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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

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Dallas, Texas

Strengthen the infrastructure within the Girl Scout organization to reach more girls through innovative 21st-century programming designed to build the future female leaders of tomorrow!

Center Against Sexual & Family Violence
El Paso, Texas

Develop & enhance public awareness & volunteer recruitment efforts to support the Center Against Sexual & Family Violence’s mission to confront and prevent domestic & sexual violence in all its forms.

Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
Dallas, Texas

Help create fundraising, volunteer, and communications resources to support an innovative reading and math tutoring program for PK4-12th grade students in Dallas and surrounding communities.

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Houston, Texas

Create and manage business processes and systems for supporting program implementation and expansion.

Mosaic In Action
Pearland, Texas

Help create a development strategy for Mosaic in Action, through researching and applying for grants and increasing donor engagement and retention, as we tackle issues of substandard housing.

The Houston Toolbank
Houston, Texas

Determine best practices for fund development, communications, operations and programming across four ToolBanks, and pilot identified practices for future implementation.

Center Against Sexual & Family Violence
El Paso, Texas

Support fund development and community volunteer recruitment & management in order to help and expand quality services to survivors of family violence and sexual assault.


Improve the success of iEducate program implementation by developing the program & training resources to support operations processes for iEducate to further improve education equity for students in low-income communities within the Greater Houston area.

Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation

The School Programs VISTA will create systems to implement communication strategies for school and corporate partners to increase program outreach, resources and process efficiencies.

Houston, TX

Help up close the digital divide in the Gulf Cost Region as we provide device access, digital literacy, and connectivity to underserved students in our community.

Houston, TX

Help up close the digital divide in the Gulf Cost Region as we provide device access, digital literacy, and connectivity to underserved students in our community.

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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