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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 20 positions in the areas of Health, Economic Opportunity, Veteran Support and Education to support communities in poverty for the 2018 – 2019 Service Year. See below for more information! 

Timeline: 

January – Host Site Recruitment

March – Host Site Applications Due and Selection of Sites

April – Recruitment, VAD & Host Site Supervisor Training and Development

May – Recruitment of VISTA Candidates 

June – Recruitment of VISTA Candidates

July – Final Selection of VISTA Candidate 

August – Pre Service Orientation and In Office Start Date

 

About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is a branch of national service specifically dedicated to eliminating poverty in our communities. Originally created in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson members served in their communities as the domestic Peace Corps for almost 30 years until the Clinton administration when VISTA was woven into the newly created AmeriCorps service program, a division of the Corporation for National and Community Service and renamed “AmeriCorps VISTA.”

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

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 viability. 

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. VISTAs can help develop programs to meet a need, write grants, recruit and train volunteers. 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, to imports from other parts of the nation! We are excited to grow the team into more areas of South Western Washington and expand our opportunities for training and professional development while serving our community.

Who is eligible to be an AmeriCorps VISTA member?

Anyone 18 years or older can be an AmeriCorps VISTA, there is no upper age limit.+

Members must be U.S. citizens or national, legal permanent residents of the United States to qualify.

Most organizations seek members with college degrees or at least two years of work experience.

Many VISTAs bring significant work and life experiences to their assignment. Initiative, flexibility, and organizational skills are a must.

Fluency in Spanish or other languages is helpful in certain programs.

You must be able to serve full-time (40 hours-a-week) for one year.

You must attend an AmeriCorps Pre-Service Orientation Training either in person or online

Benefits and Compensation

•    Monthly living allowance of $940 - $985 (pre-tax)

•    $5,815 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful program completion

•    Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance

•    Childcare assistance

•    Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment on qualified student loans

•    Transportation and Relocation Assistance 

•    High-quality training and orientation

•    Unique team experience as part of United Way and AmeriCorps networks

How to apply:

Make a profile on www.my.americorps.gov  

How to Apply for AmeriCorps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JwJfJxVBU0

Complete your application with current references

Search available listings  (UWTC VISTA)

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

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 VISTAs key focus areas?

•    Veterans and Military Families

•    Economic Opportunity

•    Healthy Futures

•    Education

If you are a non-profit, an educational institution/educational service district or a local, state or tribal government in the following counties:

•    Thurston

•    Pierce

•    Lewis

•    Mason

•    Grays Harbor

•    Pacific

•    Clallam

 you may be eligible to host a VISTA with the United Way of Thurston County VISTA team!

2017 – 2018 Sites: 

United Way of Thurston County

Family Support Center of South Sound

Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps

Thurston Asset Building Coalition

United Way of Pierce County

Grays Harbor College - Fish Lab

Grays Harbor College Foundation 

Nature Nurture Farms

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

TOGETHER!

Sidewalk 

Past sites include:

Morningside

Thurston County Food Bank

CIELO

Family Education and Support Services

GRuB

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties

For all VISTA questions, please email Stacy Hicks: Volunteer Programs Coordinator at shicks@unitedway-thurston.org