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AmeriCorps VISTA advances your mission in meaningful ways to effectively bring individuals & communities out of poverty.

OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project places community-driven individuals with nonprofits & agencies throughout Texas on transformative projects focused specifically on building organizational capacity and infrastructure to alleviate poverty. Get the support you need to accelerate your efforts in volunteer management, marketing, community outreach, fundraising, program development, and more!

We are not currently accepting host site application. We anticipate opening host site applications in early June 2024

OneStar held an Informational Session on January 17, 2024. To prepare for submitting a host site application, can you review the slides and recording from that session. 

OneStar is not currently accepting host site applications. If you are interested in becoming a host site, send an email inquiry through the email link below and we will be in touch regarding future opportunities. 

Why Partner with OneStar?

OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project is a quick and cost-efficient way to leverage the human capital your program needs to jumpstart new initiatives, while bypassing the complexity and expense of launching and implementing an AmeriCorps VISTA project on your own.

We make it easier for organizations to access national service resources by providing greater flexibility and ongoing support. You can rely on our extensive experience and knowledge of AmeriCorps program management, which allows you to focus on the important work of alleviating poverty in the local community.

How OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project Works

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

Organizations interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member through OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA Project must complete a host site application. Host sites may apply for 1 or 2 AmeriCorps VISTA positions for a maximum of three years and must renew the position annually. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve for a 12-month term, so the host site should expect to recruit for a position on an annual basis.

What You Contribute

  • $8,700 per member
  • Office space and equipment
    e.g., desk, computer, internet, phone, and related resources. Virtual service is an option, technology must still be provided
  • On-site supervision and logistical support
  • Semi-annual program reporting on identified performance measures and grant deliverables
  • Position-specific training
  • Additional member benefits
    Optional. Host sites can offer monthly housing stipends, gas cards, grocery cards, etc., to promote recruitment and retention.

What You Receive

  • Capacity building services identified as most critical to your organization, including additional volunteers, grant revenue, and/or cash or in-kind donations that your AmeriCorps VISTA members generate for your organization!
  • Full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member(s) to serve with your organization full-time for 12 months. All AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance and other benefits at no additional cost to the host site organization. Learn more about all of the member benefits.
  • Assistance with recruiting and onboarding AmeriCorps VISTA members
  • Payroll services
    Members receive their living allowance checks directly from OneStar.
  • Liability coverage for all members provided under Federal Employees Compensation Act & Federal Torts Claims Act
  • Oversight & management of AmeriCorps VISTA Project to reduce risk to your organization

Application Timeline​

February - March 2024

Clarifications

Late March 2024

Notification of VISTA host site selection

April 2024

VISTA member recruitment open

Summer 2024

VISTA members start service

For More Information on Becoming a AmeriCorps VISTA Project Host