Looking to make a positive difference in the community? Interested in joining the workforce after some time off or if COVID has you rethinking your future plans? Whether you’re in school or after graduation, had time after retirement, join our team at Piast Institute as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America).
This position is a one-year commitment to its “Education and Reduction of Opioid Use Initiative” program directed at the area’s senior citizens, immigrant, ethnic and racial groups. The duties will include a hands-on experience focusing efforts on increasing the awareness of the dangers of opioids and prevention of opioid use disorders and the impact on their lives and their community.
You will be working in the city of Hamtramck, a 2.1 square mile diverse, urban environment that is an enclave of Detroit. The district-wide school surveys list 31 different languages and cultures represented in the student body. It is the most densely populated city in Michigan with about 10,000 people per square mile.
The Piast Institute created the Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition (HDFCC) in 2007 in response to the rising rates of substance abuse. Through this coalition, Piast Institute has applied prevention efforts targeting mostly youth and business owners. The Americorps VISTA will be focusing instead on outreach and prevention to senior citizens who are more likely to be prescribed opioids due to long term chronic health issues.
Applicants must be 18 years of age and have basic computer skills, excellent writing and speaking skills and ability to work with the public in general. Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus in a diverse city such as Hamtramck.
VISTA members receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and a stipend for tuition or a monetary bonus after one year of service. For more information please contact Virginia Skrzyniarz, CEO/Co-Founder at (313) 733-4535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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