Anti-Poverty. Veterans and Military Families. Education.
Who We AreServe New York VISTAs commit one year of full-time service to work in non-profit organizations and schools across New York State. Members work closely with the administrative staff of these organizations, providing indirect service, and enhancing their organization’s ability to provide quality programming and support for their clients.
VISTA HistoryAuthorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 to “fight the war on poverty.” VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, and since that time has continued to serve its original mission: to eliminate poverty in the United States. For more VISTA history, please visit NationalService.gov
Join Serve New York!If you are passionate about eliminating poverty and promoting social justice for all, check out our available positions by doing an advanced search for the Program Name: Serve New York. Check out our current openings! Descriptions for positions beginning in March 2017 can be downloaded here.
Serve New York is proud to announce our partner organizations for summer 2016:
Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled Literacy New York Buffalo - Niagara, Inc.
Compeer of Greater Buffalo Massachusetts Avenue Project
Fillmore Forward, Inc. Matt Urban Hope Center
Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency Parent Network of WNY
Foodlink, Inc. Plymouth Crossroads
Ithaca Children's Garden Resource Council of WNY, Inc.
Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc. Seneca Street Community Development Corporation
LAWNY Geneva Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Center
LAWNY Rochester United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.
At the 2016 Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, Serve New York will be honoring 2nd year member, Erin Holbrook. On April 5th, VISTA staff will join Erin in the Mayor's Chambers to be awarded for her dedication to her community. Congratulations, Erin!
- Have the capacity to utilize VISTA members in an indirect service role, and make a strong connection between the organization’s work and Serve New York’s performance goals
- Be willing to provide supervision, staff support and agency resources to ensure the success of member serving at their site
- Be a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, educational institution, or government agency located within New York State but not in New York City