Learn how to become a summer or fulltime AmeriCorps VISTA!

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service & volunteering. AmeriCorps members & volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture.

AmeriCorps focuses on these key areas to make an impact: economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, disaster response, healthy futures, & veterans & military families.

AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years or older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with an organization (“sponsor”) to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals & communities in overcoming poverty. The power of AmeriCorps VISTA is extraordinary, & brings talented, passionate people on board to create or enhance anti-poverty programs by expanding the capacity of an organization.

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Fit-2-Serve & AmeriCorps

Fit-2-Serve has partnered with AmeriCorps because we know that poverty goes beyond the amount of money one has in their bank account. When we think of poverty, we think of self-poverty, community poverty, & environmental poverty. It is our mission to create a more vibrant community. We can do this by focusing on these specific areas of poverty starting with our youth. 

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Read what past VISTAS say about serving with Fit-2-Serve!

"During the three years I was with AmeriCorps & Fit-2-Serve, I not only was blessed to serve the community of Mattoon, IL by equipping the next generation but also had many opportunities to grow. This personal growth came from many of the experiences I had while at F2S including working with the community youth, team development sessions, the mentorship from Bill Duey & Cheryl Lee, & of course many community relationships that I created.

I learned many things about myself that will impact me for the rest of my life. Things like my ability to lead, my strength, my core values, and so much more. The truth is, I cannot express in words how grateful I am for the opportunities to serve, learn, grow, & know Bill & Cheryl that AmeriCorps made possible."

"I love how the kids interact in the garden & how they put their "try-it shoes" on when we make healthy snacks. I wasn't really interested in working with children, yet I fell in love with each one. I am definitely happy that I got to experience a wonderful summer with everyone at Fit-2-Serve!"

"Being a part of Fit-2-Serve & the work they are doing in the community has been such a blessing! Seeing the impact that the Community Bridges programs are having on the youth is beautiful. Seeing students of all ages connect to the material being taught & having that light bulb moment will never get old. The students learn so much about who they are & develop useful skills that they can use later in life & that, among MANY other reasons, is why I love serving with Fit-2-Serve!

I could not have asked for a better team to be a part of. The amount of encouragement, love & support they give is beyond words. This team has helped me start to step into my full potential & it has been an amazing experience. I have not only gained confidence & leadership skills, but mentors & true friends." 

"Working for Fit-2-Serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I am able to make a difference in the lives of the community I grew up in. Additionally, I love that I can integrate my degree in Nutrition & Dietetics with my passion for gardening to fulfill my responsibilities. My experience as a VISTA has helped me learn lessons that aren't available in a conventional classroom setting, therefore I recommend it to anyone who is interested in changing their lives as well as of their community."

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