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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 programming that connects Minnesotans to the resources needed to move out of poverty.
  • Learn more: NationalService.gov/vista.
What do VISTA members do?
  • Improve 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.

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 $12,312)
  • Isn't currently participating in a Service Enterprise training cohort
How do we apply?

Download and read through the Request for Proposals. Project applications are due February 9 and must be submitted using the link in the Request for Proposals. You may download the new project application questions and the continuation project application questions for your reference.

If you're considering applying, sign up for a FREE webinar to learn more about the program and application process. All new project applicants are required to attend a webinar before submitting their application. Webinar dates are December 12, January 10, 18, and 23.