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
As of July 2019, may vary for future service terms.
Monthly Stipend - $1125.04 before taxes (bi-weekly payments of $562.52)
Limited Health Benefits
Does not satisfy the individual responsibility requirement of the Affordable Care Act
Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
Austin Public Health - Community Services Data Inititiative
African American Youth Harvest Foundation
Parks and Recreation - Program Development
Austin Transportation Department - Bicycle Outreach
Andy Roddick Foundation - Program Development
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 requiressome 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.