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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.  VISTAs 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 Market 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

History

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was an idea originally created by President John F. Kennedy and first implemented by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It was envisioned as a domestic complement to the Peace Corps, a way to fight poverty in America with the help of Americans from all walks of life who would commit to one year of full-time service. The first VISTAs served in 1965, and this year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of the VISTA program. VISTA became a part of Americorps when the latter was created in 1993.

VISTA Today

Over 46 million Americans live in poverty today, and over 7,000 VISTAs work to fight poverty annually. Some of the most well-known anti-poverty programs in the United States, such as Head Start and credit unions, were originally created by VISTA members. Most VISTA members commit to spend one year serving with a nonprofit organization or public agency. Additionally, there are VISTA Summer Associates who spend eight to ten weeks assisting an existing Americorps VISTA project during the summer months. AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance. Members who serve for a year also receive limited health benefit options, childcare, if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend. 

What VISTA Members Do

AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation's poorest urban and rural areas. 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 or building homes. Instead, they 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. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. 

In each case, VISTAs are strengthening an organization so it can continue to serve the needs of the community once AmeriCorps VISTA's support has ended.

This information is taken from http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista. For more information on VISTA or any other Americorps program, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.

APPLY NOW

  • New positions will be posted soon. For more information or to apply, please click the tilte of the position below in which you are interested.

    • AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates (Coming Soon)

Benefits:

  • $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

Questions about applying to be a VISTA with the Office of College Acccess Programs? Call our office at 910-672-1034.


To learn more the partnership between Americorps VISTA and HBCUs, click here to download a fact sheet featuring Fayetteville State University's VISTA project!

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

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

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