AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.

Step Up acts as an intermediary for AmeriCorps VISTA, and brings in 12 new VISTA members each year to help build capacity at some of our partner agencies, for a minimal investment on the partner agency’s part.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

Can you give me some examples, please?

Of course, here are just a few examples:

  1. AmeriCorps members help communities recover from the damage caused by natural and other disasters.
  2. AmeriCorps members build affordable housing units for families to increase economic opportunity for those living in poverty.
  3. AmeriCorps members facilitate mentorship programs to connect students with community members who can help with academic performance and college preparation.
  4. AmeriCorps members remove trash and other man-made debris from local ponds to promote environmental sustainability.
  5. AmeriCorps members encourage community members to donate fresh produce to local schools to promote healthy futures and reduce childhood obesity.
  6. AmeriCorps members assist veterans and military families in filing for benefits claims, so they get access to the resources they need.

AmeriCorps members are dedicated to strengthening communities. AmeriCorps members can choose to commit to service anywhere from 3 months to a year