Open VISTA Positions

AmeriCorps VISTA service will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have! Life as an AmeriCorps VISTA is to serve your community, working to eliminate poverty and to develop initiatives that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure. While in service with our Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA program, you will receive ongoing professional leadership and community development training in addition to learning more about underserved populations in America. You will receive a bi-weekly living allowance during service and the choice between a cash award or an education award on completion of your term. Other benefits include reduced tuition at some universities and colleges for AmeriCorps VISTA alumni, and you can get a foot in the door to a government job with one year of non-competitive eligibility for employment in the federal government. Joining AmeriCorps VISTA is an opportunity of a lifetime and we’re here to help you every step of the way! AmeriCorps VISTA service will change your life. Below are the current open positions with CCMA – follow the link provided to go to the position listing and to apply through the My AmeriCorps portal.

Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Living Allowance: The living allowance is paid biweekly and deposited directly into your bank account and is based on the cost of living in the service area.
  • End-of-Service Award: In successfully completing your year of service, you’re eligible to receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,095) or the VISTA end-of-service cash stipend ($1,800).
  • Healthcare Benefit: VISTA members who maintain health insurance during their service term may enroll in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance. ($8,150 for 2020).
  • Childcare Benefit: Child care benefits are paid directly to qualified child care providers for all or of part of the member’s child care costs during their active time of service.
  • Relocation Allowance: a one-time allowance of $750 for VISTAs relocating more than 50 miles.
  • Professional Development: VISTA provides a wide variety of training and development opportunities before, during, and after service, including VISTA Blend courses and Webinars, and service workshops.
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility: One year of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.
  • Other Benefits: Some service sites may offer housing, full or partial meal plans, transportation and parking permits, gym memberships, and more.

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success VISTA

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) is a partnership with Universities at Shady Grove (USG), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and Montgomery College (MC) to address multi-generational poverty by increasing baccalaureate degree attainment among underrepresented students, especially African American and Hispanic youth. The ACES partnership recently agreed to the addition of career readiness programming for all ACES students (an expansion of the current work with approximately 100 students to over 2,000 students at full capacity) beginning in high school and continuing through university graduation. This programming will provide students with workforce skills and professional experiences that will help to ensure that they can attain and succeed in high demand careers. Over the course of the 3-year project, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will assist in developing programming, connecting students at USG to industry opportunities, creating civic engagement opportunities, and ensuring long-term sustainability of the ACES career readiness expansion.

Location: Rockville, MD

Contact: Sara Wells, swells12 {at} umd(.)edu, (301) 738-6276

Affordable Housing in Prince George’s County

CKAR is leading partner with Kaiser Permanente in developing a Place-Based Initiative for Greater Riverdale. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will support the Place-Based Initiative work of CKAR through continued collection of data, review of data, and analytics developed by VISTA members in 2019-2020, and a substantial contact database. The VISTA member in this assignment will assist us to successfully work with housing developers to meet community need; support the work of CKAR to increase the involvement of the community; assist in the development of programming for the patio of The Sarvis Empowerment Cafe to inform the community about housing issues; and to track CKAR culinary arts job placement services to identify those students that could benefit from the affordable housing programs along the corridor.

Location: Riverdale Park, MD

Contact: Patricia Hayes-Parker,  peparker {at} ckarcdc(.)org, (240) 608-2527

Be a Chef For a Day- Cooking Up Community Health Project

The Be a Chef for a Day program (BACFAD) is seeking out a self-starting VISTA member for our BACFAD – Cooking Up Community Health Project. BACFAD is a youth-centric and skills-centered dynamic food initiative that provides nutrition education, life and culinary skills and training to youth and their families with the ultimate goal to pull our community out of hunger and poor nutrition-related diseases. BACFAD is creating a York Road Corridor Community Health Unit in collaboration with Morgan State University – Nutritional Science Program. The VISTA member will be responsible of coordinating the effort on York Road Corridor Community and implement tools to measure: improved health outcomes, collaboration, integrated services, and organizational infrastructure and systems. This position would allow the member to work on multiple aspects of community food and nutrition program and get diverse professional experience. 

