In partnership with the Bonner Foundations and Rutgers University, the Center is leading a team of 12 VISTA workers who are working on various anti-poverty projects. Locally, TCNJ Bonner secured a no-cost employee for four community partners (Isles, TASK, PEI Kids, Rescue Mission); each employee will develop alternative and sustainable revenue streams that will help them create jobs for their program participants.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed to specifically fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. VISTA Members commit to serve full-time for a year at a community based organization or institution working to fight poverty.
Bonner VISTA – Economic and Community Development
Several VISTA members will work out of the Bonner Center office. Members will look at the spending practices of anchor institutions, such as the College, and what local producers exist in the city. One goal is to see if there are opportunities to connect local institutions and companies in a way to create jobs for patrons of our anti-poverty community partner sites. Other VISTA members will take stock of the emerging jobs, training programs linked to those jobs, and again, how local Bonner partner program participants can access both.
VISTA members will also address economic and employment development, nutrition, volunteer development, and local policy in the Trenton area. Our AmeriCorps VISTA positions offer an excellent opportunity to develop concrete working skills and knowledge, while networking with top executives in the non-profit, government and for-profit sectors.
Bonner VISTA – Non-profit Community Partners
In partnership with the Bonner Foundation and Rutgers University, the Center is leading a team of 12 VISTA workers who are working on various anti-poverty projects. Locally, TCNJ Bonner secured a no-cost employee for four community partners (Isles, TASK, PEI Kids, Rescue Mission); each one will develop alternative and sustainable revenue streams that will help them create jobs for their program participants. Many have records and find it very difficult to find jobs.
Cities of Service
How can we mobilize a new cadre of citizen volunteers from Trenton—and help them address some of the city’s most pressing problems or concerns? The Center has been asked by the New Jersey VISTA office to bring together local stakeholders to develop a blueprint and help advance this national effort. Started by Mayor Bloomberg in New York, this project could build upon the existing higher education service system locally, by providing volunteers when college is not in session. The Bonner Center at TCNJ has two VISTA members who will launch and coordinate the Cities of Service, here in Trenton, NJ.
To learn more about the Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative, contact Jessica Chung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are currently open positions in the Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative – to learn more, click here.