Love Your Block
About The Program
On behalf of Mayor Byron W. Brown, we would like to share news with you about an exciting opportunity allowing the city of Buffalo to recruit for our region’s most talented individuals to serve as AmeriCorps VISTA members in the Mayor’s Division of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo new Love Your Block Initiative. We are looking to immediately hire two candidates to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to prevent or eliminate property blight through home repairs, crime prevention, lot transformations, and community clean-ups.
What is Love Your Block
Love Your Block (LYB) is a high-impact service strategy that brings together mayors and citizens to revitalize their neighborhoods one block at a time. In most instances, the city provides competitive mini-grants to community groups to purchase the supplies needed to implement local, volunteer-led projects and coordinate city government services. We believe that our communities are stronger when we all work together. For that reason, we have identified you as a community leader that could help us identify the right candidates for this exhilarating position.
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member comes with a range of benefits. Members receive a daily living allowance, the Segal Education Award valued at $5,920, used toward educational costs or student loans, or a cash stipend at the end of the term, non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs, and federal student loan forbearance. This is an opportunity to work with the Mayor’s office and other City departments through an anti-poverty focus to find sustainable solutions to empower the community.
The City is seeking those who are interested in furthering their career by serving in local government. A qualified candidate will be passionate about increasing civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, or helping local leaders address a high-impact service strategy that connects city leaders with community residents to help revitalize their neighborhoods, one block at a time.
How to Apply
To apply for Buffalo’s Love Your Block Initiative within the Mayor’s Division of Citizen Services, please e-mail Director Oswaldo Mestre at [email protected] or email Juweria Dahir, Program Manager, at [email protected] Additionally, you may apply online at Love Your Block VISTA. We have immediate openings and limited placements. So please encourage those who may be interested to apply immediately as interviews are ongoing.