The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.
The program’s nationwide corps of VISTA members serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members recruit and manage community volunteers, raise funds, and help manage projects. VISTA members support programs that improve academic performance, expand job opportunities, develop financial assets, reduce homelessness, and improve health services. They also support programs that increase housing opportunities, increase economic opportunities for low-income veterans and military families, and expand access to technology for those living in rural and urban areas of poverty across America.
YWCA Tri-County Area (YW3CA), TriCounty Community Network (TCN) and GreenAllies are collaborating. The proposed VISTA project aligns with Education focus area. The VISTA project will seek to improve Effectiveness and expects to benefit 500 children and families in Pottstown, PA. 5 VISTA members will contribute to the goals of the project by performing activities such as Community Assessment, Community Awareness, and Technology Use over the course of 3 years.
VISTA Members Assignments, Year One are:
• Youth Program Researcher VISTA supervised by YW3CA
• Youth Program Researcher VISTA supervised by TriCounty Network
• Youth Program Researcher VISTA supervised by GreenAllies
• Family Resource Assessment Coordinator VISTA supervised by YW3CA
• Gender Based Juvenile Researcher VISTA supervised by YW3CA