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Mercy Corps Northwest: Perform a year of service with the AmeriCorps VISTA Team!

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Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter

The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Team seeks dedicated applicants from all walks of life to join a cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA members that will begin a year of public service on August 30th of 2018!

We are currently recruiting for the following 9 VISTA positions, most of which are based around the Portland Metro Area with a couple in Central Oregon.

  • ARC of Multnomah-Clackamas: Employment Coordinator–Portland, OR
  • Catholic Charities: Financial Coaching Outreach Coordinator–Portland, OR
  • Community Vision: Affordable Housing Associate–Portland, OR
  • JOIN: Volunteer Coordinator–Portland, OR
  • Meals on Wheels People: Volunteer Outreach & Training Coordinator–Portland, OR
  • NeighborImpact: Asset Integrator–Bend, OR
  • Rosewood Initiative: Pathways to Homeownership Coordinator–Portland, OR
  • Transition Projects: Tenant Education Coordinator–Portland, OR
  • Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT): Community Development Specialist–Warm Springs, OR
Benefits of service:
  • A living allowance paid bi-weekly of $589, or about $1,178/month
  • Upon completion of a service term, the choice of a $1,800 end of service stipend or a $5,920 Segal
  • Education Award that can be used towards education, including eligible student loans. Certain universities will match this award with their own scholarships.
  • A healthcare allowance or benefit plan to cover approved medical expenses. Please note that this is not health insurance—members must secure their own health insurance.
  • Relocation assistance (if moving more than 50 miles to serve)
  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)
  • Training in topics such as communications, grant writing, and project management
  • A $300 scholarship fund to use towards professional development opportunities relating to your VISTA project while in service
  • Upon completion of a service term, one year of Noncompetitive Eligibility for employment with the Federal Government

To apply and for more information, please visit our website: mercycorpsnw.org/community/vista/open-positions/


Olivia Rasmussen, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
orasmussen@mercycorpsnw.org|(503) 896-5094

About the Organization

AmeriCorps VISTAs serving with the Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Team oversee projects that build the long-term capacity of their communities through financial education, job skills training, microenterprise, financial asset development, food security, and affordable housing. They are placed throughout the region in various non-profits or government agencies to perform indirect service—working behind the scenes on projects such as volunteer recruitment, program development, and grant writing. While the programs that VISTAs develop endure for years, VISTAs have limited interaction with clients and generally are based in a non-profit office setting. Participating in the AmeriCorps VISTA program through Mercy Corps NW offers the opportunity to gain advanced project management skills and exercise creativity in program implementation—skills highly desired by employers.

About the Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter

The Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter allows students, faculty, and staff at PCC a more comprehensive look at volunteer needs and opportunities from our community partners. Our hope is that the newsletter will allow subscribers to stay better informed about community service opportunities in the tri-county areas of Portland, Oregon, as well as non-profit internships and scholarships available locally and nationally.

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