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?

The application period has ended for 2016-17.

Sites are selected in a competitive application process. VISTAs begin their service August 1.