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Volunteer Tennessee
Jim Snell, Executive Director

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps*VISTA logo and link to VISTA page

AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in each of Tennessee's three grand divisions, East, Middle and West Tennessee. The following is a listing of all the Tennessee AmeriCorps VISTA project sites for 2013. For more information on Tennessee AmeriCorps VISTA, please contact Michael Laverty at the Corporation for National and Community Service TN State Office at 615-736-5561, ext. 1 or


What is AmeriCorps VISTA? As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you'll be assigned for one year, full-time, to a nonprofit organization--a shelter for abused or battered women, a health clinic for low-income families, or a disadvantaged school. Or you may be assigned to an organization that is helping people move from welfare to work or that is introducing technology to an underserved neighborhood.

Where? You could find a project close to home or may choose to move to a new place. Why do people join AmeriCorps VISTA? First, there's the incredible work experience, tremendous responsibility, and great challenges. You'll develop new skills or further challenge abilities you've already developed. You'll also enjoy the satisfaction of making a real difference, helping a community help itself.

What are the benefits? Training, a living allowance, health insurance, and relocation expenses (if you move). You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it. And you'll receive an education award of $5,550, which you can use to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training, or to pay off student loans. Or, you may choose to receive a post-service stipend instead of the education award.

What are the qualifications? You must be at least 18 years old. Most programs seek members with college degrees or at least three years of work experience. There is no upper age limit, and many AmeriCorps VISTA members bring significant work and life experience to their assignment. Self-initiative, flexibility, and organizational skills are a must. Fluency in Spanish or other languages can also be helpful in certain programs.

Who do I contact for more information?
Corporation for National and Community Service TN State Office
Michael Laverty
615-736-5561, ext. 1