Coalition for A Better Acre
LISC AmeriCorps Summer Member
The Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA) is a membership based community development corporation dedicated to resident empowerment and sustainable community revitalization for current and future residents of Lowell. We promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods by developing resident leaders, affordable housing and economic opportunities, and by responding to community needs through collective action.
CBA began almost 30 years ago in the Acre neighborhood of Lowell. As CBA seeks to expand its impact across the city of Lowell, we realized the need for the Acre to have representation by a neighborhood group. In 2010 we encouraged and supported local leaders to start the group, which is called ACTION (Acre Coalition to Improve our Neighborhood). CBA is now working in partnership with ACTION on a few projects, of which the AmeriCorps volunteer will play a supporting role.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has invested more than $9.7 billion that has leveraged an additional $31.3 billion to build or rehabilitate 271,000 affordable homes and develop 40 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide in efforts to Build Sustainable Communities. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners to assist in local efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America creating vibrant places for people to live, work, and play. LISC’s AmeriCorps program seeks to attract talented individuals to serve for one year to help build organizational capacity and is committed to providing opportunities for people to serve where they live. www.lisc.org
AmeriCorps Member Activities/ Responsibilities
The member at CBA will serve as an Outreach and Event Coordinator. The primary role of the Coordinator will be to support the summer events and activities planned for CBA and ACTION, with a goal to grow the leadership and membership of both groups, with particular emphasis on building capacity for ACTION. The member serving in this capacity will be responsible for:
- Assist with promoting the work of ACTION, a neighborhood group, and recruiting members and leaders to be involved
- Recruit and coordinate with vendors, community groups and other performers to participate in a series of summer events called “Arts in the Acre” at a newly renovated amphitheatre, a partnership between ACTION, CBA, Western Avenue Art Studio and the City of Lowell
- Assist in the planning and execution of the Annual Neighborhood Clean-up, a partnership between CBA and ACTION
- Coordinate CBA’s Annual Lake Trip with other staff members and recruit participants for the event
- Increase CBA’s visibility and project a unified image among a broad range of stakeholders and residents.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bilingual, bicultural ability in Khmer or Spanish preferred
- Proven ability or demonstrated potential to recruit members and plan events
- Good team building skills, ability to work cooperatively with the staff, board and community members
- Good communication skills, ability to build strong relationships with others
w High school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED within the year
w Minimum of 18 year of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
w Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
w Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
w Experience with MS Word, Excel, Publisher, email and internet
w A CORI background check is required
Part-time members are required to serve for a minimum of 450 hours at CBA. Members are invited to attend monthly meetings and trainings hosted by the local LISC office. CBA will also make additional training opportunities available. Members will earn a stipend of $4800. Upon successful completion of the service year, members will be eligible for a $1,415 education award to pay off existing student loans or return to school.
Please send submissions to:
Coalition for A Better Acre
517 Moody Street, 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA 01851
LISC & CBA promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.