Thursday, March 14, 2013

AmeriCorps Week: UPDATE!

What does it mean to say AmeriCorps is a national service program? For one thing, it means AmeriCorps members make a pledge to serve our country, a pledge that is reminiscent of the oath of service taken by the United States Military and the President!

VISTAs are also on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to perform service for their country and their communities.

All this week, and throughout their year of service, AmeriCorps members are working hard to support communities all over the country.

NC Campus Compact VISTAs have been working hard this week (as usual!) and have shared pictures of themselves in their AmeriCorps gear and of their projects! Check out some of those pictures below.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrate AmeriCorps Week, March 9 - 17!

AmeriCorps Works 

This week we celebrate the service of our AmeriCorps VISTA members and alumni! Since 2003, over 150 NC Campus Compact VISTA members have engaged students, faculty, and staff in projects that fight poverty and meet community needs.

Associate Director Leslie Garvin and VISTA Leader Rachel Rogers represent!
Show your true AmeriCorps colors by wearing your AmeriCorps gear to work on Monday, March 11! Share your photo with us by posting your pic to our NC Campus Compact Facebook page or tweet it @nccampuscompact!

Each year, more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members across the country commit themselves to intensive service through thousands of non-profits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based organizations. These men and women tackle tough problems while mobilizing more than 3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve and raising $480 million in cash and in-kind contributions. More than 7,000 AmeriCorps members are VISTAs like ours, who serve full-time for one-year to build the capacity of poverty-fighting projects. Other AmeriCorps members serve with State and National Programs or with AmeriCorps NCCC. Among our current VISTA cohort are several alums of other AmeriCorps programs (like Tiara Pugh and Christina D'Aulerio.)

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more about AmeriCorps.

Do you want to work with AmeriCorps? You could be a North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA. We are recruiting now for positions that start August 2013 and run for one full year. Visit our FAQ Page for Prospective VISTAs to learn more about our program and application.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Now accepting applications for 2013-2014 VISTAs!

NC Campus Compact is now accepting applications from candidates for 2013-2014 AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Our next VISTA cohort will begin in August 2013 and serve for one full year.

To learn more about our program and the application process, visit our FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs.

Please visit our position listing on when you are ready to create your AmeriCorps application and begin our application process.

NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA members work with a community agency and a campus to develop a partnership that addresses local needs in one of three areas: education (especially K-12 success or access to post-secondary education), economic opportunity (especially housing or financial literacy), or healthy futures (especially food security). The specific nature and objectives of the project vary depending on host site. Most VISTA members share work time between campus and community partner offices, and thereby gain experience in both non-profit and higher education arenas. 

Member activities may include: * developing processes, materials, and tools for volunteer recruitment, training, and coordination * establishing community or campus leadership teams around issues of concern * designing internship positions at community partner * seeking financial support for community partner * coordinating national day of service events * creating publicity and outreach materials. 

Applicants must be:
  • U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • College graduate (or Bachelors degree expected by May 2013)  
 Strong candidates will have:
  • passion for the VISTA mission of fighting poverty and strengthening communities
  • strong interest and experience in community service
  • experience working with volunteers, especially college students
  • proven leadership and project management skills
  • proven networking, communication, and organization skills
  • ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds  
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • ability to engage others