July 2017 AmeriCorps VISTA Openings

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for
8 individuals to join the team in July 2017! 

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that has been working to alleviate poverty in America since 1965.  VISTA’s serve full-time for one year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty.  AmeriCorps VISTA members recruit and manage community volunteers, raise funds, and help manage projects.  More specifically, the Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA Program focuses on building the capacity of organizations in the areas of education and economic opportunity.

Benefits of Serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA Program:

  • Living Allowance 
  • Relocation Allowance
  • End of Service Award
  • Healthcare Benefit
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Child Care Benefit

The Power of We AmeriCorps Program is recruiting individuals to fill the following positions: 

Program and Outreach Coordinator
Service Site: Building Twentyone
The VISTA member will enhance youths' academic performance in STEAM. They will help provide oversight in B21's unique free drop-in facility which provides: homework assistance, a connection point with diverse friends and groups, and a positive environment free from bullying and the negative pressures faced each day. Responsibilities include funds development, marketing and outreach, implementing various programs and activities, and providing overall support in program sustainability.

Community-AID Lab Resource Specialist
Service Site: Community-AID Laboratory, MSU

The VISTA member will build the capacity of the Community-AID Laboratory to support community-based organizations.  The VISTA member will also support the daily operations of ongoing community-engaged projects that promote the well-being and educational success of children, youth, and families.  

Community Housing Specialist
Service Site: Eastside Community Action Center
The VISTA member will help ensure that low income residents move from renting to home ownership. Neighborhood residents will receive educational, social, and emotional support they need to help them break the cycle of poverty from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Housing Specialist. The VISTA Member will build the capacity of ECAC by developing a sustainable referral and resource housing system for our community residents.

Program Coordinator
Service Site: Edgewood Village Network Center
The VISTA member will work with the Edgewood Village Director, Board of Directors, Staff and Scholar Director to create and sustain organizational capacity to establish an educated and empowered culture in the Edgewood Village community and to motivate students and parents to be their best.

Promise Scholar Coordinator
Service Site: Lansing Promise

The VISTA member will assist the Executive Director with increasing the number of Lansing Promise Scholars applying and entering the program and increasing the number of Lansing Promise Scholars attending a post-secondary institution through building, strengthening, and sustaining community partnerships and resources.  

Cooperative Development and Engagement Coordinator
Service Site: MSU Student Housing Cooperative
The VISTA member will increase the quality of living, financial stability, and economic opportunities to Ingham County residents through cooperative housing and resource-sharing.

Financial Asset Navigator
Service Site: NorthWest Initiative
The VISTA member will be responsible for assisting with coordinating various regularly scheduled financial literacy workshops, with an additional focus on coordinating workshops within the Lansing Schools. 

Financial Literacy Program Developer
Service Site: Refugee Development Center
The VISTA member will help ensure that Newcomer (refugee and immigrant) residents receive assistance to improve their financial literacy, improve their overall assets, support and enhance efforts to identify financial literacy resources and opportunities and implement financial training curricula, specifically for culturally diverse audiences, with partner organizations and institutions.

How to Apply: 

  1. Send a resume and cover letter for each of the positions that interest you to the Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, Rose Henderson at by​​ April 28, 2017 by 5pm.
  2. Visit and create a profile
  3. Search for any of the above positions that are of interest to you
  4. Submit an application (two references are required), 
All materials must be submitted by April 28, 2017 by 5pm.  Contact Rose Henderson at or 272-4147 for any inquiries.  

About AmeriCorps State

Commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members a small living stipend and education award in exchange for a term of service.

The AmeriCorps State program, housed within the Power of We Consortium, focuses on three goals to reduce chronic disease for Lansing-area residents:

  1. Educating community members of all ages about healthy lifestyles
  2. Reducing obesity and food insecurity through food distributions and gardening programs, and
  3. Promoting affordable exercise options. 
The Power of We Consortium's AmeriCorps State program currently has members at 9 sites: click here to learn more about them. View current position openings.

About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, is a national service program that was designed to eliminate poverty through capacity building in American communities. The VISTA program, created in 1965 and conceived by President John F. Kennedy, was formally incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993 and now governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps VISTA Program began in 2006 and has placed VISTA members at multiple host sites, or sub-sites, at area non-profits, public agencies, and faith and community–based organizations. The VISTA members commit to one year of full-time service in InghamCounty in the areas of education and economic opportunity. They have the unique charge of building their host site’s organizational , administrative and financial capacity. To view The Power of We Consortium current Americorps VISTA team, visit the AmeriCorps VISTA Sites page.