Our AmeriCorps VISTA project

What is VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a one year, full-time national service commitment to help nonprofit organizations and government agencies fulfill their mission of promoting healthy, educated and engaged communities. VISTA’s are committed to fighting poverty through indirect service and capacity building that supports the financial, administrative and organizational health of their host site.

The Volunteer Iowa VISTA project places VISTA members with host sites throughout the state of Iowa, focusing on Education and Economic Opportunity initiatives in close collaboration with the Governor’s office in order to combat poverty in the state of Iowa. VISTA is an excellent opportunity to give back to your community, gain new professional experiences, or fund future education or pay of loans from previous education.  

Volunteer Iowa is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting year-long AmeriCorps VISTA members in the following areas:

  • Education and/or economic opportunity in rural communities (population under 50,000 and not adjacent to a city over 50,000)
  • Addressing the opioid epidemic

VISTA members provide a year of full-time service conducting capacity building activities for nonprofits, schools, and government organizations.  Applications are due January 13, 2017 to host members starting in the Spring of 2017.  To apply, please review Facts for Host Sites and submit the appropriate application.  You may download the application in Microsoft Word using the links below:

Who can join?

AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. You do not need to be a resident of Iowa to accept a Volunteer Iowa VISTA position.

What are the benefits?

In addition to the personal and professional benefits of serving your country, here’s a list of all of the benefits Volunteer Iowa VISTA’s receive:

  • A modest stipend of $11,676 before taxes, paid bi-weekly
  • End of Service Benefit ($5,775 Education Award, $1,500 cash stipend)
  • VISTA Health Benefit
  • Life Insurance
  • Child Care benefit (if eligible)
  • Loan Forbearance and interest payment during service
  • Relocation allowance
  • VISTA Benefit Details

How can I apply?

All applications are submitted through the MyAmeriCorps portal. Create an application, and once it’s complete you may submit it to as many positions as you would like.



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