Apply to Host a VISTA

How would you answer the question: “If only I had the time, I would ________?”

OneStar’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project places highly professional national service members with organizations to serve full-time for one year on transformative projects focused specifically on building organizational capacity and infrastructure. AmeriCorps VISTA can advance your organization's mission in meaningful ways and help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. 

If your organization could benefit from VISTA support, download the OneStar VISTA Project Overview to learn more and apply now to become a host site.


Application completed and submitted by the 1st of the month will be considered for review within that current month. Submissions turned in after the 1st of the month will be considered for review the following month.

Why Partner with OneStar?

OneStar VISTA Project is a quick and low-cost way to leverage the human capital your program needs to jumpstart new initiatives while reducing the complexities and overhead costs of launching and implementing a new VISTA project on your own.

OneStar makes it easy for organizations to access national service resources by providing greater flexibility and ongoing support. You can rely on our extensive experience and knowledge in grants management, which reduces your administrative burden and allows you to focus on the important work of alleviating poverty in the local community. 

How OneStar VISTA Project Works

OneStar VISTA Project is a cost-share partnership, in which all parties contribute to the success and outcomes of the VISTA program at your organization. Investment by the host site and the community is fundamental, as the VISTA resources are intended to be short-term.




  • $8,700 per member
  • Office space and equipment
    e.g., desk, computer, Internet, phone, and related resources
  • On-site supervision and logistical support
  • Position-specific training
  • Housing allowance
    Optional, but OneStar recommends host sites provide members with $100/month or $1,200/year to promote recruitment and retention.
  • Full-time volunteer(s) to serve with your organization 40-45 hours per week for 12 months
  • VISTA living allowance
    Members receive a living allowance ranging between $12,300 – $14,200 during the service term.
  • VISTA healthcare benefit
    Reimbursement of up to $6,600.
  • A $5,920 education award, or $1,803 post-service stipend for each VISTA member
  • Moving allowance for VISTA members relocating to serve (if eligible)
  • Liability coverage for all members
    Provided under Federal Employees Compensation Act & Federal Torts Claims Act.
  • Food stamps and/or child care assistance for income-eligible members
  • Additional volunteers, grant revenue, and/or cash or in-kind donations that your VISTA members generate for your organization!
  • Assistance with recruiting and onboarding VISTA members
  • Flexibility and accelerated timeline
    Applicants may request for as few as one VISTA member per year (whereas CNCS requires a minimum capacity of 5 members per year for new applicants in Texas). If approved, host sites may be eligible to place VISTA members through OneStar within 3-5 months (compared to 7-8 months if applying directly to CNCS as a new applicant).
  • Training in project management and leadership for members and site supervisor
  • Payroll services
    Members receive their paychecks directly from OneStar.
  • Assistance with grant reporting, oversight, and management to reduce risk to your organization


For more information, please contact:

Lauren Tarin
Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA
(512) 287-2028