With the higher unemployment rates among the disabled, it is an important mission here at our Labelosophy site to provide information and access to job opportunities for those with disabilities. Many federal employment opportunities can give the disabled or handicapped the chance needed to earn a living and basic income. One such opportunity can be found through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program was established in the 1960s as a type of federal service agency, a domestic alternative to the international PeaceCorps program.
VISTA is an agency which works with local organizations, such as non-profits and small businesses, to provide capacity building. In the ultimate goal of ending poverty in America. Those hired under the VISTA program typically need to have a college education or several years of work experience. VISTAs merged with the sister federal agency AmeriCorps in the 1990s. AmeriCorps is a very similar program to VISTA, except AmeriCorps workers provide direct service to local organizations. For example, a VISTA employee may work at a non-profit to design a program to provide tutoring to low-income children. However, the AmeriCorps employee would be the person who actually works with the children to provide the tutoring lessons. In other words, VISTAs can be viewed as the “behind the scenes” employees. While AmeriCorps employees work on the “front lines.” Read the rest of this entry »