AmeriCorps VISTA Program

 

 

What is AmeriCorp VISTA?
AmeriCorps is a network of national and community service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is an AmeriCorps program working to eradicate poverty in communities since 1964. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents, and passion of more than 8,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.

 

VISTA Core Principles

Economic Opportunity
Education Community
Healthy Futures
Veterans and Military Families

VISTA Focus Areas

Anti-Poverty Focus
Empowerment
Capacity Building
Sustainable Solutions

VISTAs commit to full-time service for one year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that tackle poverty. They increase the ability of organizations to reach their clients and provide effective services.

VISTAs support programs that:

Improve literacy
Expand job opportunities
Develop financial assets

Reduce homelessness
Improve health services
Increase housing opportunities

Increase economic opportunities for low-income veterans and military families

Ocoee Region
In our community, the United Way of the Ocoee Region began serving as a VISTA sponsor in 2013. The United Way saw the opportunity to provide nonprofit organizations with a valuable asset to increase their capacity and assist in alleviating poverty in our community.  Since that time, more than 70 VISTAs have served in the Ocoee Region.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program has been a great success in our community. In 2019 there will be 17 community organizations receiving the support of a VISTA for a full year. In the summer of 2019, there will be 10 Summer Associate VISTAs placed in our community.

 

VISTAs work behind the scenes to increase the ability of organizations to continue the important work they are doing.
 

This year, our VISTAs will:

Establish volunteer programs
Research and write grants
Build relationships with supporters
Increase community engagement
Develop funding plans
Create marketing strategies
Establish efficient business processes

What are YOU doing this year?

Benefits include:

Living allowance
Housing stipend
Healthcare benefits
Professional development

AmeriCorps VISTA is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 18+.
After a successful year, VISTAs receive the choice of a Segal Education Award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1800).

 

Ready to join our team?

 

 

 

 

Timeline:

                 Recruitment                                                  August - October 2018
               Application Materials Submission Deadline October 8 at 5:00 PM
                        Interviews                                                     October 15 - November 16
       Offer Position to Chosen Applicants             November 2018
           VISTA Member begins year of service         February 18, 2019

 

For more information about the United Way's VISTA program, contact vista@unitedwayocoee.org or 423-479-2020.

For more information about the national VISTA program, visit americorps.gov/vista.