AmeriCorps VISTA

Are you interested in national service as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA)!

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you can build capacity and infrastructure development to more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Through activities such as fundraising, establishment of community volunteer recruitment and management systems, community outreach, and collaborative development, you can help to mobilize local resources to achieve lasting solutions to poverty.  As a VISTA member you will focus efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity with the goal of achieving transformative and sustainable outcomes.

Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Center For Family Services is not only a great way to positively impact an area of high need, but it is also an excellent professional development opportunity.

Through our AmeriCorps VISTA program we have opportunities for either: 1) full-time service as a VISTA Summer Associate, a 9 week term; 2) full-time service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member; a one year service term.

Program Benefits

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates receive the following benefits (for full-time, 9-week summer terms):

  • Living allowance of $2439/nine-week term ($542 biweekly before taxes)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,126 payable to a lender or educational institution (to be used toward student loans) or graduate school OR $311.54 cash award upon end of service. Please note, both the education award and cash award considered taxable upon completion of the term of service
  • Many universities will match the Education Award

AmeriCorps VISTA Members receive the following benefits (for full-time; one year terms):

  • Living allowance of $14,097/year ($542 biweekly before taxes)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,095 payable to a lender or educational institution (to be used toward student loans) or graduate school OR $1800 cash award upon end of service. Please note, both the education award and cash award considered taxable. 
  • Many universities match the education award for graduate programs
  • Forbearance for federal loans- accrued interest from the year is covered by CNCS
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of medical leave
  • Limited health benefits
  • Housing is not provided for VISTA members, but members relocating from a distance of 50 miles or more are provided up to $750 to assist with relocation expenses. This $750 is dispersed as part of the first check VISTAs receive with their living allowance payment (this first living allowance check is received 2-3 weeks into service).

Qualifications/Requirements

All VISTA placements at Center For Family Services are contingent upon a drug screening and criminal background check. For certain positions, medical testing including physical and PPD are also required. All positions require a high school diploma or G.E.D. Many positions require an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree.