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Stewards VISTA: Friends of Anacostia - Institutional Engagement Coordinator


AmeriCorps VISTA

Job Location

Washington, District of Columbia

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Program Benefits

  • Relocation Allowance
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Living Allowance
  • Choice of Education Award ($6895) or End of Service Stipend
  • $700 monthly rental stipend
  • Training
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility for Federal Hiring
  • PTO, Sick days, and Holidays


Anacostia has endured decades of poorly planned infrastructural investment and adverse city planning decisions—from the establishment of racially segregated recreation areas, the creation of a sewage infrastructure that polluted the River or the interstate construction that cut off nearby neighborhoods from the Park—and the demographics of Wards 7 & 8 reflect those decades of disinvestment. Nearly 92% of residents east of the Anacostia River are Black, with an average household income that is less than half the City's average. Nearly 1 out of 5 Anacostians are unemployed, whereas only 1 out of 25 Washingtonians are jobless. Only 25% of Ward 8 residents own their homes, so the specter of green gentrification hangs over all talk of "revitalization." Ward 7 and 8 residents live in food swamps and physical activity deserts--with poor access to affordable produce and few places to recreate safely outdoors. Disinvestment in Anacostia has led to the pollution of the Anacostia River and the deterioration of Anacostia Park's natural and built environment--depriving nearby residents of a crucial physical, mental and social health asset. Past remediation efforts have cut BIPOC residents out of the planning process, leading to the outsourcing of green jobs and the inequitable development of surrounding areas. We work to undo this legacy of institutional neglect through community engagement that leverages the expertise and passion of local residents, ensuring that the restoration of the Park is rooted in the needs of the community. All friends groups are tasked with protecting the environment, but not all friends groups serve under-resourced national parks in communities suffering from decades of economic atrophy.


Member Duties

  • Research organizations doing similar work and create a comprehensive list of the funders—individual and institutional—that are funding the work
  • Conduct prospect research to get a sense of giving history and best ways to engage prospects; Work with ED to identify connections to prospects via the Board of Directors
  • Create points of entry into our mission for prospects so folks can witness the power of our work firsthand
  • Draft grant proposals and reports; craft individual donor campaigns on social media
  • Engage volunteers and attend community events to grow our base of stakeholders
  • Use high-leverage communication strategies to market our mission and grow our network


Service Terms

Education, Children/Youth, Health, Elder Care, Community and Economic Development, Homelessness, Ex-Offender Reentry, Environment, Neighborhood Revitalization, Technology, Community Outreach, Public Safety

Required Skills

  • Communications
  • Fund raising/Grant Writing
  • Writing/Editing
  • Desire to make a big impact!

Required Experience

High School Diploma/GED

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