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Irene: Schoharie County flood cleanup to get help

Irene: Schoharie County flood cleanup to get help

The agency coordinating Schoharie County’s recovery from last year’s devastating storms will be hiri

The agency coordinating Schoharie County’s recovery from last year’s devastating storms will be hiring 15 people as part of an AmeriCorps VISTA project.

Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery set a deadline of May 25 for prospective participants to get a cover letter and resume to the office.

VISTA — Volunteers in Service to America — is a full-time national service program for people who want to help develop solutions to poverty in the United States, according to a news release issued Thursday.

Each year, roughly 6,500 VISTA workers are placed in communities to focus on building the “organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development and otherwise assist low-income communities,” the news release states.

AmeriCorps program representatives contacted SALT early this year and suggested efforts to rebuild the flood-ravaged Schoharie Valley might fit within the scope of VISTA projects, SALT Director Sarah Goodrich said Thursday.

“It is very exciting. It’s a huge amount of support for all the ground-level efforts happening in the Schoharie basin,” she said.

The job is not for people looking to make big money — participants will earn just $927 per month and must sign on for a full year. There are some limited benefits, including any student loans being placed in “forbearance” during service.

Many VISTA participants work on a project from two to five years, Goodrich said.

For the Schoharie project, VISTA workers will not be doing “hands-on” work. Instead, they will focus on event coordination, grant writing and community development, donations coordination and distribution, agricultural-based business and community development, business and community development, volunteer coordination and construction coordination.

The application process will take place in two steps. Once resumes are reviewed, candidates will be contacted and invited to the second phase.

Applications and letters of interest can be sent via email to info@saltrecovery.org. More information can be learned by calling SALT at 702-5017.

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