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Who are VISTAs?

As a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), you will work for a minimum of one year to build programs, create change, and fight poverty in New Hampshire communities. Many VISTAs are recent college graduates; however, VISTAs can vary in age and experience.

VISTA responsibilities may include volunteer coordination and tracking, grant writing, coalition building, program design and implementation, community outreach, employment and training, marketing, fundraising, and other activities help organizations create effective and sustainable solutions to end poverty.

As a VISTA, you may work in a variety of service areas including homelessness, community development, entrepreneurship, after-school programming, and social support for at-risk populations such as youth, elders, or refugees.

What are the benefits of becoming a VISTA?

When you join VISTA, you become part of a national movement that enables you to give back to your community and help break the cycle of poverty. Other benefits include:
  • A monthly living stipend (average $1,000 before taxes)
  • An AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of $5,920 OR a post-service stipend of $1,800;
  • One year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status for a federal government job;
  • Professional development opportunities and workshops in addition to a full year of real-world job experience; and
  • Access to the 170,000 member-strong VISTA Alumni Network.

Additionally, you’ll receive a number of federal benefits, including health benefits, relocation assistance, medical and personal leave, and childcare assistance if necessary. You may also be eligible to receive some forms of federal assistance, such as food stamps, fuel and electrical assistance. Most VISTAs find the stipend and additional assistance adequate to cover their financial needs.