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Greater South Sound VISTA

Greater South Sound Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) 

United Way of Thurston County's Greater Sound Sound VISTA program aims to reduce poverty through service at local nonprofits, educational institutions, and public agencies. We offer a ten-week summer opportunity and a one-year opportunity. Yearlong members conduct capacity-building activities, such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment. Summer Associates can be assigned similar capacity-building activities or focus on direct service with program clients. Yearlong members receive a living allowance, end-of-service award, healthcare benefits plan, childcare assistance (if eligible), loan forbearance and interest accrual or deferment on qualified student loans, relocation assistance, comprehensive leave, and Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) status for federal employment for one year. Summer Associates receive a living allowance and end-of-service award. 


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All applicants must apply through My AmeriCorps. To access My AmeriCorps, check out our list of open positions below, and click “click here to learn more and apply." Please contact the Greater South Sound Recruitment VISTA Leader at 360-995-4282 with any questions about the application process. 




VISTA Opportunities

Full Year of Service (40 hours/week)

October 10, 2022 - October 9, 2023



Cooperative Special Projects Coordinator at Northwest Cooperative Development Center (Olympia, WA) 

[Hybrid Position] Flexible schedule, either 5 or 4 days a week. The goal of this VISTA project is to evaluate NWCDC's current processes, craft new systems, document successful ventures, and propose new methods for delivering training and assistance. Accomplishing these goals will result in more affordable homes being preserved and more cooperative workers being empowered. In the course of fulfilling these objectives, a VISTA member would become experienced in the cooperative business model and will acquire experience taking a project through many stages beginning with research and visioning and ending with launching and evaluating success. Key objectives include 1) systems improvement within a nonprofit 2) mapping and documentation of clients, sectors, and essential job functions 3) participation in and improvement of training delivery including the preparation and delivery of a new training events.

Click to learn more and apply here.



Food is Medicine Project Coordinator at Nature Nurture Farmacy (Chehalis, WA) 

Mostly at the office, with regular visits to project partner sites. The project integrates with community service agencies, schools, farms, and community gardens. Mostly 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with some evening or weekend hours according to partner availability. You will serve as the Project Coordinator in this position, serving directly with Nature Nurture Farmacy's Executive Director. You will be the primary contact for NNF's Food is Medicine Project, joining a project team made up of local chefs and nutritionists, tribal partners, representatives from a broad spectrum of community organizations, public school personnel, and students. Your assignment will include tracking project timelines, creating systems to capture data, developing communication materials, developing operational systems, forming new local partnerships, preparing grant applications, and additional responsibilities.

Position has been filled.



Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Turning Point Survivor Advocacy Center (Shelton, WA) 

[Hybrid Position] Monday through Friday, regular business hours with an occasional event to support. In this position, you will build capacity for our communications and marketing efforts using visual and oral, written communication skills. This is a great opportunity to have some autonomy and exercise creativity. The member will directly see how their efforts impact the mission and the work in the community. Activities will include: 1. Build capacity for awareness events and fundraising events 2. Update website content 3. Update and contribute to social media posts 4. Craft and send email blasts, annual report, and year-end letters 5. Explore new avenues for communications 6. Support the mission at Turning Pointe with effective communication about programs 7. Raise awareness about advocacy 8. Refine Communications Calendar.

Position has been filled.


Volunteer and Intern Coordinator at Turning Point Survivor Advocacy Center (Shelton, WA)

M to F business hours with some evenings or weekends for special events. In this position, you will be responsible for designing and launching a sustainable volunteer/intern program that will enable us to serve more survivors experiencing poverty. The VISTA project will result in an official volunteer and intern program at Turning Pointe that will be able to continue growing past its first year. You will create the program from the ground up, gleaning best practices from other nonprofits and staff that have volunteer/intern experience. Your VISTA assignment will include: 1) Designing the program 2) Recruiting volunteers and interns 3) Training and retaining volunteers and interns 4) Designing and implementing processes for evaluating and recognizing volunteers

Click to learn more and apply here.



