AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteers In Service To America – is a national service program that works to eliminate poverty. Members commit to one year of service at a non-profit or government agency to support community efforts to overcome poverty and develop initiatives that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure. Members work in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service and Family & Community Services.
The first VISTAs began serving in 1965 and since then more than 180,000 have served throughout America to expand the capacity of homegrown efforts to address community challenges.
Members work behind the scenes at their organization and gain experience in areas such as project management, grant writing, graphic design, marketing and community involvement. During their year of service, members receive a living allowance and upon completion, they receive either an end of service cash award or an education award to be applied to any existing federal student loans or future educational needs.