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Life as an AmeriCorps VISTA

Follow Your Passion. Find Your Purpose. 

Being an AmeriCorps VISTA member is about making a tangible difference for communities and individuals dealing with some of our Nation's biggest challenges: poverty, inequity, homelessness, and lack of access to education. VISTA members help to build the capacity of organizations that are working to alleviate poverty all across the country. As a VISTA member you will serve in a project identified and managed by the community while earning a modest living allowance that reflects the income level of the community where you're serving. 

You may use your problem solving skills to help end veteran homelessness, enable low-income youth to discover a career in science and technology through robotics, or use your leadership skills to guide nonprofits on how to utilize social media to further their missions. 


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Build Community and Build Your Career

Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. Contribute your skills, talents, and motivation to change the lives of people in your hometown or in a community across the country. Join the nearly 8,000 annually who make this commitment. As a VISTA member, you can make a tangible difference in people's lives while earning invaluable professional experience. 

Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA Service

Living Allowance: Receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance to cover basic expenses.


Professional Development Training: Attend in person and virtual training where you learn how to be a community development change agent.


Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE): AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program where you can earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process.


End of Service Award: Choose between a $5,920 Segal Education Award to pay for a range of education expenses or a $1,800 cash stipend.

Download our Benefits Guide, or click here for an in-depth look at benefits of service.


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