The Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA will be an essential member of the team for this growing non-profit organization. The Programs and Events Coordinator will serve to expand, organize, and promote the “Healthy Parks Healthy People” programs and events, including the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge hikes, the Discover Your Parks Walks, the Dementia Friendly Nature Walks, and the Truckee Meadows Parks Project. These efforts help ensure that low-income youth and adults are being active and involved in their local parks. This VISTA position includes maintaining relationships with partner organizations, increasing Parks Foundation community outreach, and the improvement and expansion of programs and events.
The mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is to support the parks departments operating in Truckee Meadows including Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County parks. This is accomplished primarily by providing in-park educational and health-based programming for community engagement. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that began operating in 2013. Current programs focus on improving community health and wellness and developing people’s appreciation for the natural and cultural history found in local parks. A special emphasis is placed on increasing access to free programming for low income community members in order to improve education and health outcomes for people living in poverty.
Service Location: Reno, NV
Timeline for Service: February 18, 2020 - February 17, 2021
Expand, improve, and maintain the “Healthy Parks Healthy People” programs including: Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge hikes, Discover Your Parks walks, and Dementia Friendly Nature Walks;
Strengthen the online Truckee Meadows Parks Project database by expanding available content, organizing information, and promoting the program’s educational value to the community;
Collaborate with the Communications Coordinator VISTA and Parks Foundation team to increase community outreach and engagement in programs;
Maintain existing “Healthy Parks Healthy People” partnerships and forge new relations with community partner organizations and stakeholders.
Create and expand guided hiking materials such as program outlines and interactive props for hikes.