Fight poverty by harnessing the power of higher education!
Be a North Carolina Campus Compact VISTA
What is AmeriCorps*VISTA?
AmeriCorps*VISTA is a national service program in which volunteers commit a year of service to live in a community and fight poverty by building the capacity of non-profit and public agencies to serve low-income people. For 40 years, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) has been helping to expand job access, reduce homelessness, improve literacy, and meet many other needs. Today, more than 7,000 VISTA members serve in organizations across the country. (www.americorps.org)
What is North Carolina Campus Compact?
NC Campus Compact is a growing coalition of 42 public, independent and community colleges and universities. Presidents and chancellors commit their institutions to being “engaged campuses” that enhance a student’s sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and awareness of community, and impact the community by partnering with local organizations to address real needs. (www.nccampuscompact.org)
What is a North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA?
NC Campus Compact VISTAs support higher education’s mission of civic engagement and the VISTA mission of fighting poverty by bringing campus resources to support community partners serving people in need. VISTA projects focus on areas such as education, economic opportunity, healthy futures, and veterans & military families.
What do NC Campus Compact VISTAs do?
- Build relationships with community based organizations
- Assess community and agency needs and identify assets
- Recruit and train agency volunteers
- Develop data systems to manage people and performance
- Create policies and procedures that increase agency effectiveness
- Support citizen and student leadership and participation in service
- Seek new resources through fund-raising and grant-writing
- Facilitate service-learning placements, community-based research, and co-curricular opportunities that support low-income communities
- Promote AmeriCorps, VISTA, and service
Why should I become a NC Campus Compact VISTA?
- Make a difference helping people in need!
- Gain experience working in community non-profit and higher education arenas
- Develop professional skills through collaborative learning and leading
- Build relationships with citizens, non-profit staff, students, faculty and others in our diverse network of VISTAs, campuses, and community partners
- Receive annual living allowance of $10,704 or $11,124, depending on service location
- Health benefits package
- Choose from $1,500 stipend OR $5,550 education award at the end of service year
- Relocation allowance
- Student loan forbearance
- Non-competitive eligibility for Federal employment following completion of service
Where and when will I serve?
VISTA members serve on one of our member campuses and/or community partners. NC Campus Compact’s 40+ members are public, independent, and community colleges and universities throughout the state, from Western Carolina University in the mountains to Elizabeth City State on the coast.
Your VISTA term of service will begin in early August, 2012 and end in August 2013.
What skills and qualifications do I need?
- Bachelor’s Degree from 4-year institution
- Passion for VISTA mission of fighting poverty and strengthening communities
- U.S. citizen or legal resident
- Strong interest and experience in community service
- Strong interest and experience in college campus service programs and service-learning
- Proven leadership and project management skills
- Proven networking, communication, public speaking and organization skills
- Commit to full-time year of service with no outside employment
- Resume and online application at www.americorps.gov
- Available to attend a Pre-Service Orientation in Atlanta, GA in August
How do I apply?
- Fill out an online application at: www.americorps.gov
- To find our position, search under VISTA positions in North Carolina.
- Our position is listed as “NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA”
- After submitting an application, NC Campus Compact may contact you to request a résumé and schedule a phone interview.
Where can I find more information?
For more information, please contact:Chad Fogleman, Program Coordinator (336) 278-7197 [email protected] www.nccampuscompact.org North Carolina Campus Compact 2257 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244