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: $5,730.00 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

AARP New Hampshire: Seeking a self-motivated VISTA member to help build civic volunteer infrastructure to reach low income households and help Granite Staters who are ages 50+ to live their best lives. Opportunity in Concord, NH

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua: Learn the ins and outs of a robust fundraising program in one of the community’s most successful non-profit agencies that will prepare you for a career in institutional advancement! Opportunity in Nashua, NH

Community Alliance for Teen Safety: CATS is seeking a dynamic VISTA to assist with community outreach and sustainability initiatives! Do you want to make a positive difference in our community! We want to speak to you! Opportunity in Derry, NH

Friends Forever: World Peace…Grown Locally. Help Friends Forever to empower youth in peacemaking. Build programs, train volunteers, and strengthen our infrastructure and local connections. Opportunity in Durham, NH

Nashua PAL: Empower youth to transform their community! Nashua PAL is seeking a dynamic individual, ready to join our development team. This is a real life experience with an opportunity for long term employment Opportunity in Nashua, NH

New Beginnings Without Violence & Abuse: The VISTA will empower victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking by increasing organizational capacity and developing and enhancing services and programming at New Beginnings Opportunity in Laconia, NH

The New Hampshire Afterschool 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

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.