Healthy Shelby County VISTA | Shelby County Government

City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA

About the organization

The City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Team is a group of AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinated by the City of Memphis. Our mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. We work throughout Memphis to end poverty through capacity building and innovation. Our team is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, that engages over 5,000 people in service with AmeriCorps VISTA every year. Our members have been retired persons, mid-life career changers, recent graduates, and everything in between.​

We tackle poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout Memphis. City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Members expand economic & affordable housing opportunities and increase workforce development in economically disadvantaged communities.


The goal of the program is to improve Shelby County’s effectiveness in anti-poverty and equity work to pull up the 21.7 percent of Shelby County residents out of poverty. The initiative seeks to increase access to healthy and locally available foods in Shelby County. The VISTA will build community garden operational infrastructure through research, create interactive programs, and building capacity for developing sustainability for the community gardens. This VISTA will create educational curriculum to supplement local community gardens. Additionally, the VISTA will provide support with researching best practices for municipal ran community gardens and building capacity to create a sustainability model for the community gardens.

Establish a comprehensive marketing strategy regarding the Healthy Shelby County community garden initiative to engage targeted population. Create strategic marketing plan to engage targeted population. Create educational schedule to include timeline and speakers. Shelby County will provide educational workshops and offer hands on opportunities for citizens to experience the community garden. Build a recruitment, retention and recognition program to include a training series for the volunteers as well as targeted population. Develop a virtual and in person training model that provides access as it relates to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Act a community liaison for the Shelby County Government Community Garden program.


-Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
-Pass a national service criminal history check
-Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.


$513.94 bi-weekly

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Contact email: [email protected]

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