Who We Are
The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Team (MCNW VT) is a group of AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinated by Mercy Corps Northwest. We work throughout Oregon to end poverty through capacity building and innovation. Our team is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, that engages over 5,000 people in service with AmeriCorps VISTA every year. Our members have been retired persons, mid-life career changers, recent college graduates, and everything in between. You can read more about our current and former members here.
What We Do
We tackle poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon, from Portland to Bend. Mercy Corps NW AmeriCorps VISTAs expand economic opportunities and increase food security in low income communities. In the past, our VISTAs have developed healthier food boxes, created training opportunities for low income entrepreneurs, designed financial wellness curricula, and much more. You can find out more about our current projects here.
For more information on the national AmeriCorps VISTA program please see the video below or visit the official AmeriCorps website, located here.
How to Join
We’re looking for committed people who want to devote a year of their lives to service. You’ll make poverty-level wages, receive a basic health benefit package, and serve full time. At the end of the year you’ll receive either an education award of about $5,820 or a cash stipend of $1,800—your choice. And, most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to dedicate yourself exclusively to helping others. You can find out more by reading our FAQ page, located here.
If that appeals to you we’d love to see an application from you during our recruitment periods: early autumn and late spring.
We will be recruiting for AmeriCorps VISTA positions to begin in February, 2018. Please be sure to check this page for more information.
If you have questions after completing a review of our FAQ, you can contact our AmeriCorps VISTA program director, Matthew Cramer with further questions about joining AmeriCorps VISTA at mcramer
Can your organization use an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer?
AmeriCorps VISTAs can help nonprofits and public agencies grow new programs or expand old ones. Maybe you have an idea for a novel way to offer financial education in your community. Maybe you want to completely redesign how you recruit volunteers. These are exactly the kinds of initiatives that VISTAs support.
For more information on how to host a VISTA member, please thoroughly review the basic terms and conditions of service, located here in order to determine whether or not your project might be a good fit for us. An important note: it’s essential that potential organizations read and consider the regulations that govern our activities. These policies are firm and cannot be changed for individual circumstances.
If you meet the basic terms and conditions or have a general interest in finding out more about sponsoring an AmeriCorps VISTA contact:
VISTA Program Supervisor
Phone: (503) 896-5074