Nearly 46 million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference and find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.
VISTA was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for nearly 50 years.
Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA Member
AmeriCorps VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. In each case, you’ll be strengthening an organization so it can continue to serve the needs of the community once AmeriCorps VISTA’s support has ended.
AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members receive a modest living allowance, and those who serve for a year also receive health coverage, childcare, if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.
Northern Illinois Food Bank is an AmeriCorps VISTA Sponsor
Project sponsors direct the project, supervise members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete goals and objectives of the project.
Northern Illinois Food Bank VISTA member positions include:
Capacity Builders – to work with the Food Bank’s Network Partners (food pantries, youth nutrition sites, soup kitchens, and more)
Community Engagement – to secure grants and engage the community
Volunteer Ambassador – to help with the coordination and involvement of the volunteer workforce
Senior Hunger Program Ambassador - to provide Nutrition Education to all Senior Grocery Program partners
Communications/HR Vista - Review and recommend enhanced communication strategies internally and with network partners
Building Healthy Communities – Bridging the gap to resources toward living healthy lifestyle
About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank provides nutritious food to all those in need through our own efforts and those of our 800 partner agencies in the following 13 counties - Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. The food bank acquires, gathers, handles, and distributes approximately three million pounds of donated, government, and purchased food each month through local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth activity centers and other food assistance sites.