2019 – 2020 Positions

VISTA Positions

The overall goal of these individual VISTA projects is to improve the health status of low income, uninsured, and predominantly rural residents in South Central New York State. 


  • One year full-time service commitment
  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
  • VISTA term runs ONE FULL YEAR
  • Living Allowance of $13,362 (pre-tax) provided during service
  • Education Award of $6,195 OR $1500 end of service stipend
  • Health coverage
  • Child care subsidy available for qualified members
  • College loan forbearance
  • Relocation funds (up to $550) and mileage reimbursement available
  • College degree preferred

Open Roles

Food Bank of the Southern Tier VISTA - (Elmira, NY)

October 2020 – October 2021

The Service Insights Specialist will help food pantries affiliated with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier incorporate and maximize their utilization of PantryTrak. PantryTrak is an on-line platform that helps the Food Bank and its partner food pantries measure program impacts. PantryTrak aggregates real-time unduplicated client data, including ages, household composition and location of residence. In essence, it helps the Food Bank network better understand “where hunger lives” and who the hungry are”. The Food Bank has used PantryTrak data to establish food distribution locations during the COVID-19 pandemic and conduct outreach to inform clients of upcoming distributions. Currently about 25 food pantries (fixed distributions) use PantryTrak, and some need technical assistance. Another 50 are in the pipeline to use PantryTrak or are in need of support and/or assistance with resources (computer, internet access) to begin use. The Service Insights Specialist will be instrumental in helping build pantry capacity to implement PantryTrak effectively by conducting trainings and providing technical assistance.

Broome County Council of Churches (Binghamton, NY)

June 2020 – June 2021

The Broome County Council of Churches is looking for a VISTA Member to join us in supporting the work our agency does to feed the community, ensure older adults remain socially engaged and support those who are hospitalized and incarcerated. You will learn about the importance of fundraising, donor stewardship, community events and will help us launch our new non-profit grocery store. Our team is responsible to raise the funding required to support our work and communicate the impact to our community in new and creative ways. We are willing teach the required skill sets and are much more interested in working with someone who values hard work, learning, sharing ideas and most importantly having fun at work! This is also not your typical top-down leadership model; we need someone who can work in a diverse group, help us grow, bring great ideas and be a true team player.

Rural Health Network of South Central NY (Binghamton, NY)

October 2020 – October 2021

The Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY) VISTA will be overseeing marketing and communications for the overall agency. This will involve working with the various RHNSCNY programs, including Community Health Services, the Food and Health Network, GetThere (a mobility management program), and more! This position would be a great opportunity for anyone looking to develop their skills in social media, Constant Contact, Canva, and general website management.


To learn more about RHNSCNY, click here

Opioid/Over-the-Counter Coordinating VISTA (Watkins Glen, NY)

August 2020 – August 2021

The VISTA will address the opioid crisis in Schuyler County by organizing and supporting coalition work surrounding substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. The programming treats opioid addiction and recovery as a health issue, emphasizing prevention, intervention, and treatment.

To learn more about Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs, click here


Successful applicants (minimum age 18) will demonstrate the following proficiencies and values:

  • An interest in, and commitment to, health and/or rural communities and people
  • Evidence of current and/or past volunteer service activities
  • Communication skills, including writing and verbal communication with clarity and accuracy
  • Self direction: Members must be self-directed and show evidence of their ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and they must have their high school diploma or GED

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