AmeriCorps*VISTA

AmeriCorps*VISTA

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, DC and has an annual operating budget of over $450,000.00. The program consists of 2 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, and 9 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

Mission

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

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.

Funders

A grant from the Corporation for National and Community Sercice funds the Mississippi Delta Service Corps/AmeriCorps*VISTA program.

Contact Information

Linda Stringfellow
Project Director
Phone: 662.846.4332