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OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Be the Greater Good

Join the OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project and become a powerful catalyst for lasting change.

What does it mean to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member?

AmeriCorps VISTA members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that fight poverty. They serve full-time to build the capacity of nonprofits and agencies in Texas working to eliminate poverty and collaborate with community members to implement sustainable solutions.

AmeriCorps VISTA projects may include volunteer recruitment & management, communications & marketing, community outreach, partnership development, fundraising, or other critical tasks. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you will gain a deeper understanding of the realities of poverty at the local level. Use your courage and creativity to address poverty in your hometown or another location of your choice. 

As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you will:

  • Serve in a nonprofit or local government agency
  • Gain professional experience and leadership skills that will prepare you for a life of service in the public or private sector.
  • Help organizations carry out their mission through fundraising, grant writing, volunteer recruitment, and so much more.

To receive information about AmeriCorps VISTA positions and application deadlines targeted to your interest areas, please complete this brief survey.

Being a VISTA has invigorated my growth and character. I am extremely proud to serve my community and to have the opportunity to help others. I have grown in realizing the importance of the impact made when you are actively involved in your community.

Carli Davis
Communications & Events Coordinator VISTA
Houston ToolBank

Current Openings

Houston, TX

Play a key role in evaluating tools that help reveal the needs of the Houston community and provide integrated support through nonprofit partnerships for economic resiliency!

Houston, TX

Develop and expand an in-demand social services training program that fosters collaborative initiatives and equips frontline responders in Houston’s battle to reduce poverty and homelessness.

Dallas, TX & Houston, TX

The Partnership & Volunteer Development VISTA will develop and redefine our Immunization Care Van initiative program with our partners (community & medical staff) and develop & manage a volunteer program.

Houston, TX

Build infrastructure for brand awareness and comprehensive fundraising efforts that help to eliminate poverty.

Houston, TX

Increase fundraising, volunteer, and communications infrastructure for Mission Squash in order to provide more academic, college preparatory, and wellness resources for Houston’s low-income students.

Houston, TX

Momentum Education: Grow capacity to serve low-income students by developing partnerships, improving efficacy, and securing resources.

Austin, TX

Develop and utilize your leadership skills to help support VISTA members in their efforts to eliminate poverty across Texas through a Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project! Note: you must have successfully completed one-year at least one year of VISTA service, or one full term of full-time service (serving 1,700 hours or more) with either AmeriCorps State and National or AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), or at least one traditional term of Peace Corps service to serve as a VISTA Leader.

Chappell Hill, TX

The Community Engagement VISTA will work toward creating partner, donor, and volunteer involvement with Our Daughters’ House and help create funnels for information collection & communication.

Austin, TX

Develop and utilize your leadership skills to help support VISTA members in their efforts to eliminate poverty across Texas through a Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project! Note: you must have successfully completed one-year at least one year of VISTA service, or one full term of full-time service (serving 1,700 hours or more) with either AmeriCorps State and National or AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), or at least one traditional term of Peace Corps service to serve as a VISTA Leader.

City, TX

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Benefits & Expectations

Build your career and professional skills while serving your community

An AmeriCorps VISTA member's commitment to serve includes:
  • One-year term of full-time (40 hours/week) volunteer service at host site organization
  • Professional development and ongoing training
  • Regular mentorship & coaching from a nonprofit, or government agency professional
  • Bi-weekly living allowance
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Eligibility for additional stipends and benefits to assist with relocation expenses and childcare
End-of-Service Benefits:
  • Members elect to receive either a cash stipend ($1,806) or the Segal Education Award ($6,345 applicable to student loans or future tuition) upon fulfillment of their service commitment
  • Interest paid on qualified federal student loans by the National Trust
  • Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be 18 years or older. There is no upper age limit to apply to AmeriCorps VISTA.
  • Pass a national service criminal history check.
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses:
    • U.S. citizen
    • U.S. National
    • Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status)
    • Persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

      By law, only VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members may receive an end-of-service cash stipend.

Additionally eligibility requirements may be specified on individual position postings.

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