SPOKANE COUNTY UNITED WAY BUILDS CAPACITY WITH THE AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM.
We currently place 12 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers with local nonprofits valuing $274,500 of staff time.
Designated by the Corporation for National Service, Spokane County United Way is an intermediary sponsor to select, place and support AmeriCorps VISTA members in our community.
Spokane County United Way is committed to helping build capacity within our nonprofit community through the placement and support of VISTA members in local programs that align with our vision for a more educated, prosperous, and healthy community.
What is an AmeriCorps VISTA
VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, was founded in 1965 as a national service program designed to fight poverty in America. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. VISTA is governed by a federal agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service. VISTA members serve for one year in full time service fighting poverty, making ur community safer, stronger, and healthier and improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.
Focus Areas for AmeriCorps Vista Projects
Economic opportunity – fighting poverty by creating businesses, expanding access to technology, recruiting volunteers to teach literacy and strengthening antipoverty groups.
Education – helping students succeed in school and gain skills necessary to get 21st century jobs through programs that provide resources such as tutors and mentors to neighborhoods with lower performing schools.
Healthy futures – helping to build resilience and change lives by keeping children nurtured safe and promoting healthy choices through education and outreach, drug and alcohol prevention training, and connecting low-income families to services.
Veterans and military families- address unmet needs of veterans, members of the armed forces, and family members of deployed military personnel.
Disaster Services – concerns regarding the preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts that relate to disaster events.