VISTA Volunteer Update

The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded the City of San Antonio 10 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer positions.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to fight poverty. Volunteers work on policy research and development projects to help build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of agencies that assist low-income communities.

Coordinated through the Department of Human Services, the City’s 10 volunteers will serve with:

  • The City’s Financial Empowerment Centers, Head Start program, and Senior Nutrition Program,
  • The Library’s Adult Digital Literacy program,
  • Metro Health’s Community Diabetes Program,
  • Pre-K 4 SA’s Parent Engagement and Outreach efforts, and
  • SA2020, helping with Opportunity Partner Management.

5 additional VISTA volunteers are planned to work with Eastpoint projects as a result of the Eastside Promise Zone designation, for a total of 15 City-coordinated VISTA members.

Recruitment for these positions will run through June and July. The positions will be posted on the City’s website, AmeriCorps VISTA outlets, and other media. Each program will interview and select their respective VISTAs, and they will begin their work assignments on August 16, serving for a full year term.

VISTA volunteers are paid a living stipend of just over $11,000 per year. The City provides 20% of this stipend as well as mileage re-imbursement and incidental expenses.

These VISTA volunteers will be a great asset to the City organization and to the community, and we look forward to welcoming them in August.

For more information on this service program, individuals can contact 207-5288.

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