AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.

Step Up acts as an intermediary for AmeriCorps VISTA, and brings in 4-5 new VISTA members each year to help build capacity at some of our partner agencies, for minimal investment on the partner agency’s part.

Currently, we are recruiting for 2 year-round & 6 summer AmeriCorps VISTAs.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Apply today for open AmeriCorps VISTA positions in Savannah/Chatham County.

Summer AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Summer VISTA commit to serving FT with an agency for 8 weeks (June 4- July 29) and receive a stipend of $1,026 per month. In addition, at the completion of service, VISTAs can choose between and an additional stipend of $276 or an education award of $1252. (Education awards can be used to pay for student loans or new tuition.)  This is a great opportunity for college students (or anyone else!) to gain valuable experience working with youth and make a difference at the same time.

Apply today for one of the six opportunities.

Step Up Savannah AmeriCorps VISTA Project Impact

(May 2016-May 2017)

  • During the last project year, Step Up hosted 7 AmeriCorps VISTA members.
  • VISTA served at: Step Up, Georgia Legal Services Program, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Savannah, Wesley Community Center, Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Chatham Emergency Management Agency
  • New sites this project year: Lutheran Services of Georgia, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council
  • Chatham Emergency Management Agency is hosting its first VISTA in response to Hurricane Matthew. This position is funded by a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

During the last project year, VISTA’s helped to:

  • Recruit over 300 community volunteers
    • volunteers performed over 6600 hours of service
  • Manage over 200 community volunteers
    • volunteers performed over 6900 hours of service
  • Secure over $272,000 in cash resources and $11,700 in “in-kind” resources
  • Connect over 3700 Savannah/Chatham residents to financial education opportunities
  • Enable agencies to serve over 11,000 residents with asset building services
  • Support host agencies in assisting 111 individuals to complete job training programs
  • Connect 305 new EBT customers to local food through the Forsyth Farmers’ Market
  • Present disaster preparedness training to 25 individuals through CEMA (that VISTA position began May 2017)
  • Support Wesley Community Center in helping 88 children to complete early childhood programs