The SerVermont VISTA Program is a comprehensive umbrella project that welcomes host sites tackling a wide array of poverty related issues in Vermont. We place members in organizations and state agencies to fight poverty across the state by increasing education and job-training opportunities, creating more food-secure communities, increasing safe and affordable housing, and serving veterans and military families. Our VISTAs build and strengthen systems in order to increase their sites capacity to provide these services to those who need them most.
Activities vary from site to site but all of our VISTA positions are guided by the VISTA Program Framework which includes an anti-poverty focus, community input and empowerment, the development of sustainable solutions, and expanding the capacity of community organizations. Members participate in activities including program and partnership development, resource development, community and public relations, volunteer management, and the creation of operational systems. Members will also participate in activities as a team that enables them to learn, collaborate, and succeed together.
Community Need Addressed
As an umbrella program housed within the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS), our VISTAs tackle a wide range of community needs. We select host sites that address issues identified as priorities by the Corporation for National and Community Service such as Education, Employment, Financial Literacy, Food Security, Health, and Housing. SerVermont is also guided by the AHS Strategic Plan which identifies five primary goals: increase access to substance use disorder services, strengthen and support families with complex needs, increase housing stability, decrease the number of people who recidivate to prison, and reinforce accountability. VISTA members on our team can expect to contribute to one or more of these pressing issues as they fight poverty across the state of Vermont.
VISTAs will provide capacity building services to organizations to make them more efficient and effective. This includes creating new systems and processes, improving data collection and assessment, developing programs and curriculum, recruiting, managing and training volunteers, raising funds and writing grants, creating community partnerships, and developing and implementing public and community relations plans. This increased capacity will enable host site organizations to serve additional individuals and families and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
Skills you will gain
Goal Setting, Personal Reflection, Personality and Leadership Styles, Personal Career Plan Development, Resume Writing, Job Search Strategies, Time Management, Reporting, Project Management, Grant Writing, Cultural Competency
Competencies You Will Develop
- Activity Types Office Activities
- Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition, Homelessness & Housing, Legal Assistance
- Length of Service 12 Months
- Education Requirements Some College
- Placement Individual Placement
- Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Higher Education Institution, Homeless Shelter, Soup Kitchen, or Food Bank, Hospital, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Organization primarily serving older adults, State Agency other than State Service Commission
- Weekly Training Hours 3