United Way Seeking 20-Plus VISTA Coordinators to Help Expand “Schools and Communities: Together for Tomorrow”

Are you looking for an unforgettable opportunity to serve? Do you want to make a difference in just one year? Then consider joining with United Way as we expand an innovative national education program that’s helping local students and schools succeed.

More than 20 AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members are currently needed to serve as School-Based Volunteer Program Coordinators with United Way’s Schools and Communities: Together for Tomorrow program.

Launched last year as the Interfaith School Turnaround Pilot, the program was created by the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Investing in Education
Based on United Way’s investment in education, it was chosen to lead the local program in partnership with Orange County Public Schools, Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Cities of Service Orlando Cares initiative, the University of Central Florida and others.

To date, more than 800 community volunteers have been recruited to serve as tutors and mentors at Memorial Middle School and three Orange County elementaries, with expansion scheduled for additional Central Florida locations during the upcoming school year.

As the program grows, VISTAs will help recruit, train, engage and manage volunteers who will work closely with students in improving attendance, behavior, academic performance and access to college. Participation requires a one-year commitment and includes a modest living allowance and end-of-year stipend through CNCS.

Gain Lifelong Skills & Knowledge
Schools and Communities: Together for Tomorrow is a terrific example of how individuals, as well as public, private and nonprofit organizations can rally together to improve education,” said Joan Nelson, United Way Vice President of Community Investment. “VISTAs are a key part of the program’s success. In addition to making a tangible difference, they also gain new knowledge, skills and experiences that will last a lifetime.”

To learn more about United Way’s VISTA positions, click here. For information about becoming a school volunteer click here, or contact the United Way Volunteer Resource Center at (407) 429-2127 or e-mail volunteercenter@hfuw.org.


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