Parks Volunteer Program VISTA | City of Memphis Parks & Neighborhoods Division

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 CoM Parks Volunteer Program VISTA will develop and implement strategies for volunteer recruitment, training, tracking, retention, and retirement. Coordinating volunteer efforts will allow the City of Memphis Parks Division to expand a variety of services to low-income families in Memphis. The expanded volunteer program will provide new opportunity for low-income young adults to gain valuable work experience via volunteer projects. In the long term, by providing local employers with volunteer opportunities for their employees, we hope to develop goodwill with corporate partners which will create access to corporate philanthropy funding for City of Memphis Parks.

Design and execute an assessment of current volunteer system and needs for City of Memphis Parks Division. Report recommendations based on findings. Interview department heads to assess existing volunteer options and evolving needs. Create comprehensive listing of volunteer roles, both existing and new roles suggested by department heads. Research best practices and create sustainable process and system for volunteer recruitment and management. Develop and implement a minimum of three (3) marketing strategies in partnership with communications. Identify and/or develop a simplified and effective volunteer tracking system and reporting templates. Assist in grant applications for technology as needed. Develop an alternative, zero to low cost tracking system in event of lack of funding availability.


-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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