AmeriCorps VISTA Offers More Ways to Serve Georgia

If you have a passion for service – especially related to issues of homelessness, our Balance of State (BoS) Coordinated Entry System (CES) and AmeriCorps VISTA have opportunities for you. Keep reading for more information about getting involved and making a difference.

What is BoS CES? Georgia’s BoS Continuum of Care (CoC) is composed of representatives of relevant organizations within 152 of the state’s 159 counties. Its mission is consistent with HUD’s Strategic Plan and the Federal Interagency Homeless Council’s “Home, Together” plan. CES is an important process in which people experiencing homelessness can gain access to appropriate, tailored housing and mainstream services within a community or designated region.

What is AmeriCorps VISTA? AmeriCorps is a national organization whose members serve in a variety of capacities. VISTA – Volunteers in Service to America – members have a specific focus on poverty.

How are these programs related? The VISTA project will have an integral role in assisting the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in expanding the BoS CES.

I’m interested. What are the details? As a VISTA member, you will help address poverty by increasing the capacity, collaboration and effectiveness of regional coordinated entry system. Duties may include community outreach and engagement; financial and in-kind resource development; volunteer management; and tracking, gathering and evaluating coordinated entry system data.

What skills do I need? Community outreach, public speaking, computer/technology knowledge, volunteer recruitment, writing and editing, and working as a team – just to name a few.

Where are some of the service opportunities? Bartow, Bibb, Clayton, Dougherty, Douglas, Glynn, Gwinnett, Houston, Lowndes and Troup Counties.

Aside from making a difference in the lives of people, what other benefits are available?

  • Living allowance: $479.00 bi-weekly
  • Health care coverage
  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)
  • Annual and medical leave (10 days)
  • Education award ($6,000) or End of Service Stipend ($1800)
  • Training and relocation benefit of $750 (Minimum distance: 50 miles)

Count me in! How do I apply, and who can I contact? Visit MyAmeriCorps.Gov and click “Apply to Serve.” Email us at BoSVISTA@dca.ga.gov