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AmeriCorps VISTA

 

VISTA Position Opportunities

Are you interested in reducing poverty in your community? The AmeriCorps VISTA program is seeking motivated host sites and individuals to participate in a year of service with the United Way of Thurston County! We are recruiting AmeriCorps VISTAs to serve in the areas of education, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and veterans and military families. See below for more information! 

About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a branch of national service specifically dedicated to eliminating poverty in our communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.

The United Way of Thurston County AmeriCorps VISTA team is comprised of 20 VISTA members, who serve at organizations in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, and Clallam County. The AmeriCorps VISTA team is supported by a VISTA Leader, a former AmeriCorps VISTA who is based out of the United Way of Thurston County office. The United Way of Thurston County VISTA team participates in monthly team meetings, professional development training, days of service, and more.

Read more here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista

Who is eligible to be an AmeriCorps VISTA member?

Individuals 18 years or older can be an AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Members must be U.S. citizens or national, legal permanent residents of the United States.
  • You must be able to serve full-time for one year
  • You must attend an AmeriCorps Pre-Service Orientation to be able to serve

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Projects

  1. Children's Feeding Programs Co-Coordinator VISTA at St. Leo Food Connection
  2. Communications Coordinator VISTA at Washington Trafficking Prevention
  3. Community-Based Research Liaison VISTA at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  4. Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA at Washington Trafficking Prevention
  5. Family Services Development Associate VISTA at Child Care Action Council
  6. Hunger-Free Pierce County VISTA at United Way of Pierce County
  7. Literacy & Learning Outreach & Engagement Coordinator VISTA at South Sound Reading Foundation
  8. Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer & Program Coordinator VISTA at Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps
  9. Opioid-Focused Clinic Coordination VISTA at Capital Recovery Center
  10. Shared Housing Program Outreach Associate VISTA at Senior Services for the South Sound
  11. Systems Developer VISTA at SideWalk
  12. Training Support Associate VISTA at Kokua
  13. Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator VISTA at Lacey Veterans Services Hub
  14. Volunteer Systems Coordinator VISTA at TOGETHER!

Current Opportunities - Apply Now!

  • 253 Impact Coordinator VISTA at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound: Make a difference for kids facing tough challenges! Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking a dynamic VISTA to ensure all Pierce County youth have a mentor who can help them reach their full potential.
  • Foundational Community Supports VISTA at Serenity House of Clallam County: Ready to change lives in a supportive environment? Serenity House is seeking a motivated self-starter to develop our new Foundational Community Supports housing and employment case management program.
  • Literacy and Learning Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at South Sound Reading Foundation: Promote literacy and create potential by helping the Reading Foundation formalize its reading enrichment programs and build its volunteer base to better serve area low-income children and youth. 
  • Mobile Food Bank and Home Delivery Coordinator VISTA at Making a Difference Foundation: Be a part of Making a Difference Foundation's mission to provide basic human needs (food, housing, encouragement, and opportunity) and make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Two-Generation Program Community Outreach VISTA at United Way of Pierce County: Help build a new project in the Franklin Pierce School District to serve students and their families by focusing on projects and strategies that break down barriers to self-sufficiency.

Contact Lindsay Fujimoto, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 360-943-2773 x122 to apply. More AmeriCorps VISTA opportunities at YMCA of Grays Harbor, St. Leo Food Connection, South Sound YMCA, and Quixote Communities coming soon!

Benefits of Service

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $479.08-$542.22 (pre-tax)
  • End-of-Service Award: choice of $6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or approximately $1,800 cash stipend
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare assistance
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment or deferment on qualified student loans
  • Transportation and Relocation Assistance
  • Comprehensive leave benefit
  • High-quality training, orientation, and professional development
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) status upon completion of service
  • Unique team experience as part of United Way and AmeriCorps networks

 

Impact of the Our AmeriCorps VISTA Team

Since the start of their term of service, our AmeriCorps VISTA team has made the following impact in our community:

What can an AmeriCorps VISTA do?

AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in both urban and rural regions, creating and expanding programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a full-time year-long commitment to serve at a specific nonprofit or public agency. VISTAs are generally not providing direct services, such as building homes or tutoring children, rather they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTA service is comprised of four key components

  • Capacity Building
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Sustainability
  • Community Empowerment

Our members represent a diverse array of experiences from veterans, to parents, to recent graduates, to local community members from all over the country! We are excited to grow the team into more areas of southwestern Washington and expand our opportunities for training and professional development while serving our community.

Who is eligible to be a host site for an AmeriCorps VISTA? 

AmeriCorps VISTA operates on a 3-year program cycle. First-year VISTAs establish the programmatic needs and lay a foundation, the second year VISTA carries out the planning and the third year ensures the stability of the program to run independently of VISTA service members. This model allows organizations to make an investment in VISTA program development and the VISTAs ensure that the program can run independently of VISTA member service by recruiting volunteers or creating standard operating procedures to ensure long-term sustainability. 

Does your organization have a project with the ultimate goal of eliminating poverty in our community that you currently lack the staffing or funding to implement? Do you work in one of VISTA's key focus areas of veterans and military families, economic opportunity, healthy futures, or education?

If you are a non-profit, an educational institution/educational service district or a local, state or tribal government in Thurston, Pierce, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, or Clallam County you may be eligible to host a VISTA with the United Way of Thurston County VISTA team!

Applications to be a host site for 2020-2021 VISTA members is due January 31, 2019. Host site application rubric available upon request.

For all VISTA questions, please contact Lindsay Fujimoto, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 360-943-2773 ext 122