Resiliency Outreach and Design Coordinator at United Way of Clallam County (Port Angeles, WA) 

The member will have choices of remote, hybrid, or in-person service as COVID-19 safety precautions allow. In this position, you will assist in building resilience through fostering trauma-sensitive care. Service activities will include designing and strengthening Clallam Resilience Project’s outreach and capacity building for our project and partners. You will familiarize, assess, and evaluate our project and local efforts to assist in the effective development of the project’s educational plan, implementation, and sustainability. You will create online and in-person outreach about trauma-sensitive care by celebrating successes, supporting individual partners, and enhancing the collaboration of community organizations. The collective efforts in understanding and engaging in trauma sensitivity are also developing anti-poverty capacity building for agencies and our community.

Position has been filled.



Volunteer Training and Communications Coordinator at Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (Tacoma, WA) 

[Hybrid Position] Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Some weekends may be required. This VISTA position will build capacity within the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) by supporting volunteer management, training and communications. She/he/they will support and coordinate emergency trainings and exercises for our members, identify gaps in our volunteer skills and abilities, recruit volunteers through communication and social media strategies, and build capacity for existing teams and programs. As a result, the MRC will be better prepared to equitably serve our residents living in poverty or experiencing homelessness and build resilience for the next emergency or disaster.

Position has been filled.


Communications Specialist at Nourish Pierce County (Tacoma, WA) 

Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Occasional evenings and weekends. VISTA Duties will include 1. Review our current communication and marketing efforts. 2. Design a sustainable communication calendar. 3. Develop a strategy to build a larger brand awareness via the website and social media. 4. Coordinate and maximize our communication efforts. 5. Design and produce emails, newsletters, and other regular communication. 6. Coordinate web page marketing campaigns. 7. At the end of the service year, a comprehensive, step-by-step guide will have been created allowing for anyone to continue the work.

Click to learn more and apply here.


Food Drive Coordinator at Nourish Pierce County (Tacoma, WA) 

Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Occasional evenings and weekends. In this position, you will leverage resources to help to ensure our shelves are stocked with appropriate foods year-round, to implement and develop systems that will make food drive efforts a formal, year-round program, and to recruit volunteers to sustain the program. Specific activities include: Development of marketing materials, recruiting volunteers and food drive participants, and enhancing current strategies. The VISTA will serve as an ambassador for the agency, seeking out strategic partners and targeting specific donations.

Click to learn more and apply here.


Community Engagement and Equity Coordinator at United Way of Pierce County (Tacoma, WA) 

[Hybrid Position] Service hours will generally be normal business hours, Monday-Friday with occasional evening or weekend events/activities. UWPC’s goal is to build strong families in high-need, low-access communities by implementing projects and strategies that break down barriers to both children's and their parents’ success. This VISTA project is focused on engaging the community to center those most impacted by community issues in the process to find solutions. In this position, you will fight poverty by engaging community members to assess community needs, support individuals and families, expand partnerships, and cultivate resources (volunteer, in-kind and monetary). Specific activities will include project coordination, needs assessments, collecting data, convening advisory groups, building capacity for internal equity training, grant writing, and additional activities.

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Volunteer Recruitment and Program Eval Coordinator at Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center (Tacoma, WA) 

Monday through Friday. Candidate must have a good understanding of Microsoft Office Products, must have a mobile phone and reliable transportation. In this VISTA position, you will have the opportunity to analyze each program to determine the most efficient organizational operations so we can continue to grow. You will be responsible for collecting qualitative and quantitative information, service information, and preparing findings and reports. In addition, you will spend a significant amount of time recruiting volunteers for our myriad of human service programs. This involves responding to volunteer inquiries, collecting information on prospective volunteers, and connecting them with opportunities to volunteer.

Click to learn more and apply here.


253 Impact Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters (Tacoma, WA) 

[Hybrid Position] M-F, for 8 hours per day, often with some early morning or evening hours. Occasional weekend events. Based in the Pierce County branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the 253 Impact Coordinator will focus on recruiting and enrolling new volunteer mentors, as well as raising awareness about our work. Because we need partners from all demographic groups, this will require a willingness to think outside the box and look for new ways to connect with potential mentors and supporters. To engage new volunteers, the 253 Impact Coordinator will reach out to local businesses, community networks, service groups, and the general public. Workload will include representing Big Brothers Big Sisters at local events, plus orienting potential volunteers and partners to our work. The VISTA member will also support Pierce County-specific marketing and fundraising efforts by creating social media posts, updating our donor database, and developing PR materials.

Click to learn more and apply here.


Mobile Food Bank and Home Delivery Coordinator at Making a Difference Foundation (Tacoma, WA) 

In this position, you will develop, implement, and improve Making A Difference Foundation's systems for setting up and preparing deliveries out in the community and pickups at the food bank. You will identify new sites and events where the food bank can pop up and deliver services. You will also recruit, train, and mobilize volunteer delivery drivers, strengthening our volunteer management system. The core principles of all VISTA positions are 1) a focus on ending poverty 2) empowering the community 3) building long-term solutions, and 4) capacity building for an organization, rather than providing services directly to individuals in need. This position is part of a regional cohort - Greater South Sound VISTA, a program of United Way of Thurston County. Greater South Sound VISTA provides additional professional development opportunities, connection to United Way and AmeriCorps networks, and a unique team experience for AmeriCorps members.

Three identical positions available, click here to learn more and apply: One Two Three




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Questions? Contact Bob Harris, Recruitment VISTA Leader at (360) 995-4282  

Eligibility information: Individuals must be 18 years or older to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA. There is no upper age limit. Seniors and retired people are welcome to apply. Members must be able to commit to serving the full term of service. The term of service is one year for VISTA and VISTA Leader positions, and 10 weeks for Summer Associates.  

Benefits for Full Year VISTA

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $675.08 (pre-tax)
  • End-of-Service Award: choice of $6,495 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or approximately $1,800 cash stipend
  • Healthcare benefits plan
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment or deferment on qualified student loans
  • Service-Related Transportation
  • Relocation Assistance, $750 plus mileage, if relocating more than 50 miles
  • Comprehensive leave benefit
  • High-quality training, orientation, and professional development
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) status for one year upon completion of service
  • Unique team experience as part of United Way and AmeriCorps networks

Benefits for Summer Associates

  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $675.08 (pre-tax)
  • End-of-Service Award: choice of $1,374.60 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or approximately $345 cash stipend
  • Service-related transportation reimbursement
  • High-quality training, orientation, and professional development
  • Unique team experience as part of United Way and AmeriCorps networks

Member Experiences

"Greater South Sound VISTA has given me the professional confidence boost I needed." 

- Sunny Cada, Food Drive & Volunteer Outreach Coordinator VISTA at Nourish Pierce County

Never in a million years did I ever think that I would be working with website and program development like I am doing right now - completely revamping the food drive portion of our website, incorporating a new food drive tracking system, and fundraising platform to ensure sustainability in the food drive program. It is super exciting and I have really surprised myself. It has given me the professional confidence boost I needed and I just hope that I can continue to build on these new skills.

"Planning this event was a fantastic learning experience." 

- Audrey Widner, Resource Development Coordinator VISTA at Washington Trafficking Prevention

This past month in our VISTA service we helped Washington Trafficking Prevention put on its second annual fundraiser and organizational relaunch event. Before this fundraiser, I had never planned an event anywhere near this size and level of impact. Throughout the planning of this event I worked on everything from designing flyers and social media graphics, drafting and sending out email campaigns to supporters, booking a venue, filming and editing a promotional video, and securing in-kind donations from local community partners. My fellow VISTA Isiah played a critical role in this event as well by finding and on-boarding volunteers to help run the event. Thanks to our entire team, the night ended up being a huge success. In addition to the money we raised, and perhaps equally important, was the way we were able to bring our supporters together for a night of raising awareness and compelling care for such an important cause. Overall being a part of planning and overseeing this event was a fantastic learning experience for both Isiah and myself. 


We welcome applications from nonprofits, local and state government agencies, tribal governments, and educational institutions. Each host site receives one or more AmeriCorps members to serve full-time in the organization’s office for at least one year. Host sites pay an annual participation fee of $7,500 per member, and all other benefits are administered through AmeriCorps at no-cost to the host site.


The VISTA Host Site Application will re-open in Fall 2022. You can view last year's Request for Host Site Applications here. To sign up for email alerts about future hosting opportunities, click here