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AmeriCorps VISTA

City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA


Who are we?

The City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Team is a group of AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinated by the City of Memphis. Our mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. We work throughout Memphis to end poverty through capacity building and innovation. Our team is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, that engages over 5,000 people in service with AmeriCorps VISTA every year. Our members have been retired persons, mid-life career changers, recent graduates, and everything in between.​

Read about our current members. 


What we do?

We tackle poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Memphis. City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Members expand economic & affordable housing opportunities and increase workforce development in economically disadvantaged communities. In the past, our VISTAs have developed volunteer programs, created training opportunities for economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, designed financial wellness curricula, and much more.​

Read about our current VISTA partner sites. 

For more information on the national AmeriCorps VISTA program please see the video below or visit the official AmeriCorps VISTA site.


How to join?

We’re looking for committed community members who want to devote a year of their lives to service. You’ll receive a living allowance, a basic health allowance package, training and professional development support, and serve full time. At the end of the year you’ll receive either an education award of $6,195 or a cash stipend of $1,800—your choice. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to fight for economic justice and dedicate yourself exclusively to serving the community! You can find out more by reading our FAQ or by clicking the Current Service Opportunities link below. If you are interested in any of our open positions, please submit an application during our recruitment period in winter and early spring to start your service in early-mid summer.​

The applications for our 2021-2022 VISTA Positions and Summer 2021 VISTA Positions are live! Check the Current Service Opportunities below.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Scroll through our current service opportunities by clicking on the arrows below. Click on the position that interests you to be redirected to the application page.

BBBS Volunteer Marketing VISTA

Site Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Focus Area(s) Primary: Education Secondary: Healthy Futures

The VISTA would build the capacity of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Inc. (BBBS) by developing a sustainable alumni engagement and volunteer recruitment marketing strategy to increase the number of at-risk children served, in addition to an engagement marketing plan that can be modified after VISTA service ends.

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BBBS Volunteer Recruitment VISTA

Site Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Focus Area(s) Primary: Education Secondary: Healthy Futures

The VISTA would build the capacity of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Inc. (BBBS) by developing a sustainable alumni engagement, advisory council, and volunteer recruitment to increase the number of at-risk children served. Beneficiaries are children of single or incarcerated parents, or children in guardianship or foster care. The VISTA will develop a process of alumni/volunteer engagement including development of policies and procedures regarding volunteers, recruitment strategies, a mechanism to track volunteer hours and productivity, and a measurement of agency and volunteer satisfaction.

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CoM VISTA Leader

Site Name: City of Memphis – Office of Talent Development

Focus Area(s) Primary: Capacity Building

The VISTA Leader will work to enhance VISTA project success and sustainability by facilitating the VISTA team, supporting team members in their work, and working in partnership with the VISTA project supervisor on project management tasks.

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CoM Parks & Neighborhoods Volunteer Program VISTA

Site Name: City of Memphis – Parks & Neighborhoods

Focus Area(s) Primary: Healthy Futures Secondary

 The CoM Parks Volunteer Program VISTA will develop and implement strategies for volunteer recruitment, training, tracking, retention, and retirement. Coordinating volunteer efforts will allow the City of Memphis Parks Division to expand a variety of services to low-income families in Memphis. The expanded volunteer program will provide new opportunities for low-income young adults to gain valuable work experience via volunteer projects.

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Data Analyst VISTA

Site Name: Grizzlies Foundation

Focus Area(s) Primary: Education Secondary: Capacity Building

The Data Analyst VISTA will build MMG’s capacities to collect and analyze network level data, support youth mentoring programs in implementing research-based best practices known as the Elements of Effective Practice in Mentoring and incorporate data into organizational decision making. The VISTA will assess and improve MMG data collection systems to ensure data collection is responsive to the needs of all stakeholders serving our youth living in low-income households.

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EcOp Re-entry Process & Website Coordinator VISTA

Site Name: Leadership Memphis

Focus Area(s) Primary: Economic Opportunity Secondary

The goal of the VISTA project is to build capacity through the enhancement of Economic Opportunities’ (EcOp) operational processes and virtual systems. The Re-entry Process & Website Coordinator VISTA will further develop and enhance 1) management and virtual systems, 2) program data collection, analysis, and dissemination 3) process procedures in relation to Shepherds and Participants, and 4) client-employer programs.

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Youth and Young Adult Resource Program VISTA

Site Name: Leadership Memphis

Focus Area(s) Primary: Veterans and Military Families

The VISTA will serve to build an infrastructure and develop, compliance, and outreach strategies to grow the scope and impact of the Volunteer Memphis service partners that support the economic development of their clients’ education and anti-poverty initiatives. The VISTA will create and coordinate events and projects that address the service requirement needs of youth and young adults.

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SCG_Veterans Services VISTA

Site Name: Shelby County Government-Community Services

Focus Area(s) Primary: Veterans and Military Families Secondary: Economic Opportunity

The goal of the project is to expand capacity and create sustainable solutions for the veterans and their families in Shelby County toward the goal of increasing economic opportunity and viability. The VISTA Volunteer will expand capacity and build an infrastructure for 1) benefits claims filing, 2) program development, 3) coordinated veterans support and 4) community outreach.

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SCG_Healthy Shelby County VISTA

Site Name: Shelby County Government – Parks & Neighborhoods

Focus Area(s) Primary: Healthy Futures Secondary

The VISTA will build community garden operational infrastructure through research, create interactive programs, and building capacity for developing sustainability for the community gardens. This VISTA will create educational curriculum to supplement local community gardens. Additionally, the VISTA will provide support with researching best practices for municipal ran community gardens and building capacity to create a sustainability model for the community gardens.

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Healthy Shelby County (Environment and Conservation) VISTA

Site Name: Shelby County Government – Parks & Neighborhoods

Focus Area(s) Primary: Healthy Futures Secondary: Capacity Building

The VISTA will research best practices for municipally run environment and conservation program, events, and campaigns. They will design educational curriculum, resources, interactive programming, and marketing materials. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge and awareness of climate change, environmental, and conservation efforts within impoverished areas and beyond of Memphis and Shelby County, TN.

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Read more about our open positions.


Could your organization benefit from an AmeriCorps VISTA project?

AmeriCorps VISTAs can support nonprofits and public agencies in growing new programs or expanding old ones. Maybe you have an idea for a novel way to offer financial education in your community. Maybe you want to completely redesign how you recruit volunteers. These are exactly the kinds of initiatives that VISTAs support. The City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Program partners with nonprofit and government agencies across Memphis to develop, recruit for, and implement projects that build the capacity of these organizations to better serve the community and alleviate poverty. 

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To get more information, feel free to reach out to us at comamericorps@memphistn.gov. Also, stay in touch by following us on social media and signing up for text notifications by texting “VISTA” to 484848.