Resource Development VISTA | Memphis/Shelby Police Activities League

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 this project is to develop/expand a diversified funding stream for the Memphis Shelby Police Activities League (PAL). Additional funding will be used to provide fitness and recreational programs for participants ages 5-18 who live in impoverished areas by using sport activities as a method to prevent crime, build character, and reduce the stresses that poverty has on a young person’s life. In partnership with the Memphis Police, the PAL program will provide positive activities as alternatives and encounters with law enforcement to build trust with the community members.

To develop a realistic plan for soliciting contributions of cash or in-kind donations to sustain programming. Create a timeline to plan, develop, implement and coordinate an ambitious fundraising strategy. Create a database of funding opportunities available for PAL regarding low-income high poverty areas, crime prevention, youth development, etc. Increase capacity to apply for and manage new grants and grant reporting. Design and implement a planning strategy including achievable goals for current campaigns and fundraising events. Develop and submit individual high-quality funding applications and relevant materials to individual and institutional donors / resource providers at global, national, regional and local levels, including identifying budgeted activities that can be packaged as projects.


-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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