Apply to host a VISTA Member

What is VISTA?

The AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program was established in 1965 to help bring individuals and communities out of poverty by performing indirect service that increases the capacity of their host organizations. Some examples of indirect service include fundraising, creating communications content, devising community engagement strategies, and developing programs. Members are prohibited from engaging in direct service (services provided through person to person contact, such as tutoring children), focusing instead on creating systemic change. VISTA members are provided with a modest living allowance and health care allowance through CNCS to support their full-time, full-year commitment to combating poverty.

Why host with NCNMEDD?


Eligible organizations include small, public, and faith-based culturally specific nonprofit organizations located in the NCNMEDD region.

The VISTA project is three years in length. Organizations must have the time, staff, and supervisory capacity to direct the project, supervise VISTA members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project over the duration of these three years. On average, supervisors could expect to spend 2-5 hours per week in VISTA project support. The host site will develop a project plan that identifies key activities and outcomes across a timeframe for the VISTA to complete in their efforts to build organizational capacity through in-direct service, with periodic reports on progress submitted to MCN. More details are included below.


Applying for an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Selection Criteria