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Step up your volunteer game with AmeriCorps VISTA!

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
  • AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national community 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 full-time for one year across the state to develop, expand, or improve volunteer engagement that connects Minnesotans to the resources needed to move out of poverty in the areas of economic opportunity, education, and healthy futures
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What do VISTA members do?
  • MAVA VISTA members build volunteer infrastructure by developing or improving new partnerships, processes, and resources for inclusive, effective volunteer engagement.
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.

Is my organization eligible? Yes, if your organization:
  • Is a private nonprofit or public agency that serves Minnesota communities experiencing poverty
  • Needs a VISTA member to complete a three-year capacity-building project to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your volunteer engagement
  • 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-$13,399, depending on your organizations budget)
  • Isn't currently participating in a Service Enterprise training cohort
How do we apply?

Continuing Projects
New Projects
  • Download and read through the Vista Request for Proposals 2021-2022 and New Project Application Questions.
  • Attend a MAVA VISTA informational webinar on February 8 or March 1 to learn about the application process or contact Maureen Bourgeois at for a recorded version.
  • Submit the application online by 5:00 PM on March 5, 2021.
     Contact Maureen Bourgeois, VISTA and Office Manager, at