AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service. About 8,000 VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,100 projects in low-income communities around the country
VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers.
Geneseo's Center for Community has hosted AmeriCorps VISTA members for over 11 years, spanning a range of projects and focus areas. Our current VISTA project is RKids Geneseo, an after school enrichment program that seeks to foster confidence, competence, and a sense of community connection among low-income students and families in the village of Geneseo. For more information or interest in participating in this program check out the RKids page.
CURRENT GENESEO VISTA PROGRAM:
RKids Geneseo After School Enrichment Program
RKids VISTA Coordinator: Kate Regner '18