AmeriCorps VISTA      

Thirty-seven million Americans, including 13 million children, in poverty. VISTA, the AmeriCorps program that fights poverty, needs passionate individuals like you to join us


VISTA members live and serve in some of the nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, we build communities by mobilizing local resources and giving people in poverty the tools they needs to help themselves. 


Through VISTA, you can make a tangible difference in people’s lives. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality. 


A Legacy of Service

VISTA inherit a legacy of service and leadership.


Since 1965, more than 170,000 VISTAs have served America, including people who later became members of Congress, leader of Fortune 500 companies, and social entrepreneurs. The impact of their service is reflected in the hundreds of programs that VISTA has helped launch over the decades, including Head Start, Upward Bound, the credit union system, Habitat for Humanity, and Neighborhood Watch.


VISTA is stronger and more vital today than it has ever been. Join VISTA and help break the cycle of poverty in America!

Benefits of Joining VISTA


VISTA benefits all who join. Recent graduates gain the kind of real-world experience you can’t find in a typical entry-level job. Experienced adults apply their skills and knowledge to serious social problems and discover previously untapped strengths.


Take a Stand Against Poverty! 




CalSERVES AmeriCorps VIP



Through the Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP), teams of AmeriCorps members are placed in communities to provide infrastructure support for volunteer programs in service organizations across California. They are building the systems necessary for organizations to have volunteer programs for years to come, ensuring that services can continue to those most in-need. VIP Fellows work “behind the scenes” of service, allowing volunteers to take part in necessary programs, and ensuring that the community’s needs are met. Each of VIP Fellows will work to build quality, sustainable volunteer management systems at Partner Sites.

Program Overview

VIP Fellows work as part of a team to coordinate volunteer programs and to coach and support a cadre of high-value volunteers. The VIP Fellows’ primary role is developing the volunteer program at the Partner Site, bringing resources of highly-skilled volunteers to the children and families the program serves. VIP Fellows spend time in the community, building partnerships, and forging lasting relationships. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth, their families, and the local community.

Service Commitment


Full time, eleven month commitment serving a minimum of 1700 hours, may include some evenings and weekends.

Hours are generally Monday - Friday (time varies by partner site)

Benefits of Service


  • Annual stipend
  • Education Award
  • Health Benefits
  • Moving stipend for out-of-state applicants
  • Possible student loan deferment
  • Extensive Professional Development and experiential learning opportunities




For more information contact Maria Cisneros at 559-237-3101 or