PHILADELPHIA — The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS) is actively inviting applications for 2022-2023 Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps members now through Friday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m. VISTA members work full-time in City departments to build capacity around anti-poverty programming and initiatives. Serve Philadelphia VISTA is an AmeriCorps program that serves as a career pathway for people interested in local government. MOCEVS is looking to bring on its biggest cohort yet for the 2022-2023 service term.

“As a member of the Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps, participants can grow personally and professionally. They will have the opportunity to serve in the areas of economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, homelessness and affordable housing, and opioid emergency response. We are excited for our VISTA program to continue to grow: with more than 40 projects across 18 City departments, we have exciting opportunities for those who decided to apply. Don’t miss your chance to make a change in Philadelphia, apply today!,” said Amanda Gamble, Chief Service Officer. 

To apply for the full-year VISTA program, interested individuals must:

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have a high school degree or GED by the start of service.
  • Have a passion for service!

Applicants must submit:

  • A brief essay about yourself and your reasons for applying to become a VISTA.
  • A description of your volunteer experience.
  • Your resume.
  • Your five preferred VISTA positions, along with a description of why you would be a good fit for each position

During a term of service VISTAs will:

  • Receive a bi-weekly stipend and monthly SEPTA passes.
  • Monthly professional development and teambuilding with the cohort.
  • Receive a Segal Education Award or End of Service Award at the end of the term.

“Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps members are uniquely situated, with centralized support from a dedicated team within the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, to serve in exciting, equity-centered, anti-poverty projects within city offices and departments,” said Arielle Greenwald, Director of the Serve Philadelphia VISTA Program. “Through the curated cohort experience, VISTA Corps members find access to networking opportunities, meaningful connection, engaging training and skill development, and an inside look at City government.”

Interested individuals are also invited to learn more at upcoming virtual open houses on Thursday,  February 24, and Thursday, March 24. Attendees will meet with current Serve Philadelphia VISTA members and learn about their service experience, current projects, and journey as AmeriCorps members. Applications are open through Friday, April 1, at 11:59 p.m.