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What VISTA Members Do

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a non-profit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work,  they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, (such as tutoring children), but instead focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities.  VISTA's develop programs to meet a need, write  grants, and recruit and train volunteers.

As a VISTA you can:

  • Build and cultivate community partnerships
  • Develop a College Access Marketing Plan
  • Write mini-grants to leverage resources
  • Recruit tutors, mentors, and career speakers
  • Develop a Volunteer Training Program
  • Establish programming designed to asssist low-income students
  • Develop a Community Advisory Committee
  • Maintain a Parenting Institute


New positions are open for VISTAs to start in November 2014. For more information or to apply, please click the tilte of the position below in which you are interested.

Current VISTAs

  • Marketing Coordinator
    Jocelyn Pearce (
  • Transition to College Coordinator                                                                          Shakia Kirksey (
  • Volunteer Coordinator                                                                                              Wrennise Smith (
  • Resource Development Coordinator
    Cinthia Gonzalez-Brown (
  • Parent Involvement Specialist                                                                               Bennett Steigerwald (
  • Tutor Coordinator                                                                                              Shirley Townsend (


  • $973 (before taxes) a month for living allowance
  • Paid every two weeks
  • 10 personal and 10 sick leave days
  • Childcare allotment up to $400 per child per month

End of Service Benefits:

  • End of service stipend ($1,500) OR
  • Education Award ($5,550)
  • Non-Competitive eligibility for federal jobs

     Office of College Access Programs
    AmeriCorps VISTA Project
    Fayetteville State University
    1200 Murchison Road
    Fayetteville, NC 28301
    Chick Building, Room 120


    Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Phone: 910-672-1351
    Fax: 910-672-1699

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