United Way AmeriCorps




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AmeriCorps is a national service program enrolling individuals in national community service positions. AmeriCorps members represent the best of America, tirelessly serving people and communities across the country.

AmeriCorps support organizational efforts to recruit and engage members to address unmet community needs.  Grants are awarded to organizations that engage members in evidence based or evidence informed interventions that strengthen PA communities—organizations like the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Your United Way is proud to have 28 AmeriCorps members serving in various positions to gain professional experience. AmeriCorps members work closely with United Way staff and assignments are based in the UW office, school districts and nonprofits throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.

AmeriCorps VISTA

All United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley AmeriCorps VISTA assignments will expand capacity towards population level goals across the region. United Way strives to create change in areas of education, healthy aging and community stability to ensure families can meet their basic needs like food and housing.

The United Way VISTA project focuses on strengthening the networks of providers that deliver services to address concerns and, through working with United Way staff, they support the efforts across all of our impact areas. VISTAs address issues at the programmatic and system levels seeking to identify and deal with the root causes by utilizing the collective impact framework.

VISTA positions are related to our Collective Impact goal. They are posted on the AmeriCorps website; therefore you must apply there directly. When you search for VISTA opportunities on their site, include United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley in the search appropriate field. Learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program here.

For more information on applying to become a member OR to help fund cost shares, contact Jennifer Nicolosi.

AmeriCorps Community Resource Navigators

Why should you serve as a Community Resource Navigator with AmeriCorps?  This program emphasizes transformational experiences for the members. Members receive intensive on-the-job experience, guidance, professional development and mentoring skills.

Once members successfully complete their service term, they will have the skills needed to be community change agents. Members will possess the tools needed to make a difference in their communities.

For more information on applying to become a member or to help fund cost shares, contact Marsha Macalush.

“Helping the guests at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter gave me the opportunity to see the impact of our actions and ensure that low-income individuals get access to fresh food.”

Rebecca Prisco
Nonprofit Capacity Building VISTA

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