AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program that focuses on projects aiming to alleviate poverty in communities across the country. The City of Austin currently has 22 VISTA members serving in departments across the city.

VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to build the capacity for programs to efficiently and effectively reach their goals of serving the community, bringing individuals and communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTAs primarily work on projects and tasks that are considered indirect service; the focus is working to assure projects are sustainable and can reach a larger population of people.

Although work sites are across the City and most VISTAs work on separate projects, at times projects will allow for collaboration with other VISTAs. The real benefit of this group is the camaraderie among our project’s VISTAs. Having a group of fellow VISTAs help make the transition and experience of being a VISTA a little bit easier. Your fellow VISTAs should be seen as your support network throughout your year of service.

Things to Consider before Applying

  • Must be a college graduate
  • Commitment to serve for the full year term
  • Willing and committed to living on the modest living allowance
  • All VISTA candidates must submit to fingerprinting for the required comprehensive Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history check
  • Motivated, passionate, and dedicated to service

VISTA Benefits

As of July 2020, may vary for future service terms.

  • Monthly Stipend - $1276 before taxes (bi-weekly payments of $638)
  • Limited Health Benefits
    • Does not satisfy the individual responsibility requirement of the Affordable Care Act
  • Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
  • Student Loan postponement, or forbearance
    • You may be eligible for the postponement, or forbearance, of your student loans.
  • Relocation/Settling-In Allowance Costs
    • If you are moving more than 50 miles to serve as a VISTA, you are eligible to receive a relocation and settling-in allowance to assist with your moving expenses.
  • Close-of-Service Travel
    • Travel allowance from your project site back to your home when you complete your year of service.
  • Childcare, if eligible.

City of Austin Service Opportunities

Applications open three months before the start date below.

August 2020

VISTA Summer Associates Program

In addition to the traditional 12-month service opportunities listed above, the City of Austin hosts a VISTA Summer Associate Program. This program is a service opportunity for a 10-week duration during the summer and only requires some college experience to be eligible to serve. The Summer Associate VISTAs provide direct service to address the challenges of childhood hunger/nutritional education and the achievement gap in underserved communities experienced over the summer months.

  • Andy Roddick Foundation
  • African American Youth Harvest Foundation
  • Austin Public Library
  • APH Youth Services
  • PARD Carver Museum 
  • PARD Elisabet Ney Museum
  • Neighborhood Housing and Community Development
  • WIC

How to Apply

Questions? Contact Chad Walters