• AmeriCorps VISTA Service Description




    Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 by Lyndon Johnson as a national service program designed to specifically fight the war on poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Today, about 46 million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you'll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.
    VISTAs serve for one year, and during their year they are assigned a number of existing programs to continue managing or are tasked with starting new programs. These programs are designed to fight poverty in six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.
    VISTA Summer Associates (VSA) serve during the summer school months and fill a variety of positions. VSA service will engage volunteers in intensive service in summer school, Club TIGER, and community organization settings.
    For information on VISTA benefits and where to apply, please click here, and check below for all the exciting projects VISTAs are involved in.


Snack in a Pack
Snack in a Pack (SIAP) provides supplemental food packs over weekends and holiday breaks for students who may otherwise go hungry while not in school. Snack in a Pack is managed by the Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA program. 
SIAP provides weekly meals for approximately 325 students within the Waynesville R-VI School District. SIAP is a 100% donation-driven program that relies on the generosity of its partners, donors, and the multitude of community volunteers to continue its mission to feed hungry children and improve educational success.
The cost to support each student receiving a pack is approximately $200 for the school year. With the current number of student recipients, the total cost to feed all of them is approximately $65,000 each year. Snack in a Pack is always in need of donations (monetary or in-kind) and the help of volunteers interested in supporting the program. 
Schools served by the program include:
Williams Early Childhood Center
East Elementary 
Freedom Elementary
Partridge Elementary
Thayer Elementary
Wood Elementary
Waynesville Sixth Grade Center
Waynesville Middle School
Waynesville High School
Waynesville Career Center