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Monica Lapenta, m.lapenta {at} italymd(.)org, 703-340-4012

Carroll Community College Community Resources Liaison

The  Community Resources Liaison will work to identify student barriers to success and community partners which might aid students in overcoming these barriers. This CCMA VISTA member will meet with community organizations to establish a partnership between the organization and the College. Additionally, this person will create proactive programming that might help with prevention of stressors as well as educate all members of Carroll Community College (CCC) about what resources exist for students. The VISTA member will create user-friendly guides and resources for students and staff of CCC to connect them to these resources. The VISTA member will create a technology tracking solution within the current technology resources at CCC to ensure up to date referral information. VISTA member must be knowledgeable about low-income students and be able to work with diverse populations. This position reports to the Director, Advising & Transfer.

Location: Westminster, MD

Contact: April Herring, aherring {at} carrollcc(.)edu, 410-386-8444

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Collective Impact VISTA

The Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Collective Impact initiative will assess and support CCMA programs’ collective impact to advance socioeconomic equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. There will be two CCMA Collective Impact VISTA members. Each VISTA member will have a focus area, and will also be responsible for supporting the area of focus for their fellow Collective Impact VISTA member. This CCMA Collective Impact VISTA position will be primarily focused on building CCMA program capacity through pursuing grant funding and development. The CCMA Collective Impact VISTA member focused on grant funding and development will: Research, apply to, and manage relevant grants for CCMA programs; Develop processes, policies, and procedures to make the grants process fully integrated into and sustainable for CCMA following their service; Support coordination with CCMA VISTA members and programs to ensure effective assessment processes are being completed and in creating sustainable community networks; Support the development of processes, policies, and procedures to ensure that CCMA programs are sustained after a VISTA member’s service.

Location: Frederick, MD

Contact: Madeline Yates, yates {at} ccmidatlantic(.)org,
(301) 676-3192

CSM/St Mary’s Public Schools Community Project

The College of Southern MD and St. Mary’s County Public Schools partnership is a program designed to provide information to low-income and first-generation high schools students and their families regarding how to apply for college and financial aid. It also offers information on how to pursue other post-secondary training so that current high school seniors have opportunities for more gainful employment after graduation. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will: Continue to establish and strengthen relationships between CSM/SMCPS/community agencies. Establish and maintain relationships, recruit participants and organize information sessions for personnel at both the SMCPS and CSM administrative offices. Develop strategies to help the key personnel identify gaps in college-going, under-resourced populations and necessary outreach to address those gaps. Establish a connection with St Mary’s County Department of Social Services and identify key mechanisms to support the targeted students, particularly related to homelessness and access to childcare and other assistance while enrolled in college. Create and implement strategies to evaluate transition-to-college programs. Assess results and write a report regarding the results. Present results to interested parties. Determine the number of the targeted population that enrolled in post-secondary education after attending information sessions.

Location: La Plata, MD

Contact: Jacqui Rogers, jgrogers {at} csmd(.)edu, 301-934-7571

Fair Chance at Higher Education Towson University VISTA

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Towson University as part of the Fair Chance Higher Education at TU initiative will play an important role in establishing a sustainable educational program to support formerly incarcerated people in their pursuit of higher education. The CCMA-AmeriCorps VISTA will support the project’s awareness-building, outreach, training, and assessment efforts. Specifically, the CCMA-AmeriCorps VISTA member will: (1) Review research on best practices related to program goals, (2) Maintain a database on campus and community resources, (3) Conduct outreach efforts on campus and in the community, (4) Deliver presentations to campus and community groups, (5) Assist in program assessment efforts, (6) Coordinate with campus and community partners to achieve project goals, and (7) Complete an end-of-year report.

Location: Towson, MD

Contact: Elyshia Aseltine, easeltine {at} towson(.)edu, 410-704-5222

FCC/FCPS Career and College Readiness VISTA

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will act as a liaison to Frederick County Public Schools for Frederick Community College’s continued work with the ESL population. They will meet with stakeholders from across campus and throughout the Frederick community as we continue to partner to increase communication about the programming and needs of our ESL students. They will research best practices for providing education and services to the ESL population and share this information with multiple stakeholders. The VISTA will be expected to create and give presentations to small and large groups, as well as continue the ESL Peer Mentoring Project that has been established with Frederick High School and work to establish ESL Peer Mentoring Projects at an additional FCPS high school.

