STATEWIDE FEDERAL SERVICE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 9, 2011

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-1143 ext. 322

Families in Transition VISTA Program invites nonprofits and government agencies to apply to host professional VISTA volunteers

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT) seeks applications from agencies throughout New Hampshire that are interested in becoming a host site of a professional  AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in 2011. VISTA host sites benefit from receiving the support of a full-time staff member, a VISTA volunteer, without the high cost of salary and benefits.

AmeriCorps*VISTA, a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), comprises a nationwide network of volunteers who commit to serve full-time for at least one year at nonprofit, faith-based, or government agency host sites working to fight poverty throughout the United States. The Families in Transition VISTA Program partners with organizations such as the YWCA New Hampshire, the City of Manchester, and after-school programs across the state of New Hampshire to place VISTAs in the following service areas: education, veterans’ services, economic opportunity, health, and disaster relief and prevention.

“Our VISTA program will bring the benefits of VISTA to agencies and individuals across New Hampshire,” said FIT VISTA Program Manager, Pamela Punsky. “Everyone wins with VISTA: agencies get a passionate, full-time staff member at an affordable cost; VISTAs gain professional experience while building capacity at their agency; and communities benefit from agencies’ strengthened capacity to provide critical services to those most in need.”

Qualifying host sites must fulfill a number of program requirements and complete an application process through Families in Transition VISTA Program by March 4, 2011. Interested agencies are strongly encouraged to attend, in person or via teleconference, a VISTA Information Session at 161 S. Beech Street, Manchester, NH, on Tuesday, February 22 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM, to learn more about the Families in Transition VISTA Program. Agencies must RSVP by Thursday, February 17, by calling 603-641-9441 or e-mailing [email protected].

Prospective VISTA host sites may also apply online using the application procedure and materials found at www.fitnh.org. To learn more about the AmeriCorps*VISTA program, interested agencies can also visit www.americorps.gov/VISTA.

The Families in Transition VISTA Program is sponsored by Families in Transition (FIT). FIT is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT, FIT VISTA Program, and the stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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