Programs

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for 1 full year at a community organization on anti-poverty projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members work on projects that build the capacity of their organization.

 

WELCOME VISTA MEMBERS!

We would like to welcome our two COMPACT AmeriCorps VISTA members to the team!  The members started on June 08, 2020 and will serve with COMPACT for 12 months. Please help us in welcoming Stacy and Rebecca! 

 

Stacy Bile joins the McLean County Community COMPACT as the Resource Development VISTA, who will focus on the development of resources,  including  volunteer resources as well as cash and in-kind resources, that support and expand COMPACT’s portfolio of programs.  Stacy volunteers as the French and Lingala translator and interpreter at the Immigration Project. She holds her bachelor degrees in International Studies, Communication & Rhetorical Studies, and Spanish from Illinois College. While attending Illinois College, Stacy spent a semester in Puerto Rico where she studied International Studies at the University of Sagrado Corazon in the fall of 2019. Prior to her semester as an exchange student, Stacy participated in a weeklong class trip to Puerto Rico where the class partnered with the Sail Relief Team to help with damages caused by hurricane Maria. After serving, Stacy plans to further her education. She is still deciding where and what she wants to study.  

 

Rebecca Forsythe joins the McLean County Community COMPACT as the Community Engagement VISTA and will focus on marketing and outreach that enhance community coordination of workforce development efforts in McLean County. Rebecca previously served with the AmeriCorps VISTA program from 2017-2018 in Newport, Rhode Island as a Campus Compact for Southern New England VISTA with her site located at Salve Regina University. As a VISTA member with Campus Compact, she focused on first-generation and low-income college student retention, specifically first-year students where she created programs focused on introduction to service scholarships and community engagement resources. After completing her service, Rebecca moved to Bloomington, Illinois in 2018 to pursue her Master’s degree in Sociology at Illinois State University, where she held a position as a graduate teaching assistant to courses such as Introduction to Sociology and Social Statistics. She will complete her Master’s degree in August of 2020. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Rebecca is from Middletown, Rhode Island, living there for 23 years before moving to Bloomington-Normal. After her service year as the Community Engagement VISTA with COMPACT, Rebecca plans to attend graduate school to receive her Ph.D. in Sociology. 

 

Goal of COMPACT’s VISTA Project:

To support McLean County’s overarching goal to have 60% of the population with a postsecondary credential by 2025 while focusing on equitable access to success.  The VISTA project will increase COMPACT’s ability to serve more people and new populations, while also expanding the types of workforce development services provided.  VISTA resources will move people out of poverty by addressing two factors that can lead individuals to poverty; employment and education.  

 

Two VISTA Positions at COMPACT:

  • Resource Development VISTA:  focus on resource  development  (including volunteer resources as well as cash and in-kind resources) that support and expand COMPACT’s portfolio of programs.
  • Community Engagement VISTA: focus on marketing and outreach that enhance community coordination of workforce development efforts in McLean County.

 

Qualification:

Applicants need to be over 18 years old when they start their AmeriCorps VISTA service and must have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens.   There is no upper age limit to apply to AmeriCorps VISTA. 

 

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should have some college experience/work experience; interest in workforce development and community engagement; strong communication skills, ability to problem-solve, and aptitude to work in a team environment is required.   Must be able to navigate challenges and stressors well, provide excellent customer service and thrive in a professional environment.  

 

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, experience with working with a diverse audience, public speaking and writing/editing experience.  

 

We are seeking applicants with characteristics that align with COMPACT Core Values of 1) Collaborations, 2) Commitment, 3) Equity, 4) Innovation, and 5) Outcome Focused.


How to Apply: 
Apply directly through the My AmeriCorps Portal:  my.americorps.gov.

 

Service Term: 

This is a 12-month service term. 

 

Benefits of Service: 

AmeriCorps VISTA is more than a service opportunity, you will also build valuable leadership and project management skills. You will start service with an orientation and have access to professional development opportunities throughout the year. As a capacity-builder, you will be focused on sustainability supporting local organizations and agencies. You will be gaining professional experience and building skills as you learn, experiment, and adapt to a new environment while delivering outcomes.  Members receive a $12,456 living allowance and an end-of-service award which is a selection between a $6,195 education award or $1,800 cash stipend.  Members also receive paid time off and relocation reimbursement (if eligible) and have access to Health Care Benefit options. Loan forbearance and deferment is also available for qualified student loans, and members with children under the age of 13 may qualify for VISTA childcare benefit.  More information on VISTA Benefits of Service can be found at:  https://www.vistacampus.gov/members/benefits-of-service

 

More information: 

To learn more about our open postions, please contact Jancy LaFollette, COMPACT Manager, at jancy@mcleancochamber.org or at 309-829-1185.  

 

To find out about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, in general, please visit: www.nationalservice.gov