What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that started in 1964 designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA Members commit to serve full-time as a paid professional volunteer for at least one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
Families in Transition – New Horizons-New Horizons is proud to coordinate one of New Hampshire’s largest, statewide AmeriCorps VISTA Programs. Families in Transition – New Horizons-New Horizons partners with nonprofit and government agencies in New Hampshire to place 20-30 VISTAs annually who work for at least one year to build programs that fight poverty and improve the quality of life for the most disadvantaged members of our community.
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Current Available FIT VISTA Positions
Marketing and Communications:
Marketing and Community Engagement VISTA
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter-Nashua, NH
Raise awareness of Nashua Soup Kitchen services to reach those with food insecurities. Improve volunteer and sponsor recruitment that can capture new volunteers, increase capacity.
Communications Assistant VISTA
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH-Berlin, NH
Assist CASA of NH in marketing and communications campaigns aimed at recruiting new volunteers and spreading awareness of CASA’s mission – therefore helping serve more abused and neglected children.
Research and Program Development:
Governor’s Office-Addiction & Behavioral Health VISTA
Governor’s Office- Concord, NH
Assist the Governor’s adviser on addiction and behavioral health in identifying grant and other funding opportunities, conduct research on addiction and behavioral health issues, and represent the Governor’s Office at a variety of meetings and community events.
Copper Cannon Camp Developer VISTA
Copper Cannon Camp- Bethlehem, NH
Help Cooper Cannon Camp build capacity to provide free summer camp for at-risk youth. Utilize social media accounts to spread awareness for Copper Cannon Camp and it’s facilities.
Development Associate VISTA
Harbor Homes- Nashua, NH
Help NH’s Safe Station in their mission to serve low income individuals who are struggling with substance and opioid abuse.
Health Technology Specialist VISTA
Harbor Homes-Nashua, NH
Help save lives by serving at Nashua’s NH Safe Station, getting those struggling with substance use, such as opioids, get needed treatment and services.
Housing Opportunity Development VISTA
Cross Roads House-Portsmouth, NH
Help Cross Roads House, an emergency shelter in the NH Seacoast, provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to come out of homelessness by attaining and retaining housing.
Resident Services VISTA
Portsmouth Housing Authority- Portsmouth, NH
Increase the capacity of Portsmouth Housing Authority’s resident services coordination program, grow the volunteer program, community partnerships and the ability to attract new funding sources in the Seacoast area.
Family Enrichment and Volunteer Program Coordinator VISTA
Manchester Community Health Center-Manchester, NH
Help the Manchester Community Health Center in creating new programs and expanding current programming, and recruit and engage volunteers.
Community Engagement and Outreach:
Watch Me Grow Assistant VISTA
NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS)- Concord, NH
Watch Me Grow Assistant to aid in the development/implementation of NH’s important developmental screening/referral system for families of infants and young children, including those facing poverty.
Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA
Youth Council- Nashua, NH
Help low-income youth avoid substance misuse, police actions by assisting award-winning non-profit tell its story and gain more funding support enabling more youth served who can succeed in life.
United Way of the Greater Seacoast VISTA
United Way of the Greater Seacoast- Portsmouth, NH
Build the capacity of United Way and its nonprofit partners to fulfill their missions, engage volunteers, and grow the reach of programs to meet the needs of low income families in the Seacoast area.
Migrant Volunteer Coordinator VISTA
NH Department of Education-Concord, NH
Serve with the NH Dept. of Education to help at-risk students access education and other basic needs through supporting volunteers and organizations that engage this disadvantaged population.
Volunteer and In-Kind VISTA
Families in Transition – New Horizons-Manchester, NH
Assist in the development of our newly merged volunteer and in-kind program, by researching and focusing on supporting new systems that allow these programs to accommodate more volunteers and donations each year.
Engagement and Capacity-Building Specialist VISTA
NH Teen Institute-Manchester, NH
Engage with and build relationships in selected communities throughout New Hampshire to increase the youth and adult participation in our youth leadership and empowerment programming.
UNH STEM Lab Discovery Lab VISTA
University of New Hampshire-Manchester, NH
Manage STEM enrichment programming for K-12 youth for the UNH STEM Discovery Lab, including recruitment of volunteers to deliver programming to youth within under served populations within the Manchester, NH area.
Benefits of Being A FIT VISTA
- 1 year of professional work experience
- Monthly professional development, training & networking opportunities
- Forbearance of Federal Student Loans (interest can be paid at completion of service!)
- Choice of education award: $5,920 to use for school or pay off qualifying loans or $1,800 cash stipend upon successful completion of service
- 20 days of sick and vacation leave
- Living stipend (Avg. $1,000/month before taxes)
- Food assistance, Health Coverage, Child Care Assistance (if eligible).
If you have any questions, please contact Families in Transition – New Horizons VISTA Program at: [email protected] or 603.641.9441 ext 322.
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