AmeriCorps VISTA Project

 

AmeriCorps VISTA:

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for 1 full year at a community organization on anti-poverty projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members work on projects that build the capacity of their organization.

 

Goal of COMPACT’s VISTA Project:

To support McLean County’s overarching goal to have 60% of the population with a postsecondary credential by 2025 while focusing on equitable access to success.  The VISTA project will increase COMPACT’s ability to serve more people and new populations, while also expanding the types of workforce development services provided.  VISTA resources will move people out of poverty by addressing two factors that can lead individuals to poverty; employment and education.  

 

Two Openings at COMPACT:

  • Resource Development VISTA:  focus on resource  development  (including volunteer resources as well as cash and in-kind resources) that support and expand COMPACT’s portfolio of programs.
    • Full VISTA Assignment Descriptions available HERE
  • Community Engagement VISTA: focus on marketing and outreach that enhance community coordination of workforce development efforts in McLean County.
    • Full VISTA Assignment Descriptions available  HERE 

 

Deadline for Application was:  April 17, 2020

 

Qualification:

Applicants need to be over 18 years old when they start their AmeriCorps VISTA service and must have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens.   There is no upper age limit to apply to AmeriCorps VISTA. 

 

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should have some college experience/work experience; interest in workforce development and community engagement; strong communication skills, ability to problem-solve, and aptitude to work in a team environment is required.   Must be able to navigate challenges and stressors well, provide excellent customer service and thrive in a professional environment.  

 

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, experience with working with a diverse audience, public speaking and writing/editing experience.  

 

We are seeking applicants with characteristics that align with COMPACT Core Values of 1) Collaborations, 2) Commitment, 3) Equity, 4) Innovation, and 5) Outcome Focused.


How to Apply: 

Applications are currently under review.

Find more AmeriCorps VISTA positions through the AmeriCorps Portal:  my.americorps.gov

The application includes a profile (basic demographic info) and an application that includes work and community service history, motivational statement, and two references.

 

You can either "Search Listings" or "Register to create a New Member/ Alum account".  Please note, that to officially apply for a position, you must first create a profile/account through the My AmeriCorps portal.

 

Service Term: 

This is a 12-month service term, starting on June 8, 2020 and ending on June 7, 2021.

 

Benefits of Service: 

AmeriCorps VISTA is more than a service opportunity, you will also build valuable leadership and project management skills. You will start service with an orientation and have access to professional development opportunities throughout the year. As a capacity-builder, you will be focused on sustainability supporting local organizations and agencies. You will be gaining professional experience and building skills as you learn, experiment, and adapt to a new environment while delivering outcomes.  Members receive a $12,456 living allowance and an end-of-service award which is a selection between a $6,195 education award or $1,800 cash stipend.  Members also receive paid time off and relocation reimbursement (if eligible) and have access to Health Care Benefit options. Loan forbearance and deferment is also available for qualified student loans, and members with children under the age of 13 may qualify for VISTA childcare benefit.  More information on VISTA Benefits of Service can be found at:  https://www.vistacampus.gov/members/benefits-of-service

 

More information: 

To learn more about our open postions, please contact Jancy LaFollette, COMPACT Manager, at jancy@mcleancochamber.org or at 309-829-1185.  

 

To find out about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, in general, please visit: www.nationalservice.gov

 

History:

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) was envisioned by President Kennedy to be a domestic Peace Corps. President Johnson enacted VISTA as part of the War on Poverty. VISTA is over 50 years old and by joining, you are entering a community with more than 200,000 passionate individuals who have gone on to careers in every sector of this economy. President Johnson’s words are as relevant today as they were when the first class of VISTAs were sworn into service: "Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man.”