WHAT is AmeriCorps VISTA?
In America, 37 million individuals live in poverty. The AmeriCorps VISTA program was designed in 1965, specifically to fight poverty through volunteerism. AmeriCorps VISTA members:
- Serve full-time for one year
- Focus on alleviating poverty and improving the community
- Engage individuals in local community service
- Live on a provided modest allowance and healthcare benefits
- After one year of service, members receive either an educational award or cash
WHEN can I start?
Positions are available year round depending on need. Most positions start during the summer months. Those interested can contact Lisa Hammon at Lisah@unitedwayuc.org for more information.
WHAT are AmeriCorps VISTAs doing?
Currently there are 19 VISTA members on United Way of Utah County's Volunteer Empowerment Project. These VISTAs serve in Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake and work on a variety of projects. They generally do not provide direct service, but instead focus on building the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of an organization to fight poverty in their community.
United Way of Utah County's VISTAs:
- Run the South Franklin Community Center to have educational and social activities that unify the neighborhood.
- Developing an Education Initiative, Everyday Learners, to help help Utah County children succeed in school.
- Expand 2-1-1, a hotline for community service referrals and volunteer opportunities in Utah County
- Establish and expand programs targeted to help kids with developmental delays.
- Expand the Circles Initiative and Community Garden in Utah County to help people get out of poverty.
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