AmeriCorps VISTA Program at NHS

Since 2009, NHS of New Haven has been fortunate to host AmeriCorps VISTA Members and Summer Associates. The AmeriCorps VISTA program has provided us with individuals who have brought an outstanding blend of motivation and passion for community service. We are continually impressed by their intelligence, creativity, dedication, conscientiousness, and team spirit. Past VISTA members have given freely of their time and have taken pride in each and every activity in which they have been involved. They have helped us build our capacity in all of our lines of business by developing tools (surveys, website enhancements, marketing materials, etc.) that have made our work easier and more efficient.

 

VISTA was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. The mission of AmeriCorps VISTA has not changed since mandated by Congress in 1964, “AmeriCorps VISTA builds permanent infrastructure in non-profit organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.” For more than 50 years, members have actively served in low-income areas by mobilizing people, businesses, and organizations with the goal of creating sustainable, healthy communities. Please visit nationalservice.gov for more information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program and mission.

 

VISTA Opportunities:

 

Community Engagement VISTA

Service Term: August 28, 2017 - August 27, 2018

 

Service Description:
The Community Engagement VISTA will help to: strengthen outreach to the community; work to better engage past graduates of NHS' Resident Leadership Program; improve volunteer recruitment and retention; and investigate and address the intersection of energy conversation and crime prevention through environmental design (CEPTED), with a focus on lighting initiatives.

 

Benefits of VISTA Service:
Weekly stipend of approximately $560 biweekly; training; relocation allowance; health coverage; choice of education award or end of service stipend; childcare assistance (if eligible).

 

Terms of VISTA Service:
Must be at least 18 years of age with an Associates Degree or equivalent work experience. Must be available to serve full-time. Permits working at another job during off hours. Permits attendance at school during off hours. No housing provided.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about neighborhood revitalization and the New Haven/Newhallville communities. 

 

Service Areas:
Community and Economic Development. Community Outreach. Neighborhood Revitalization. Environment. 

 

To Apply:
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are interested in applying, please do so through the AmeriCorps website here. Please do not call or email NHS staff. If you are having difficulty on the AmeriCorps site, you may call their National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677.

 

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Environmental Leadership VISTA

Service Term: August 28, 2017 - August 27, 2018

 

Service Description:
The Environmental Leadership VISTA will work to improve the Environmental Leadership Program (piloted in 2017) and train NHS staff on environmental issues and resources so that they can better serve our community. In addition, the VISTA will research residents' energy use behavior to be able to better understand residents' needs and inform NHS' energy conservation curriculum.

 

Benefits of VISTA Service:
Weekly stipend of approximately $560 biweekly; training; relocation allowance; health coverage; choice of education award or end of service stipend; childcare assistance (if eligible).

 

Terms of VISTA Service:
Must be at least 18 years of age with an Associates Degree or equivalent work experience. Must be available to serve full-time. Permits working at another job during off hours. Permits attendance at school during off hours. No housing provided.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about neighborhood revitalization, especially in terms of energy-conservation and environmental issues. 

 

Service Areas:
Neighborhood Revitalization. Community and Economic Development. Environment. 

 

To Apply:
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are interested in applying, please do so through the AmeriCorps website here. Please do not call or email NHS staff. If you are having difficulty on the AmeriCorps site, you may call their National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677.