What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers IService To America) is one of the three national service programs offered under AmeriCorps, as well as the oldest. Since its opening in 1965, VISTA has focused on eliminating poverty across the country, addressing problems such as inequity, homelessness, and unequal access to education. Unlike AmeriCorps State & National, VISTA is centered around indirect service. Members will work alongside people who share similar visions, and generally aid in creating new programs, writing grants, recruiting volunteers, and more to support the growth of communities across the U.S.

The program offers a modest living allowance based on the income required to cover basic expenses in a community. It is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates or graduate students looking to make an impact, gain valuable experience, and earn a modest income.

For their efforts, members can expect the following benefits:
  • A bi-weekly living allowance to cover basic expenses (currently set at $513 biweekly)
  • In-person and virtual training provided on how to become a community change agent
  • Federal non-competitive eligibility, offering an edge in the federal hiring process
  • End of Service award, in the form of a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,000) to pay for eligible education expenses, or an $1,800 cash stipend

Within the chart, information is provided about the positions VISTA offers.

AmeriCorps VISTA Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
  • Pass a national service criminal history check
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card Status), and persons legally residing within a state
Click here to apply for AmeriCorps VISTA positions!

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please contact us:
Dr. Lesley Graybeal
Director of Service-Learning and Volunteerism
lgraybeal@uca.edu | (501) 852-7416