AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years. VISTA Members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities is proud to be the sponsoring organization for a state-wide AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Through this sponsorship, NH Catholic Charities is able to offer AmeriCorps VISTA as a resource to various organizations throughout New Hampshire.

Benefits of Being a VISTA:

  • Professional Development & Networking Opportunities.
  • Forbearance of Federal Student Loans (interest will be paid while serving!)
  • Choice of an education award: $5,550.00 to use for school or to pay off loans OR a $1,500.00 cash stipend upon successful completion of service.
  • Living allowance, Health coverage, Child Care Assistance (for eligible applicants).
  • 20 days of sick and vacation leave.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities VISTA Members are placed at a number of agencies throughout New England. The VISTA members of the New Hampshire Catholic Charities project work in a number of diverse fields including:

The New Hampshire Food Bank: working on development of job training and nutrition programs, as well as resource development.

New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse: empowering people whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking by developing sustainable programming at New Beginnings.

Volunteer NH: building volunteer recognition and training events as well as disaster preparedness and response programs.

The Manchester Homeless Services Center: building programs to reduce homelessness within and beyond Manchester.

2014-2015 VISTA Opportunities

Catholic Charities NH - Development/Grants: Seeking a VISTA to assist NH’s largest private, non-profit, social service agency in increasing grant opportunities that will assist in providing relief & support to low-income, impoverished NH communities. Opportunity in Manchester, NH

The Moore Center - Family Support Council: Seeking a VISTA to assist The Family Support Council to meet its goal to educate and support families and their family members with disabilities through the most significant transitional periods of their lives. Opportunity in Manchester, NH

The New Hampshire School Network/ACROSS NH: Seeking a motivated, organized, and tech-savvy VISTA member to complete a state-wide mapping project, analyze training evaluations, and research afterschool resources. Opportunity in Manchester, NH

Turning Points Network: Work with educators and local schools to develop and evaluate a Pre-K through 12th grade sexual violence prevention education program and a teen dating violence prevention education program. Opportunity in Newport, NH

UNH Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program: Help to improve the quality of life, readiness and resiliency of New Hampshire Military Youth and families! Opportunity in Durham, NH

For more information about VISTA in general, please visit http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp.

For additional information about the New Hampshire Catholic Charities VISTA project and how to apply, please contact: Renée Perreault, Project Coordinator, at rperreault@nh-cc.org.