Enhance your volunteer capacity with AmeriCorps VISTA!

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

  • AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program sponsored by the federal government. 
  • Members receive a modest living allowance in exchange for a year of service in low-income communities
  • MAVA VISTAs serve across the state to expand, improve, and sustain volunteer programming that connects Minnesotans to the resources they need to move out of poverty
  • Learn more: NationalService.gov.

What do VISTA members do?

  • Enhance your organization’s engagement of volunteers to better meet your mission
  • Develop or expand volunteer programs, create or expand volunteer or staff training, strengthen partnerships, research and develop volunteer program resources, and more

Members don’t replace a staff position or perform ongoing volunteer management functions. MAVA only assigns VISTAs to organizations that have a volunteer resources staff position in place.

Your site provides member support, supervision, and a welcoming environment including:
  • Onsite orientation, training, and guidance for the VISTA member
  • Quarterly progress reports and program evaluations to MAVA
  • Participation in site visits and supervisor trainings
  • Workspace and office equipment

Is my organization eligible?
Yes, if your organization:

  • Is a nonprofit, educational institution or public agency that serves Minnesota communities in poverty
  • Needs a VISTA member to complete a three-year capacity-building project to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of or develop/expand a volunteer program
  • Will provide consistent on-site supervision and support to a VISTA member year-round
  • Can contribute a portion of the cost to support the VISTA member ($4,000 or $11,796)
  • Isn't currently participating in a Service Enterprise training cohort
How do we apply?
  1. Download the Request for Proposals for important application information and the application link for new projects.
  2. Listen to this information session about the MAVA AmeriCorps VISTA program.
  3. Submit your application by February 15.
Sites are selected in a competitive application process. VISTAs begin their service August 1.