Serve Wisconsin is seeking to place 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members in nonprofits, schools, and government agencies working to end poverty due to racial disparities. VISTA members will help Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led organizations increase their capacity to provide the services that will end racial disparity and create a just Wisconsin.
VISTA Members can help organizations with resource development, design or improve an organization’s programming, conduct a community asset and needs assessment, develop the support systems to recruit and manage volunteers, and more.
“According to the 2019 Race in the Heartland report, Wisconsin is ranked among the nation’s worst states for racial inequality. AmeriCorps VISTA members can provide crucial support to nonprofits and government agencies working to address systemic inequality. Specifically, we are targeting historically underfunded BIPCO lead organizations for this initiative,” said Jeanne Duffy, Executive Director of Serve Wisconsin.
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What is VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty. President John F. Kennedy created VISTA in 1965. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs and is funded and managed by the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps VISTA members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty.