AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Spokane County United Way and AmeriCorps
bring out the best of America

Our Role

Spokane County United Way’s VISTA Program manages the selection and support of anti-poverty AmeriCorps projects and members in Spokane County in coordination with AmeriCorps. Currently we host a VISTA Leader, 14 projects and the Summer Associates program in our community. Learn more about our projects here.

Our Strategy

  • Identify anti-poverty projects which align with our vision for a more educated, healthier, and prosperous community
  • Support anti-poverty projects and AmeriCorps members as they strengthen existing or develop new local programs
  • Encourage sustained project operations and outcomes beyond end of AmeriCorps sponsorship

Additional Information

For program inquiries or involvement opportunities please contact Kaela Loriz, VISTA Program Director.

Ready to Apply? Click Here for Opportunities!

AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is an AmeriCorps program designed to fight poverty through indirect, capacity-building service.

What does participation in our program look like?

Hosting a project:

   Develop a 3-year anti-poverty project to build capacity and sustainability for an organization or program, subject to AmeriCorps and VISTA Program approval

   Assist in recruitment, selection, and onboarding of AmeriCorps member to serve at project

   Supervise member and project to ensure members are building capacity through indirect service and support member and project development

Serving on a project:

    Make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency

    Use your strengths to build the capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities

Gain valuable professional experience, learn new skills, and gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of poverty

Receive modest living allowance, health benefits, and a number of end-of-service benefits, including choice of either an end-of-service stipend OR the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Join peer learning community of other AmeriCorps members in our program, supported by a VISTA Leader

(as of August 2021):

Financial Stability & Economic Opportunity: Fighting poverty by creating businesses, expanding access to technology, recruiting volunteers to teach literacy and strengthening antipoverty groups

Whitworth University’s Dornsife Center for Community Engagement

Spokane Resource Center

Mujeres in Action

Education: Increasing access to services and resources to improve educational outcomes from school readiness to K-12 and post-secondary access and success

Lumen High School

Odyssey Youth Movement

Spokane County United Way

Healthy Futures: Building resilience and changing lives by keeping children nurtured and safe; promoting healthy choices through education and outreach, drug and alcohol prevention and recovery, and connecting low-income families to health services

Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Engagement

Spokane Municipal Community Court

Additional AmeriCorps Focus Areas:

Veterans and Military Families

Disaster Recovery

  • Youth Space Development VISTA: Apply here
    • HUB Sports Center
    • Break barriers to play and social-emotional development for low-income youth and families in the greater Spokane Valley region through communications and resource development!
  • Communications & Resource Development VISTA: Apply here
    • If You Could Save Just One
    • Improve access to out-of-school-time programs for underserved youth in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood through communications and resource development!
  • Community Leader Engagement VISTA: Apply here
    • Innovia Foundation
    • Support Inland Northwest students and families on their journeys from education to career by developing volunteer resources for our region’s new promise scholarship!
  • Student Support Program VISTA: Apply here
    • Lumen High School
    • Develop a student support program to support the college and career readiness of parenting students at Lumen High School in Spokane!
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Systems VISTA: Apply here
    • Odyssey Youth Movement
    • Make safe, affirming spaces and services accessible to LGBTQ+ students in Spokane through community outreach!
  • Youth Program Development VISTA: Apply here
    • Spokane County United Way
    • Help low-income youth in West Central Spokane thrive by organizing youth-serving professionals in Spokane and developing an equitable out-of-school-time youth intermediary program!
  • Client Support Program VISTA: Apply here
    • City of Spokane Public Defender’s Office
    • Develop a support program to help clients of Spokane’s therapeutic community court connect with resources to support their mental health!
  • Participant Voice & Empowerment VISTA: Apply here
    • Transitions
    • Develop resources to empower individuals, help community members find their voice, and include clients in program design and organizational decision-making processes at Transitions in Spokane!
  • Service Storytelling VISTA Leader: Apply here
    • Spokane County United Way
    • Support VISTA members, develop service storytelling infrastructure, and highlight the impact of AmeriCorps service for Spokane County United Way’s VISTA Program!

To see all opportunities through our VISTA Program, please visit: https://www.volunteerspokane.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=19018.

AmeriCorps VISTA Readiness Worksheetfor prospective project sites

Call for Concept Paper Overview - for prospective project sites

AmeriCorps Member Benefitsfor prospective AmeriCorps members