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VISTA program


NeighborWorks AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a federally funded national service program focused on fighting poverty. NeighborWorks America, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), sponsors one of the largest national VISTA programs in the United States.

Vista profiles

Anna Jen
Anna Jen
Anna Jen is a former NeighborWorks AmeriCorps VISTA alumna who served in Roseburg, Oregon at NeighborWorks Umpqua from 2012-2013. She graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and will be pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Sustainable International Development. Read more about Anna Jen.
Armando Sullivan
Armando Sullivan
Armando is a former NeighborWorks AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus from Silver Spring, Maryland. He is graduate from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in geography and urban studies and he will be pursuing his master's degree in Urban Planning. Read more about Armando Sullivan.

Since the first NeighborWorks VISTA program member began in July 2009 to the present, VISTAs have been instrumental to NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks network.


63 VISTAs currently serve the NeighborWorks network.

Since 2009, 700 VISTAs have completed service with the NeighborWorks network.

VISTAs have raised $41 million.

VISTAs have recruited 48,879 volunteers who have worked 341,371 hours in their communities.

Program impact

Mayors Day AmeriCorps VISTAs
Geoff Bliss, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Hudson River Housing, and Erin Norris, AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps member with the Red Cross of Northeastern New York
The NeighborWorks VISTA program is having a powerful, sustainable impact on families faced with foreclosure or other causes of economic hardship, as well as generally improving conditions for modest-income families and neighborhoods.

VISTAs build infrastructure that strengthen programs. They focus on getting out into their communities, recruiting volunteers, encouraging resident engagement and gathering information about the quality of the neighborhoods they serve.

VISTAs’ activities range from creating new partnerships with schools to marketing and designing better outreach materials to developing and implementing business systems such as data collection or resource development. VISTA help train other staff on these systems and strategies such as using social media and other technologies.

Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. In return, VISTAs receive a living allowance of $10,000-$15,000 (depending on area of service), health benefits and a modest educational or cash award at the end of their year of service – all administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

For more information on the program and how to become a VISTA member, visit VISTA.

For more information, contact:

Debbie Wise