VISTA

A highly professional and rigorous volunteer service program, through which national service members serve full time for one year in a capacity building role.

Our AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members make a one year commitment to build capacity and infrastructure development to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Through activities such as fundraising, establishment of community volunteer recruitment and management systems, community outreach, and collaborative development, VISTA members mobilize local resources to achieve lasting solutions to poverty.  VISTA members generally do not provide direct service, such as working directly with children or leading family activities. Instead, they focus efforts on building our organizational, administrative, and financial capacity with the goal of achieving impactful and sustainable outcomes.

Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Center For Family Services is not only a great way to positively impact an area of high need, it is also an excellent professional development opportunity.


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.
 


 


 

Program Benefits

AmeriCorps VISTA members serving at Center For Family Services receive the following benefits:

    1. Living allowance of $11,828/year ($420 biweekly after tax)
    2. Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815 payable to a lender or educational institution (to be used toward student loans) or graduate school. Please note, the education award is considered taxable OR $1500 cash award upon end of service. 
    3. Many universities match the education award for graduate programs
    4. Forbearance for federal loans- accrued interest from the year is covered by CNCS
    5. 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of medical leave
    6. Limited health benefits
    7. Housing is not provided for VISTA members, but members relocating from a distance of 50 miles or more are provided up to $550 to assist with relocation expenses. This $550 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).

    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. 

    Apply to Serve

    Center For Family Services and partner organizations are currently recruiting VISTA members for the positions listed below. Click on any of the links below to learn about current opportunities for one year of service as a VISTA.  After selecting the position, you will also find a link to apply for the position through the AmeriCorps VISTA portal. 

     

    Adolescent Services Associate

    Hispanic Family Center Development & Marketing Associate

    Mental Health and Disabilities Enhancement Associate

    Promise Zone Convening Leader

    Promise Zone Get Healthy Camden Associate

    Promise Zone Literacy and Education Advocate

    Promise Zone Workforce Development Goals Associate

    Promise Zone Workforce Development Service Learning Associate

    Safe Housing Expansion Associate

    VISTA Leader

     

    Contact

    Contact our Volunteer/VISTA Coordinator, Marissa Cantu, by email or at 856.964.1990 x160 for more information.

    Funding

    AmeriCorps VISTA is a program funded through the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS).