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Americorps – Goodwill VISTA Partnership

Lights Out Gallery is working through the arts to transform a former snowshoe factory into a community hub and art gallery. We are building both our local and statewide networks to help create access to the arts and connect local artists to a wider audience. By partnering with the local/state art community, the Outreach Coordinator will raise awareness of our plan to build a community center that includes a co-working space, dance studio, and makers' space as well as an art gallery to boost the economy and provide opportunities for access to high-speed internet and equipment that is not accessible to many in rural Maine.

  • Help us build a base of volunteers and donors to help us make a community co-working space.

  • Conduct special fundraising projects and community engagement events like a fundraising video, shorts, engaging social media campaigns and a summer art fundraising show.

  • Maintain and grow our large following on Instagram, Facebook and via email. Create and manage a Tiktok account.

  • Build a system to keep track of donations and volunteer hours.

  • Work with local community members and businesses to schedule,
    fundraise, and thank all who become involved with our project. 

The Goodwill VISTA Partnership works to reduce poverty in communities across Maine. Members build capacity at nonprofits and other agencies to reduce poverty by creating new programs, managing advisory boards, helping with fundraising and grant writing, increasing social media presence, recruiting volunteers and more.

  • Community Organization

  • Fine Arts/Crafts

  • Architectural Planning

  • Business/Entrepreneur

  • Fundraising/Grant Writing 

  • Communications

  • Writing/Editing 

  • Proficiency in Google Suite (Sheets, Docs, Drive)

  • Proficiency in social media management (Meta Business Suite, Tiktok, etc.)

  • Stipend of $675.08 biweekly throughout the 12-month term

  • Choice of $6,895 education award or $1,800 cash stipend upon completion of service

    • Education award can be to pay off qualified loans, or for educational expenses at Title IV schools

    • Forbearance of federally qualified student loans during service term (interest paid by

      • Stafford

      • Perkins

      • Some private loans (you must call lender to ask)

  • Health Benefits (go to link below for more details)

  • Workers Compensation Coverage

  • Child Care Reimbursement (if income eligible)

  • 10 days of sick leave and 10 days of vacation leave

  • Relocation Allowance for service for those who relocate 50 miles or more (from their
    home of record)​

    • One time relocation allotment of $750 and reimbursement for travel costs
      (baggage shipment, mileage reimbursement if driving a personal vehicle)​

  • Non-competitive eligibility for Federal Jobs for 1 year after your term of service

  • Networking/professional development

  • Mileage reimbursement to AmeriCorps sponsored training events

  • Mileage reimbursement for project/site related travel consistent with staff
    reimbursement at the site

  • Usually eligible for Food Stamps (SNAP) – should apply for benefit before starting VISTA term

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