The Advancement Foundation and AmeriCorps
The Advancement Foundation has been chosen to serve as an Intermediary Agency for the AmeriCorps VISTA program. As an Intermediary Agency, The Advancement Foundation will manage VISTA members who will be assigned different projects within the community aimed at fighting poverty and improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals.
I joined AmeriCorps VISTA because it gave me the opportunity to put my ideas into action. Through AmeriCorps, I gained practical experience in community development, which I plan to use for the rest of my life. This is a unique and valuable opportunity, and it was well worth the challenges it presented.
– David Brankey, AmeriCorps VISTA
What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, members can make a tangible difference and they will find the fulfillment that comes from using their knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers In Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front line in the fight against poverty in America for almost 50 years.
What Do VISTA Members Do?
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local governmental agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health service, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment and hard work, you will create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Through The Advancement Foundation, VISTA members will have the potential to engage in service learning to the community under the guided supervision by Foundation staff and various nonprofit Directors. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Working alongside nonprofit staff to implement development campaigns
- Developing and implementing training materials and curriculum for volunteer orientations, use of database technology, and/or site-based procedures (IE: food distributions center’s protocols)
- Coordinating and executing mass appeals to donors (direct mailings, phone-a-thons, listserv contacts)
- Strategic planning and organizational assessments
- Grant writing and funding research
- Coordinating volunteers and sponsorships for annual events, etc.
The Benefits of VISTA Service
By serving through VISTA, you will gain new skills, friends and experiences – plus you will get the satisfaction that comes from serving others. During your service you will also receive a modest living allowance, health care and other benefits. Upon completing your service you can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a post-service stipend.
If you are interested in learning about VISTA opportunities and The Advancement Foundation contact Ashley Wilson at VISTALeader@TheAdvancementFoundation.org. If you are interested in seeking VISTA support for your organization, please visit AmeriCorps VISTA or email Judy Wood at JudyW.TAF@gmail.com.