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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

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, TX

Manage data migration and implementation of Salesforce customer relations management system.

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Houston, TX

Build organizational capacity to fight poverty by creating an infrastructure to partner community organizations & corporations with schools to improve literacy rates of school-aged kids in Houston.

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Houston, TX

Grow and manage membership and volunteer participation of the Foundation’s two auxiliary groups – Young Professionals Group & Ladies for Literacy Guild.

Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Austin, TX

Build CIS’ capacity to provide critical support to clients by administering basic needs initiatives and assessing their effectiveness, piloting new regional tools, and developing infrastructure.

Our Daughters' House
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.

Center Against Sexual & Family Violence
El Paso, Texas

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

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!

Family Eldercare
Austin, Texas

Support Family Eldercare’s effort to end homelessness and improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in Austin, TX.

Families Empowered
Houston, Texas

Evaluate and manage data, increasing Families Empowered’s capacity to provide low-income families access to schools that work, for them.

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.

Center Against Sexual & Family Violence
El Paso, Texas

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

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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