AmeriCorps VISTA Program

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 12 new VISTA members each year to help build capacity at some of our partner agencies, for a minimal investment on the partner agency’s part. VISTA Members serve for one year of time. Their service is spent working at one of our host sites or partner agencies.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a nationwide program with thousands of members each year. AmeriCorps VISTA places individuals at organizations that work to eradicate poverty. VISTA began in 1965 as a way to alleviate poverty, and in 1993 was brought under the umbrella of the larger AmeriCorps program.

AmeriCorps VISTA members serve for one year of service (12 months). They serve at a variety of host sites, working on projects that center on poverty reduction. In our community, that can look like a variety of things. From working on food deserts, to legal aid, to expanding access to health care, our AmeriCorps VISTA members alleviate poverty in many ways.

Unlike other AmeriCorps programs, VISTA members do not work on direct service projects. Instead, VISTA members work behind the scenes to strengthen programs, coordinate volunteers, and raise funds for their organization. This is known as capacity building.

Step Up Savannah frequently recruits for VISTA positions when they become available. Positions are available all throughout the year, and often we are recruiting for more than one position.

Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA has many benefits. You receive a living stipend, get money for school or student loans, job experience, relocation allowance, and more! To see all of the benefits, visit the AmeriCorps VISTA page: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/life-vista-member

Step Up currently partners with eight agencies to place a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA Member. These sites include Step Up Savannah, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, The Mediation Center, Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Park Place Outreach, Safety Net Planning Council, Georgia Legal Services, Savannah/Chatham CASA, and the United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Step Up also partners with six agencies to place Summer Associates for 8 weeks of service. Sites and positions will be posted for these 2021 summer positions at the beginning of the year.

Currently Seeking

Program & Development VISTA – Consumer Credit Counseling Services

– Learn more about this position and apply now: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=64113

AmeriCorps members are dedicated to strengthening communities. AmeriCorps members can choose to commit to service anywhere from 3 months to a year

Step Up Savannah is currently seeking new partners to host an AmeriCorps VISTA. The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 year is Thursday, September 17th.