The Maroon Volunteer Center oversees five AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) who are working to mitigate poverty in Oktibbeha County and Starkville, MS, and within the Mississippi Delta Region by: linking community-minded volunteers with community-based agencies fighting poverty, developing the educational and economic skill-sets and opportunities of citizens who live in poverty, and empowering the “voice” and building the civic competencies of those living in poverty. Each member works full‐time and is supported by AmeriCorps with a modest living allowance, health benefits, and an education grant, which can be used for graduate education or to repay qualified student loans.
The goals of the current projects led by VISTAs are to:
- Connect prospective volunteers to agencies providing educational enrichment, health promotion, civic development, and financial literacy to citizens who are living in poverty (facilitate, coordinate, record, verify, and certify activities and outcomes)
- Enhance the educational orientation and economic skill-sets and opportunities of citizens who live in poverty to increase internal capacity (tutoring and mentoring, college orientation, economic security and well-being, future-time orientation)
- Develop and implement program evaluation and revision systems that empower the impoverished citizens’ voice for affiliated programs in Starkville, Oktibbeha County, the Golden Triangle area, and the Mississippi Delta (empowering participant voice, defining assessment, facilitating revision and continuous improvements, matriculating participants to serving on advisory boards.)
For more information on AmeriCorps visit AmeriCorps.gov