Four years ago, the Unified Government formed a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service to create an AmeriCorps VISTA program that could support the work our city government is doing to create positive change in Wyandotte County, Kansas. That partnership has grown, and we now have 16 full-time, year-long VISTA positions serving different departments at the city.
Our VISTA members don’t sit at the kids’ table. The AmeriCorps program reads on paper like an internship, but you’ll be treated like a member of the staff. You’ll have ground level access and be asked to take on a lot of responsibility. If you’re up for the work, you’ll likely be surprised at what you’re able to accomplish. To date our VISTAs have: built websites, developed full-fledged messaging campaigns, successfully written grants, helped implement water tap programs for urban farmers, drafted communications plans, led county-wide listening tours, and organized bicycle donations for kids in need.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits, like health care and payment toward your student loans. Does that make you nervous? We get it. Not everyone is in a position in their life to serve for a year for not much money. But if you care about improving communities, if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop your professional skills AND make a difference, we’ll make it worth your while.
Reach out if you have questions, and find out more about our positions at acarodine. We look forward to meeting you!