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Greater South Sound VISTA

Greater South Sound Volunteers in Service to America (GSSVISTA) provides talented, passionate AmeriCorps members to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments.

Our goal is to create or enhance anti-poverty programs by expanding the capacity of local organizations. We work with organizations in seven Washington state counties (Thurston, Pierce, Clallam, Lewis, Mason, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor County) from our headquarters at United Way of Thurston County in Olympia, WA. 

 

AmeriCorps members in the GSSVISTA program serve full-time in an office setting and gain experience and leadership skills. Organizations can assign a range of capacity-building activities to the member. These include fundraising, program design, grant writing, communications, research, and volunteer recruitment. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.  

 

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​Contact for prospective members:

Bowen Yu, Greater South Sound Recruitment VISTA Leader

recruitmentvistaleader@unitedway-thurston.org

360-943-2773 x124

 

Eligibility 

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.  

 

How to Apply

Here is a guide explaining how to complete the My AmeriCorps application. To access My AmeriCorps, check out our list of open positions below, and click “click here to learn more and apply." Please contact recruitmentvistaleader@unitedway-thurston.org with any questions about the application process.

 

Interested in serving with AmeriCorps VISTA? Join AmeriCorps for a webinar for more information. Webinars are offered twice monthly. Chose your date and register to get the basics. Register Here

 

Benefits of Service

 

Benefits for Full Year VISTA
  • Bi-weekly living allowance of $575.40 - $613.48 (pre-tax)

  • End-of-Service Award: choice of $6,345 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 $513.94-$613.48 (pre-tax)

  • End-of-Service Award: choice of $1,311 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or $273-345 cash stipend

  • Service-related transportation reimbursement

  • High-quality training, orientation, and professional development

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

Summer Associate Opportunities

The Term of Service for Summer Associates is 10 weeks, 40 hours per week.

 

Recruitment for the 2021 Summer Associate cohort has closed, check back in Spring of 2022 for new opportunities!

 

VISTA Opportunities (Full Year)

Year of Service (1 Full Year, 40 hours/week)

 

Orting Veterans Village (Orting, WA) - Veterans Engagement Coordinator VISTA

Want to make a difference in a veterans life? Join us at the Orting Veterans Village and work with homeless veterans in a communal atmosphere.

Click here to learn more and apply! 

 

South Sound YMCA (Olympia, WA) - Advancement & Outreach Coordinator VISTA 

Make a lasting impact and launch your nonprofit career by learning how to implement best practices in fundraising and communications…the most important skills for nonprofit leaders!

Click here to learn more and apply! 

 

Making A Difference Foundation (Tacoma, WA) - Mobile Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator VISTA 

MADF is a nonprofit, charitable organization with the mission to make a difference in the lives of others one person at a time by helping them acquire food, housing encouragement and opportunity. 

Click here to learn more and apply! 

 

United Way of Thurston County (Olympia, WA) - Community Engagement VISTA 

Develop your program coordination skills and start your nonprofit career! 

Click here to learn more and apply! 

 

Year of Service: March 14, 2022 - March 13, 2023 (1 Year, 40 hours/week)

United Way of Thurston County (Olympia, WA) - Social Media VISTA 

Develop your digital communications skills and start your nonprofit career!  

Application Link Coming Soon!

 

VISTA Leader Opportunities (Full Year)

We are currently only recruiting for the Recruitment VISTA Leader position.

VISTA Leaders must have prior AmeriCorps State/National/NCCC, Peace Corps, or AmeriCorps VISTA experience.

 

Recruitment VISTA Leader at United Way of Thurston County (Olympia, WA)

As the VISTA Leader for recruitment, your Year of Service will focus on 1) Working with 17 hiring managers at local nonprofits to recruit and interview a diverse team of qualified AmeriCorps members to serve in United Way of Thurston County's Greater South Sound VISTA program and 2) Researching and meeting with potential new host sites that are fighting poverty in our region.

Engagement VISTA Leader at United Way of Thurston County (Olympia, WA) 

As the remote Engagement VISTA Leader for Greater South Sound VISTA, you will develop strategies to ensure each AmeriCorps has a positive experience during their Year of Service. You will be responsible for planning team meetings, offering peer support to members, creating engaging digital communications to reach members, and more. 

 


Become a Host Site

The Greater South Sound VISTA program is seeking applications from organizations interested in hosting a full-time AmeriCorps member for one year, starting in either August 2022 or November 2022. 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.

 

Applications are due January 31, 2022. For application instructions and more information about hosting, please see the Request for Applications. For additional assistance regarding the application, please contact Sarah McWilliams, Greater South Sound VISTA Program Manager, at smcwilliams@unitedway-thurston.org or call (360) 943-2773 x122. 

 

To sign up for email alerts about future hosting opportunities, click here

 

Impact in the Greater South Sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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. (Also pictured: Isiah Cocroft, Youth Engagement Coordinator at Washington Trafficking Prevention)