The 2015 - 2016 UW-Parkside VISTA Project needs YOU!
The UW-Parkside VISTA Project is excited for a new group of VISTAs to come on board. We are looking for hard-working, service-oriented people to make a year-long, full-time commitment to help alleviate poverty in our community. You will focus your efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity within your organization. Through VISTA, you can make a tangible difference in people's lives. And, you'll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantages circumstances turn their dreams into reality.
2015 - 2016 Host Sites:
- City of Racine Department of City Development
- Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha
- John XXIII Educational Center
- Racine Vocational Ministry (RVM) / Continuum of Care (CoC)
- Racine Literacy Council
- Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization, Inc. (HALO)
- Focus on Community
Are you interested in joining the UW-Parkside VISTA Project? Contact VISTA@uwp.edu for more information.
Benefits of Joining AmeriCorps VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to one full year of service, and in return you receive a modest living allowance, have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service, and gain experiences you will not find anywhere else!
What Does AmeriCorps VISTA Offer?
What Does UW-Parkside Offer?
Outside Employment Policy
As of May 2015, the VISTA program revised its policy on outside employment to make VISTA service more accessible. You are now able to have employment outside of your VISTA position, as long as it does not interfere in any way with your project assignment.
This is huge for VISTA members! If you are relocating to the area and uncertain about cost of living and making it work on the living allowance, this gives you the option to make some extra money to support yourself in a new community.
Living in Our Community
The UW-Parkside VISTA Project places members throughout Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin. Idyllically settled on Lake Michigan, these municipalities are centrally located between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI.
Is it your first time in Southeastern Wisconsin? Be sure to check out Real Racine and the Kenosha Visitors & Convention Bureau for all of the local events, food hot spots, and more!
Living on a VISTA budget can be challenging, but there are plenty of ways to cut monthly costs. Take advantage of food share benefits, low budget meal resources, free events in the area, energy assistance if needed, living with a roommate, and more! UW-Parkside VISTA Project offers a $100 rent stipend for housing assistance to make living costs easier to manage. To get a better idea of what it's like to live in our community, see this sample budget.
Life After VISTA
Have you ever wondered what life after VISTA could be like? What job opportunities are available? Hear from former VISTA member Tracy Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Kenosha County, to learn more about the impact AmeriCorps VISTA had on her career path.