What does VISTA stand for?
VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America. AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some our nation's poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, hard work, and innovative solutions, VISTA members build capacity by creating or expanding programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
How does AmeriCorps VISTA differ from other AmeriCorps programs?
AmeriCorps VISTA focus their work on indirect service.This means they dedicate their time to building programs, resources and partnerships that can persist after their service ends and continually leverage the impact their site can make. VISTA members would not typically be working one-on-one with individuals their non-profit serves.
Examples of direct vs. indirect service:
Direct service: Teaching an employment workshop, working with volunteers, working with clients to obtain employment
Indirect service: Developing curriculum for an employment workshop, recruiting and managing volunteers, developing business partnerships for client employment
VISTAs aim to create sustainable solutions - and they are successful. 84% of VISTA-created programs are still in place 3 years after they were implemented. 90% of VISTAs achieve their service goal.
What are the benefits to being an AmeriCorps VISTA?
To name a few: modest living stipend, Federal Education Award of $5,700 at end of service year, non-competitive eligibility status for federal employment for one year, health benefits, biweekly AmeriCorps professional development days and excellent experience in non-profit employment.