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Solar Training Opportunites in Philadelphia

November 28, 2011

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The Federation of Neighborhood Centers has a new solar training program that is now enrolling.  The rough draft of the brochure is attached.  Please pass this on to anyone at JEVS who may have someone in their program who could benefit from this.  We are currently enrolling for a class that will be held Dec 5 – 9.  Infinite Solar is conducting the training for us. 


 -         2 or more years experience in construction, carpentry, electrical, remodeling, roofing or HVAC (doesn’t have to be 2 continuous years)

-         Basic electrical knowledge

-         Some familiarity with equations, fractions, algebra          

No cost for training for those who qualify and are accepted. 

 Here is the link to our page on our FNC website about the program.  There is a link at the bottom of the webpage for the brochure.


 Interested potential trainees can call 215.989.3566 ext. 28 to reserve a spot at our info session (to be held on November 17th) or to get a call back with more information.  Those interested in the info session should call the number above and someone will return their call and provide the information about the event.

 Jerry Tapley

Chief Operating Officer

Federation of Neighborhood Centers

1528 Walnut Street, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA  19102

215.989.3566 x 11

215.989.3568 – fax


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Application Available for two SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Positions (Due No Later Than December 7th)

November 14, 2011

Are you interested in giving a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA?  Consider applying for one of two SERVE Philadelphia VISTA positions – applications due no later than Wednesday, December 7th!  

SERVE Philadelphia 2012-2013
AmeriCorps VISTA Information and Application

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is accepting applications for two full time SERVE Philadelphia 2012-2013 VISTA members, beginning in February 2012, to serve for a period of one year on projects designed to increase access to educational opportunities and strengthen community volunteer networks.


Applications are being accepted for the positions listed below.  Please reference pages three through five of the full application for complete position descriptions.

  • Parks and Recreation Volunteer Engagement Support Coordinator
    The Mayor’s Chief Service Officer is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA to serve as the Parks and Recreation Volunteer Engagement Support Coordinator.  The VISTA will be based in Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PP&R), working closely with staff and friends groups to (1) support development of, and manage updates to, a handbook for citizens interested in volunteering in one of Philadelphia’s parks or recreation facilities; (2) develop and maintain an electronic calendar of volunteer events and opportunities at Philadelphia’s parks and recreation facilities; and (3) under the guidance of PP&R stewardship staff, provide support to Friends Groups interested in building their capacity to engage volunteers and leverage local and citywide resources.
  • Volunteer Initiative Coordinator with the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy
    The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has been charged with addressing large-scale improvement of education levels for the 550,000 adults in Philadelphia who are at or below basic adult literacy levels.  A key component in the Commission’s work is to increase adult learners’ persistence and retention through matching near-peer mentors with new learners.  Through this model, new learners will gain the support they need when life interferes with learning.  This model will provide new learners the opportunity to know someone just like them is succeeding along with the encouragement and just-in-time help they need to persist and complete each step along the path to achieving their learning goals.  In addition, near peer mentors themselves will gain valuable experiences and recognition they can add to their resumes, including the possibility of college-level service learning credit.  The near peer mentors and learners will be developed in cadres at the neighborhood level.  The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to develop the model, implement it in one or two pilot neighborhoods, analyze the impact and report findings to the Commission and its constituents.

SERVE Philadelphia 2012-2013 VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one year, beginning February 10, 2012 and ending February 9, 2013.

VISTAs are required to attend a mandatory Pre-Service Orientation from February 6th to the 9th in Boston.   All transportation costs to and from Pre-Service Orientation will be covered.

Both of the VISTA positions outlined on pages three through five of the full application require full time service, with occasional responsibilities in the evening and on weekends.

SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs will participate in local orientation and regularly scheduled professional development sessions throughout the year sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service in collaboration with our network of partners.

AmeriCorps VISTAsreceive a living allowance of $977/month, before taxes.  They also have the option to enroll in the VISTA Health Benefits Program and apply for SNAP (food stamps).  AmeriCorps VISTAs who are part of the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA team also receive a monthly transportation pass.  Finally, AmeriCorps VISTAswho successfully complete their year of service receive an education award of $5,350.  This award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed loan or used to pay tuition in the future.  NOTE: Per the policy of the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps VISTAs cannot engage in additional paid work during their year of service.

For detailed information about AmeriCorps VISTA, including member benefits, please visit:http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp

Application Process
Please see pages 6 and 7 for of the full application, which can be submitted by email to cso@phila.gov or by mail to the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, 112 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA  19107.

Application Release Monday, November 14th
Application Deadline Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through Wednesday, December 7th
Interviews Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.
2011-2012 SERVE Philadelphia VISTAS Announced Wednesday, December 21st
SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Local Pre-Orientation Wednesday, January 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, 112 City Hall
VISTA Pre-Service Orientation February 6th to the 9th, 2012 in Boston (all travel costs covered)
Program Duration February 10th, 2012 through February 9th, 2013

NOTE: Once candidates have been accepted, they will need to fill out an on-line application through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Applicant Requirements
Because all of the projects involve working with children and/or ‘vulnerable populations’ in some capacity or another, VISTAswill be required to complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.  Finally, individuals must meet the special requirements of the position(s) for which they are applying (see complete position descriptions in the full application for more info).

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Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service
112 City Hall
Philadelphia, Pennyslvania  19107


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