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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 
North Carolina Campus Compact
2257 Campus Box 
Elon, NC 27244


Posted January 3rd, 2012 by . AmeriCorps

Volunteer on Your Own

If you cannot make it to any of our pre-planned service projects here are some organizations around the Triangle that are constantly looking for volunteers:


Banks Road Elementary School 

  • Literacy Program- Spend some one-on-one time reading with students to assist with the development of their literacy skills
  • Big Brother/ Big Sister Program- Bond with students and serve as positive role models by being present and interactive at Banks Road Elementary during lunch time on a weekly basis.


Wake County 4-H Youth Development

  • 4-H Spaces- Become involved in leading after school groups that target at risk youth and help them develop life skills.  Assist in setting and achieving their goals through a variety of activities that focus on areas of critical thinking, decision making, and social skills.
  • Fuquay Youth Initiative (FYI) – Interact with and develop activities for middle school youth in this open door, after-school outreach program in Fuquay.
  • SuperSeed- Work as a group facilitator for this program that provides excellent science based risky behavior prevention curricula at established school, faith, and community based sites throughout Wake County.
  • Civic Engagement Youth Leadership Teams- Help teams of high school students develop and enhance their leadership skills through various group activities which focus on community service and civics.
  • Animal Care- Volunteer at the Wake County Animal Shelter by caring for animals and contributing towards finding homes for them by providing office support.
  • 4-H Clubs- Lead community-based clubs for youth ages 5-19.  Help 4-H’ers choose club activities that make learning fun and build skills to be used throughout their lifetime.
  • Positive Outcomes Delivered through Entrepreneurial Resiliency (PODER) – Work with at-risk Latino males ages 13-19 in fortifying personal skills and strengths through creating and carrying out personal entrepreneurial models.

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle

  • Renovation Projects- Participate in critical home repair projects for the poor, elderly, and disabled citizens in the Triangle.
  • Special Projects- Become involved with tasks involving work with publicity, web design, grant writing, and other administrative activities.


Wake County Health and Human Services

  • Public Health Assistance- Volunteer with the agency’s laboratory, pharmacy, and public health databases.
  • Pro-familia- interact children of Hispanic clients during parents’ appointments with the agency.
  • Marbles Museum- Plan and participate in activities for pre-kindergarten children on Tuesday nights at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.
  • Tech Support Projects- Help with data tracking and community/GIS mapping in different Wake County neighborhoods to in order to support efforts to bring services to citizens.
  • General Labor- Chop and transport wood in the fall and winter months for the Warmth for Wake Program.
  • Special Events- Assist with marketing and sponsoring families for the agency’s Holiday Cheer Program.  Work with the annual Making Magic fundraiser in the spring to send at-risk youth to summer camp.


Garner Road YMCA

  • Before and After School Programs– Plan activities for and interact with kids ages 5-12 in before school and/or after school programs.
  • Creative Support- Assist in designing the agency’s website, creating brochures, writing grants, answering telephones, and organizing databases


Posted December 21st, 2011 by . Uncategorized

Wilmington Street Men’s Shelter

We are looking for volunteers to serve dinner and help with meal preparation.  Volunteers are needed on the following dates:

  • June 1st
  • June 29th
  • August 3rd
  • August 31st

If you are interested in volunteering on a specific date please contact Mariel Steinbeiser.

Posted September 9th, 2011 by . Food Insecurity, Homeless Outreach

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