What is the AmeriCorps VISTA Program?
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a federally-funded program of the Corporation for National & Community Service. VISTA members commit to a year of full-time service in non-profits and government agencies to increase their ability to fight poverty in low-income communities.
The Human Services Council/Volunteer Connections is the SW Washington primary liaison between the Corporation for National and Community Service and the local project site. HSC assists with project coordination, recruitment, and placement of VISTA members. HSC monitors the VISTA members, placement sites, and provides technical assistance, consultation, training, and community service events throughout the service year. Currently, HSC oversees the placement of 7 VISTA members who may serve in Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Wiakaikum or Skamania counties.
Members serve in project areas of:
- Education (school readiness, K-12 success, post-secondary success)
- Economic opportunity (financial literacy, housing, employment)
- Healthy futures, (access to health care, food security)
- Veterans and military families (a variety of different supports that enhance the quality of life of low-income veterans, military members, and their families)