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National Service Part of JFK's Legacy

Today Americans are remembering the legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Many in the national service family were inspired by his life, and his legacy lives on through AmeriCorps VISTA, one of the anti-poverty programs he envisioned before his untimely death.

Motivating Volunteers, Making a Difference

Julie Yorkshire looked for details about AmeriCorps VISTA on a website. Benjamin Weaver learned about AmeriCorps VISTA while scrolling through his Twitter feed. Now Julie and Benjamin use the same tools that lured them to the AmeriCorps VISTA program to recruit other volunteers. They are two AmeriCorps alums who are applying their volunteer mobilization skills to their current professional endeavors.

Service to Country, Service to Others

In Gen. George Washington’s farewell orders to the Continental Army, he encouraged the soldiers who united in battle to not only maintain their bond as a “patriotic band of Brothers” but to carry forward the virtues they had learned during military service when they returned home. His wisdom still rings true today, as we see example after example of our soldiers continuing to serve their communities after their military commitments end.

Profiles in Service: Army Veteran Ernest 'Cal' Verdin

He spent 10 years stationed in Fort Bragg, NC; two years in Italy; and more than one year in Iraq.  Now his service continues here, on the homefront, as he helps save lives and rebuild communities.

Sandy’s Survivors: Stronger than the Storm

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last year, areas that rarely saw a storm of that magnitude discovered what it was like to live through a disaster. Experiences like this reinforce what it really means to say that we’re all in this together.

Profiles in Service: Hurricane Sandy

Last week, Veronica Boda returned to her Brigantine, NJ, home to pick up her favorite blankets.  This weekend, she’ll go back to sort through winter clothes.  Veronica is one of many survivors of Hurricane Sandy still struggling to adjust to life after last year’s storm.

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The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program Fact Sheet

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

How long can I serve?

You can serve as a VISTA for up to five years. However, you can only earn up to the value of two education awards. If you earn full-value of two education awards and serve additional years, you must choose the cash stipend.

What is the timeline for acceptance?

The timeline depends on several factors. First, VISTA applications are reviewed by each project that you apply to. If the project and you both agree that the VISTA position is a good match for you, then the State Office will review your application. Once everyone agrees, you will then be officially accepted and will receive information about your pre-service orientation (PSO).


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