AmeriCorps at The University of Arkansas


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AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges.

As a member in the VISTA program, you serve full time for one-year. You will 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.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program at The Center for Community Engagement focuses on making sustainable changes in areas that affect poverty, including education, public health, climate, access to benefits, and more.  

This is a full-time year long role that would great for students taking a gap year, graduated students ready to kickstart their career and gain professional experience, or students wanting to stay in Fayetteville before their next steps. 

There are many benefits to the VISTA program. VISTA members in the program gain professional experience and leadership skills. As a VISTA you will gain skills and experience vital to graduate school applications. This opportunity prepares you for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.   


You receive a modest bi-weekly allowance to cover basic expenses.

Members can choose between a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,895) to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,800 cash stipend.

AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program that allows members to earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving members an edge in the federal hiring process.

You have the opportunity to attend in-person and virtual training to learn how to be a community development change agent.

Position Description  

VAC Food Programs VISTA

The Center for Community Engagement is seeking a VISTA member to advance the work of Full Circle Food Pantry and Razorback Food Recovery and seek out new initiatives to contribute to the regional food system. The Food Programs VISTA will work to build the capacity of programs within the Volunteer Action Center (VAC) and the Center for Community Engagement with the overall goal of serving marginalized communities and alleviating poverty in Northwest Arkansas through expanding food assistance programs and building a network of community partners to strengthen food systems. The member will advise VAC student leaders. The member will also help to grow and adapt existing programs including food recovery and access to food assistance. The member will also focus on building partnerships with other agencies in the region to build capacity for comprehensive assistance resources, food distribution and recovery networks, and to share information and collaborate. The VISTA will build the capacity of the VAC student leaders and the program models to support expanded and new initiatives.


Requirements and Qualifications  

  • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit).
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
  • Full-Time work availability.


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Claire Allison | VISTA Leader |