with the participation of the Nash farm, as well as church, student and community organizations. The intern will gain firsthand experience in how food, housing and other poverty challenges of low-income families in Addison County are being supported, will learn operational and management aspects of a volunteer-based non-profit organization, and will gain experience in supporting the needs of members of our community who are housing or food insecure.
John Graham Homeless Shelter: The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter has provided food, shelter and hope to homeless individuals and families for thirty-one years. The Shelter offers its services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to individuals and families with children. Many are the hardest to house including survivors of abuse, violence and rape; people with disabilities; people in recovery; and people suffering with mental illness. The John Graham Shelter summer intern will be a key team player in providing food, shelter and hope to Addison County’s homeless population, with a special emphasis on helping the Shelter to manage its community mentor program.
DREAM: The DREAM Program, Inc. is a mentoring organization that pairs college students with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods. Our mentoring relationships empower mentees to lead healthy, productive lives. The intern will work with a young, passionate group of people to provide awesome summer programming to youth ages 5-18 living in affordable housing communities across Vermont. Each intern is responsible for programming with one housing community throughout the state, but also collaborates with other communities outside their region. In addition to developing and implementing youth programming, each intern also works closely with families to build and support strong community relationships.
Open Door Clinic: Open Door Clinic (ODC) is a free medical clinic based in Middlebury, VT, providing healthcare to low income, uninsured and underinsured Addison County adults. This full-time, 10 week internship experience will provide the intern with a unique perspective on healthcare, public health, and provision of services to marginalized and low-income communities. A particular focus of the internship will be on supporting the healthcare needs of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients, especially Addison County’s Latino Farmworker population, through medical interpretation, document translation, and building culturally and linguistically appropriate local healthcare infrastructure.
United Way of Addison County: United Way of Addison County is a community change organization that has been working in Addison County for almost 45 years. United Way invites all community members to be part of enhancing the common good, improving lives and strengthening the community by giving, advocating and volunteering. They focus on three important building blocks to strengthening lives: Health, Education and Financial Stability. The intern will research the “benefit cliff” and help formulate possible new initiatives to meet improve financial stability for individuals and families in Addison County.
How do I apply?
Find our more information and apply through MOJO! Log in here, search for “Addison County Shepherd Internships,” and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript (can be unofficial). Applications are due on March 10, 2014. Interviews will be held in mid-March and successful applicants will be notified before spring break.
What if I have questions?
Attend the information session:
Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.
Community Engagement @ 118 South Main Street (light green house behind Davis Family Library)
OR Contact Ashley Calkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interns will earn $9.35 per hour, 35 hours per week. Students can choose to reside on campus with meal plan included for a weekly fee (paid by the intern).
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