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.

2013-2014 VISTA Opportunities

NH Catholic Charities - Needs Assessment: NHCC seeks an enterprising VISTA to (a) lead a state-wide field study of poverty and social services; (b) identify new program opportunities, and (c) help implement new case management software. Opportunity in Manchester, NH

NH Food Bank - Operations VISTA Position: Make a difference! Help to combat poverty and hunger in New Hampshire. The NH Food Bank serves as the only food bank in the state. Opportunity in Manchester, NH

NH Food Bank - SNAP Outreach: Help raise NH families out of poverty and improve food security by assisting the NH Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach team recruiting and training volunteers and expanding SNAP outreach in Northern NH. Opportunity in Manchester, NH

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is recruiting a motivated, high-performing VISTA to build capacity of STEM Outreach programs in ME/NH to create efficiency in operations and develop systems to collect data and manage inventories. Opportunity in Portsmouth, NH

UNH Cooperative Extension - Sullivan County: Join Sullivan County UNH Cooperative Extension in serving at-risk youth through engaging 4-H Youth Development programs including serving youth and families with an incarcerated parent. Opportunity in Newport, 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.