AmeriCorps VISTA

Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) are volunteers that commit one year of service to an anti-poverty project through the Corporation for National and Community Service and F&CS.


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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.

Host Sites

F&CS is looking for non-profits with current 501(c)(3) status or government agencies in Northeast Ohio to host one or more full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members for one year. In order to qualify, host site applicants must have the capacity to provide:

  • On-site orientation and supervision
  • Dedicated work space
  • Computer and any other equipment necessary to complete the required tasks
  • Mileage reimbursement for any travel required by the site
  • An environment that conforms to all relevant workplace related health and safety laws

This video features CNCS state directors talking about successful VISTA projects and the impact they have made in communities nationwide.

Interested organizations must complete an application. Limited positions are available. This is a competitive process and positions will be awarded to those programs deemed to have significant potential and expected impact based on the philosophy of the VISTA program.

For more information and an application packet, contact Deborah Cunningham, VISTA Manager, at

Applications are to be submitted no later than 5pm on December 22, 2017.

VISTA Host Site application period November 22 through December 22, 2017
VISTA basics webinar
December 8, 2017
VISTA application workshop webinar December 15, 2017
VISTA Host Site application deadline December 22, 2017
Award Notification to Host Sites January 19, 2018
VISTA member recruitment begins February 2018
Host Site supervisor training February 2018 – exact date & place TBD
VISTA member selection & paperwork due TBD
VISTA member pre-service orientation (PSO) June 2018 (site TBD)
VISTA member service begins June 2018

*This timeline is contingent upon funding approval from CNCS

Program Mission

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.


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