Title: Partnership Development VISTA
Sponsoring Organization: LifeBridge Community Services
Project Name: LifeBridge Community Services
Project Number: 19VSACT001
Project Period: 07/21/2019 – 08/15/2020
Site Name (if applicable): LifeBridge Community Services
Focus Area(s)
Primary: Economic Opportunity
Secondary: Capacity Building

VISTA Assignment Objectives and Member Activities

Goal of the Project: The LifeBridge Community Services AmeriCorps VISTA project will
enhance and expand existing services at the LifeBridge Community Closet, which
provides free clothing and household supplies to low-income residents as a first step to
meeting basic needs required for educational and employment success. The
Partnership Development VISTA will primarily focus on establishing new and
strengthening existing partnerships with the Community Closet.

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance: 9/3/2019 – 9/1/2020)
Establish new and strengthen existing organizational partnerships for the Lifebridge Community Closet.

Member Activity: Work with PT Partners at PT Barnum Housing to support their mini-community
closet.
Member Activity: Work with potential and existing key partners within the 06604 and 06605 zip
codes to expand LifeBridge’s impact.
Member Activity: Research new and existing partners.
Member Activity: Prepare messages for emails, letters, and meetings with potential partners.
Member Activity: Develop memoranda of agreement with partners about expectations and
deliverables.
Member Activity: Develop and implement follow-up protocols and schedules with partners to keep
them engaged.
Member Activity: In collaboration with the Volunteer Management VISTA, develop recognition for
partners.
Member Activity: Conduct outreach.
Member Activity: In collaboration with the Community Outreach VISTA, seek groups to run targeted
clothing drives, for example school uniforms.

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance: 9/3/2019 – 9/1/2020)
Establish new retail partnerships with stores that may be interested in donating new clothing at the end of
a season to make room for the next season’s clothing

Member Activity: Research area retail and mail order stores as possible partners.
Member Activity: Prepare messages for emails, letters, and meetings with potential partners.
Member Activity: Develop a Community Closet brochure outlining the program to retailers.
Member Activity: Conduct Outreach.
Member Activity: Develop memoranda of agreement with partners about expectations and
deliverables.
Member Activity: Develop and implement follow-up protocols and schedules with partners to keep
them engaged.
Member Activity: In collaboration with the Volunteer Management VISTA, develop recognition for
partners.

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance: 9/3/2019 – 9/1/2020)
Establish new community partnerships with clothing recyclers that will take stained and worn clothing that
has been donated but that is not suitable for resale.

Member Activity: Research clothing recyclers and determine the market for rags.
Member Activity: Make contact with the City of Bridgeport to explore potential recycling
opportunities.
Member Activity: Develop a system for volunteers to identify clothing not appropriate for the
Community Closet.
Member Activity: Develop a system for removing unsuitable clothing from the Community Closet.

Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance: 9/3/2019 – 9/1/2020)
Help identify potential funding partnerships.

Member Activity: Research retail partnership’s corporate funding opportunities.
Member Activity: Research foundations for potential grant opportunities.
Objective of the Assignment (Period of Performance: 9/3/2019 – 9/1/2020)
Work with the Volunteer Management VISTA and the Partnership Development VISTA to help direct the
overall project, assuring that the Community Closet is meeting the needs of the target population.
Member Activity: Work with staff members to establish an advisory group of beneficiaries.
Member Activity: Meet with the advisory group periodically to determine what is important to them,
what is working, and to get input on the project.
Member Activity: Develop and implement shopper survey that captures impact of community closet.
Member Activity: Develop and implement volunteer assessment tool that captures their volunteer
experience, perspective on operations and client impact.