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AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The mission of the AmeriCorps VISTA program is to create community-driven solutions to ending poverty.

AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years or older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with an organization (“sponsor”) to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve with nonprofits, schools, or government agencies to expand the organization's capacity to serve more low-income communities, in better ways, for longer periods of time.

The power of AmeriCorps VISTA is extraordinary, and brings talented, passionate people on board to create or enhance your anti-poverty program by expanding the capacity of your organization.

The MAVA VISTA Program is recruiting VISTA members at several locations! Check out our open positions here.

Check out the VISTA View here:News / Articles

VISTA Brochure 2023 1
VISTA Brochure 2023 2

Become a Host Site

AmeriCorps VISTA members come equipped with the talent and drive to be a game-changer for your organization. They are full-time volunteers and will cost your organization less than a part-time employee. Many of MAVA's past VISTA members have become employees of their host sites and most continue to be involved as volunteers long after their service.  

To learn more about becoming a VISTA host site and the benefits of sponsoring a VISTA member click here.

Past Sites:

Bemidji Community Food Shelf, CEAP, Community Involvement Programs (now Accord), Community Thread, ElderCircleFamily Enhancement Center, Family Service Rochester, First Call for Help, Head of the Lakes United Way, Hmong American Partnership, Hope for the Journey Home, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, Jeremiah Program, Keystone Community Services, KOOTASCA Community Action, Lyngblomsten, Metro Meals on Wheels, Minnesota Children's MuseumNeighbors, Inc., Park Nicollet Health Services, Reading and Math, Inc. (now Ampact), Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, Roseville Community Education, ServeMN Action Network, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, Urban Ventures, and Valley Outreach.

Become a VISTA Member

Through capacity building activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program serve in an office setting and gain experience and leadership skills. This opportunity prepares members for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

To learn more about becoming a VISTA member and view potential host sites click here.

To download a link of the VISTA brochure seen above 
click here.

Current Sites:

Anoka Tech, CAPI USA, FFEN, Girls on the Run Minnesota, Hennepin Healthcare, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran Social Services, Minnesota Tool Library, Planned Parenthood of North Central States, Rainbow Health, Senior Community Services, The Family Partnership, and YWCA Minneapolis.

VISTA Member Bios

Click this link to find bios of the current MAVA VISTA cohort: VISTA Bios

VISTA Member Resources

MAVA VISTA Member Resources

Check out the Newsletter here:
September 2022 - MAVA VISTA Newsletter 1.5
August 2022 - MAVA VISTA Newsletter 1.4
July 2022 - MAVA VISTA Newsletter 1.3
June 2022 - MAVA VISTA Newsletter 1.2
May 2022 - MAVA VISTA Newsletter 1.1