AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is a highly professional and rigorous national service program, through which members serve in capacity building roles.

Full-time, One-year VISTA Service

As an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), you can build capacity and infrastructure development to solve community problems and to help strengthen individuals and communities. Through activities such as grant writing, establishment of community volunteer recruitment and management systems, fundraising, IT related infrastructure, community outreach, and collaborative development, VISTA members mobilize local resources to address community needs.  VISTA members generally do not provide direct service, such as working directly with children or leading family activities, and instead focus on capacity building efforts. VISTAs focus efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity with the goal of achieving transformative and sustainable outcomes.

Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Center For Family Services is a great way for you to positively impact an area of high need, and also provides an excellent professional development opportunity.

Complete the 2-step process below to apply for AmeriCorps VISTA Service:

#1) Complete the Apply to Serve Questionnaire through Center For Family Services VISTA Applicant Portal. Note: you will need to register in the Center For Family Servcies Portal in order to apply. 

#2) Apply for national service through the My AmeriCorps Portal. You will need to register and complete an application in the My AmeriCorps Portal in order to apply for any positions that interest you.

Full-time, One-Year Positions:

Qualifications for One Year VISTA Service


Testimonials

VISTA service provides perspective that is essential in our increasingly diverse and ever changing society.
- Robert S.

VISTA service enhances new skills and allows you to give back to the community that you are a part of.
- Colin F.

VISTA members have increased enrollment in 83% of programs where they have served.
 

Qualifications/Requirements

All VISTA placements at Center For Family Services are contingent upon a drug screening and criminal background check. For certain positions, medical testing including physical and PPD are also required. All positions require a high school diploma or G.E.D. Many positions require an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree. 

Program Benefits

AmeriCorps VISTA Members receive the following benefits (for full-time; one-year terms):

  • Living allowance of $14,960.40/year ($575.40 biweekly before taxes)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 payable to a lender or educational institution (to be used toward student loans) or graduate school OR $1800 cash award upon end of service. Please note, both the education award and cash award considered taxable. 
  • Many universities match the education award for graduate programs
  • Forbearance for federal loans- accrued interest from the year is covered by CNCS
  • 10 days of vacation leave and 10 days of medical leave
  • Limited health benefits
  • Housing is not provided for VISTA members, but members relocating from a distance of 50 miles or more are provided up to $750 to assist with relocation expenses. This $750 is dispersed as part of the first check VISTAs receive with their living allowance payment (this first living allowance check is received 2-3 weeks into service).

Contact

Contact our Volunteer/VISTA Coordinator, Del-Charrese Densley, by email or at 856.651.7553 x40200 for more information.

Funding

AmeriCorps VISTA is a program funded through AmeriCorps