Become a VISTA Host Site
Serve as an AmeriCorps Member
AmeriCorps VISTA Core Principles
Create Sustainable Solutions
About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program
Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is an anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program are full-time volunteers who commit to a year of service combating poverty by partnering with local government agencies, nonprofits, and educational institutions. Specifically, they work to expand the capacity of the institution where they serve, creating impactful solutions that endure after their term of service ends. AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program are distinct from employees in that the federal government pays them a stipend, and unlike interns, they volunteer full-time for a whole year. Instead of doing direct service, AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program set up systems and projects that empower the whole community. For example, instead of handing out food at a food bank, a member might develop a system for cataloging food by expiration date to reduce waste. AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program work to make sustainable change and are united in a mission to lift people and communities out of poverty.
Learn more about AmeriCorps: americorps.gov/about/what-we-do