Location: Frederick, MD

Contact: Elizabeth Duffy, eduffy {at} frederick(.)edu, 240-629-7886

Food Security Initiative Towson University

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at Towson University will develop curriculum for a workshop series around financial and food security, including topics such as, meal planning, food demonstrations, and budgeting. Additionally, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of the Food Share by creating and implementing a training curriculum for pantry volunteers. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will use data gathered from campus surveys, along with institutional data, to target the students and community members who are in the greatest need. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will build campus and community partnerships to ensure that this project will be sustainable beyond the 3 years.

Location: Towson, MD

Contact: Anthony Skevakis, askevakis {at} towson(.)edu, 410-704-2270

Friendship Public Charter School Alumni Affairs VISTA

The VISTA will work collaboratively with team members to develop and implement alumni outreach and engagement strategies, campaigns, and programs; Research and evaluate past programs and events; Coordinate the production and dissemination of a diverse range of collateral tailored to specific audiences, including social media content, emails, newsletters, and blog posts; Develop, implement, and manage a social media strategy and presence; Work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues to plan and execute strategies; Other duties as assigned.

Location: Washington, DC

Contact: Brett Gotlib, BGotlib {at} friendshipschools(.)org, (202) 281-1700

Grover Essentials and Beyond

The CCMA VISTA will work with staff members to: Enhance and review data and Grover Essentials SOPs, incorporate regular student feedback review cycles into CSEF assessment plans, assist in the oversight of the maintenance and operations of Grover Essentials Assist in the creation of a Grover Essentials Impact Report to expand awareness of food insecurity and stimulate partnerships Identify and strengthen community partnerships in support of Grover Essentials inventory or education Communicate and implement the incorporation of a “family” option into the Grover Essentials SOP Develop and host activities each semester focused on food access and/or healthy, cost-effective meal planning & household budgeting Enhance delivery format for food insecurity resources and update internal resource bank Develop and implement structure, roles, and training for a student volunteer group Site visits of 3-5 food pantries housed by MD colleges or universities and document general information

Location: Rockville, MD

Contact: Andrea Milo, amilo {at} umd(.)edu, (301) 738-6217

Improving Operations of Non-Profit to Eliminate Poverty

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member will assist the Executive Director to complete the basics application for Standards For Excellence; support the development of a Grant Calendar; assist the staff in writing several grants; and support a consultant to develop an operations manual. The VISTA Member will also support the work of CKAR Board Members in programming for the continuing 2020 Capital Campaign for the Sarvis Café. The VISTA’s support is foundational and will be continued through a new Assistant Director position in 2021. The success of the VISTA’s work will be measured in an increase in attendance for programs, an increase in volunteers, grant awards and donor giving.

Location: Riverdale Park, MD

Contact: Patricia Hayes-Parker,  peparker {at} ckarcdc(.)org, (240) 608-2527

International Rescue Committee Economic Opportunities for New Americans Communications

This position will be critical to building International Rescue Committee’s capacity by supporting the finalization and rollout of CEO’s Communications Strategy – inclusive of working closely with the director in launching CEO’s social media presence (CEO currently has none) and playing a significant role in helping CEO establish and build borrower and stakeholder engagement. The position will have flexibility in taking on tasks within the broader communication strategy that are aligned with the VISTAs areas of interest and future career goals, including: social media development, implementation, web development, graphic design, development, testing and refinement of key messaging, and ongoing key performance indicators/data analytics on effectiveness of said efforts. This position will also work closely with the VISTA Data Analysis Coordinator to help develop data visualizations and amplify local impacts and evidence.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Kasra Movahedi, kasra.movahedi {at} rescue(.)org, (619) 990-1472

International Rescue Committee Data Analysis for Refugee Programs

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will read, observe, and understand the IRC’s strategic action plan and program activities, goals, and outcomes. They will evaluate current data collection and reporting methods across economic empowerment programs, and create proposals for data improvement plans. With input from program leads, they will implement approved pilot plans, and assess effectiveness. The VISTA will also develop and deploy a survey instrument to assess IRC client satisfaction with services, with a specific focus on economic empowerment services. The VISTA will compile results and present to IRC program leads.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Andrea Meyer, Andrea.Meyer {at} rescue(.)org, 410-327-1885

Johns Hopkins Expanding Educational Offerings 1st-12th

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member will be an integral part of the Center for Social Concern, focusing their efforts on expanding the effectiveness of existing educational programming and creating platforms for increased offerings to Baltimore City youth. By creating the framework for program implementation and evaluation, the VISTA Member will assist the CSC in expanding programming to local middle school students by 2022. The hired Member will evaluate existing programming, create educational opportunities for local youth, and will explore the possibility for new programming.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Yong Song, ysong {at} jhu(.)edu, (410) 516-7673

