AmeriCorps State: commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members a small living stipend and education award in exchange for a term of service. The Power of We Consortium’s AmeriCorps State program focuses on three goals to reduce chronic disease for Lansing-area residents: 1) educating community members of all ages about healthy lifestyles, 2) reducing obesity and food insecurity through food distributions and gardening programs, and 3) promoting affordable exercise options. The Power of We Consortium’s AmeriCorps State program currently has members at 9 sites: click here to learn more about them. View current position openings.
AmeriCorps VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, is a national service program that was designed to eliminate poverty through capacity building in American communities. The VISTA program, created in 1965 and conceived by President John F. Kennedy, was formally incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993 and now governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps VISTA Program began in 2006 and has placed VISTA members at multiple host sites, or sub-sites, at area non-profits, public agencies, and faith and community–based organizations. The VISTA members commit to one year of full-time service in InghamCounty in the areas of education and economic opportunity. They have the unique charge of building their host site’s organizational , administrative and financial capacity. To view The Power of We Consortium’s current Americorps VISTA team, visit the AmeriCorps VISTA Sites page. We are now recruiting VISTA members for the 2014-2015 year–view position openings.