STATEWIDE FEDERAL SERVICE PROGRAM CALLS FOR HOST SITE APPLICATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2017
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani: 603-254-7841

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION VISTA PROGRAM CALLS FOR HOST SITE APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 PROGRAM YEAR: The Families in Transition VISTA Program seeks applications from nonprofits and government agencies in New Hampshire to host a professional AmeriCorps VISTA. FIT VISTA members shown above: Conor Murphy, NH Department of Health and Human Services; Kendall Ogle, NH Department of Education; Shannon McCullough, Early Learning NH/Spark NH; Emily Gordon, Families in Transition; and Rachel Crinklaw, Court Appointed Special Advocates of NH.

STATEWIDE FEDERAL SERVICE PROGRAM CALLS FOR HOST SITE APPLICATIONS

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 nonprofits and government agencies throughout New Hampshire that are interested in having professional hosting a professional AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) work at their agency for a small stipend during the July 2017- July 2018 program year. VISTA “host sites” benefit from a VISTA volunteer by receiving the support of a full-time staff member without the high cost of salary and benefits.

AmeriCorps VISTA, a program managed by 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, working to fight poverty and build organizational capacity throughout the United States. The Families in Transition VISTA Program partners with organizations, called “host sites”, such as the Arts in Reach, New Hampshire Department of Education, United Way of Greater Nashua, and others across New Hampshire, to place VISTAs in the following service areas: education, veterans’ services, economic opportunity, health, and disaster relief and prevention.

“Our VISTA program brings the benefits of VISTA to agencies and individuals across New Hampshire,” said Emily Melhorn, Families in Transition Manager of Volunteers and FIT VISTA Program. “Everyone wins with VISTA: agencies get a passionate, full-time staff member at an affordable cost; VISTA members 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, including submitting an application to the Families in Transition VISTA Program by 5:00pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. Interested agencies are strongly encouraged to attend a VISTA Host Site Information Session at 161 S. Beech Street, Manchester, NH, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, to learn more about the Families in Transition VISTA Program. Attendance is strongly encouraged; RSVP by calling 603-641-9441 x 357 or emailing [email protected] on or before Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

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

The Families in Transition VISTA Program is one of the largest networks of AmeriCorps VISTA members living and serving throughout New Hampshire. Since 2010, it has been a program of Families in Transition, a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless housing and services provider. For more information about the program or FIT, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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