Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty.
Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) is the national service program through AmeriCorps designed specifically to fight poverty. Envisioned by President Kennedy and created by President Johnson as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, VISTA has been addressing poverty in the United States for more than 40 years, with over 170,000 VISTA alumni. VISTAs have played a key role in establishing many of the best-known, anti-poverty programs including Head Start, Upward Bound, Neighborhood Watch and the credit union system.
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTAs create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
VISTAs gain new skills, friends, and experiences—all while helping others. During service, VISTAs also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing service, VISTAs choose to receive either an education award worth $4,725 to pay for college, or $1,200 in cash.
For more information on joining VISTA:
Visit www.americorps.gov/vista or call our toll-free line at 800-942-2677 ( TTY: 800-833-3722).
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