Johns Hopkins and Saints Philips and James Pantry

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will enhance our partnership with SSPJ and campus stakeholders by developing a model to recruit and train student volunteers; creating nutrition education programming curricula; coordinating collaborative programs/events; and forming connections with community resources to empower low-income students, employees and families in nearby neighborhoods to meet basic needs and eventually (long-term) change their lives.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Irene Ferguson, Ifergus4 {at} jhu(.)edu, (410) 516-8666

Let’s Make a Difference Project

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will assist in the overall development of the Let’s Make A Difference Project. The Let’s Make A Difference Project is a youth development project created by the Community Engagement Institute at Wesley Theological Seminary and Raising A Village Foundation for middle and high school students in District of Columbia schools. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will serve with staff to build capacity and recruit Driven Student Guides (DSGs) through Federal Work Study (FWS) programs to provide support for students in the areas of academics, social-emotional learning, social impact, and college and career readiness. This includes the development of curriculum, the on-site planning and implementation of in-school programs, the creation of training seminars and resources for DSGs, as well as the implementation of best practices for FWS recruitment and onboarding of DSGs, and additional university and secondary school partners. As coordinator of the program, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will also work with program assistants from the Let’s Make A Difference Project-Student Worker program to develop implementation, assessment measures as well as long term student outcome measures. The LMAD curriculum is adapted from the CEI Fellows program and RAV’s Driven 2 Succeed program to assist in creating clear pathways to productive citizenship by giving students the tools needed to thrive in school, community and life.

Location: Washington, DC

Contact: Jaleesa Hall, jhall {at} wesleyseminary(.)edu, (202) 706-6836

Notre Dame of MD University YES Program

The AmeriCorps VISTA will: Maintain and expand relationships between NDMU, partner schools, community members, service organizations/programs in Baltimore City/York Road, and other Baltimore Anchor institutions; Maintain and expand existing academic support through tutoring initiatives and student mentoring programming in partner schools; Plan and implement health-based programming with school partners and NDMU personnel; and Investigate and recommend a programming sustainability plan to ensure the long-term success of the YES Program and its partners.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Emily Donlon, edonlon {at} ndm(.)edu, 410-532-3422

Retriever Essentials Food Access Initiative

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will implement the operation manual to continue institutionalizing all Retriever Essentials programming, while updating the manual to ensure needs are met in the most efficiently. They will coordinate volunteers for daily operations of the food pantry, including donation collection, inventory, bag packing/delivery, and client shopping. The VISTA will also develop a fundraising plan to raise money to support the new permanent pantry space on campus and to fund a staff member. They will work to develop partnerships with departments and student groups and on and off-campus partners to provide programming and events around food justice and healthy eating on a budget. Additionally, the VISTA will coordinate the student leadership board to help institutionalize Retriever Essentials. They will train students in researching and advocating for food and housing insecure students. The VISTA will create and update promotional content and develop marketing strategies.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact: Eloise Grose, elgrose1 {at} umbc(.)edu, 410-455-2493

Towson University Food Security Initiative

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at Towson University will develop curriculum for a workshop series around financial and food security, including topics such as, meal planning, food demonstrations, and budgeting. Additionally, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of the Food Share by creating and implementing a training curriculum for pantry volunteers. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will use data gathered from campus surveys, along with institutional data, to target the students and community members who are in the greatest need. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will build campus and community partnerships to ensure that this project will be sustainable beyond the 3 years

Location: Towson, MD

Contact: Anthony Skevakis, askevakis {at} towson(.)edu, (410) 704-2270

Web-Based Resource Center for Community Empowerment

The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will coordinate the development of a web-based resource center that will be used to provide information on a variety of topics significant to the community and will include vetted resource links that community members can access in order to assist in making various life decisions. These topics will include, but will not be limited to educational resources, personal finances, child care and development and housing. Following, the three-year completion of this project, the resource center will present approximately 50 major topics that will support community residents’ decisions. This site will be used by a variety of community members and stakeholders, including but not limited to-counselors, social workers, support persons, parents, educators, seniors and young adults.

Location: Largo, MD

Contact: Betty Habershon, habersbx {at} pgcc(.)edu, 301-546-0713