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Mississippi Delta Service Corps/AmeriCorps*VISTA 

Mission

The mission of the Mississippi Delta Service Corps/AmeriCorps*Volunteers In Service To America program is to empower individuals and organizations with skills and knowledge needed to implement and sustain programs in their communities.

Program Description

AmeriCorps*VISTA is a national service program dedicated to eliminating poverty by helping individuals and low-income neighborhoods make positive changes for themselves. Through AmeriCorps*VISTA, ordinary people provide extraordinary service in more than 1,200 projects nationwide.MDSC/A*VISTA is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service out of Washington, D.C. and has an annual operating budget of over $450,000.00. The program consists of 3 full-time staff and 25 full-time members who are assigned to non-profit agencies throughout the 11 counties of the Mississippi Delta region. VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. VISTAs can also:

  • Create an adult literacy awareness campaign and recruit volunteer tutors
  • Set up transitional housing dedicated to helping the homeless turn their lives around
  • Expand programs to help low-income families obtain affordable health insurance
  • Recruit mentors for children of incarcerated parents
  • Organize shelter and job opportunities for victims of disasters

Program Success

Since 2003, the Mississippi Delta Service Corps/AmeriCorps*VISTA program has made a significant impact in the lives of community residents through Economic Opportunities, Healthy Futures, and Education. For more information on AmeriCorps*VISTA, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista.

Contact Information

Linda Stringfellow, Project Director
lstringf@deltastate.edu
Phone: (662) 846-4332

Stedmond Ware, Project Coordinator
sware@deltastate.edu
Phone: (662) 846-4338

Lakisha Butler, Marketing and Recruiting Associate
kbutler@deltastate.edu
Phone: (662) 846-4848

Documents and Forms

2015 National Service Days
2015-2016 Stipend Schedule and Timesheet Deadline
Absentee and Leave Policy
Blank Monthly Report Form
Holiday Leave Form
In-Kind Documentation Form
Leave Request Form
Photograph Release Form
Progress Report Form
Sample VISTA Project Work Plan
VISTA Member and Supervisor Quarterly Evaluation

The AmeriCorps*VISTA Program of the CCED honored its partnering organizations and Site Supervisors for National Volunteer Week on Monday, April 13th at The Senator’s Place in Cleveland, MS. VISTA members and staff paid tribute to the people who obligate their time and effort to directing VISTA members simply because they have a heart to serve. Pictured: AmeriCorps*VISTA Member Hollie Williams (center) with her site supervisors.