Host a VISTA
What can VISTA members do for my organization?
Mission: VISTA builds capacity in non-profit organizations and communities to help bring individuals and people out of poverty.
Core Principles for a VISTA Member’s project:
- Anti poverty focus- any non profit organization, educational institution, tribal or public agency with a program that is poverty-related in scope can apply to sponsor a VISTA project. The project goal addresses helping individuals and communities out of poverty, not simply making it more sustainable.
- Capacity Building-VISTA members do not provide direct service to low-income communities, but work to increase the capacity of organizations. Suitable VISTA activities might include fundraising, developing community volunteer systems, outreach and volunteer program development. VISTA members mobilize local resources to achieve lasting solutions.
- Sustainable Solutions-VISTA members are a short-term resource to help sponsoring organizations address a new or existing program area related to their mission. VISTA’s help build the capacity of an organization with the intention of creating a sustainable program over time, allowing the host site to no longer depend on the use of VISTA resources.
All VISTA projects must fall into one of these focus areas;
- Economic Opportunity: Addresses the unmet needs of economically disadvantaged individuals, including financial literacy, affordable housing, and employment related assistance.
- Education: Topics related to unmet educational needs within communities, especially those that help at-risk youth to achieve success in school and prevent them from dropping out
- Healthy Futures: addresses unmet health needs, including access to health care, increasing physical activity, and improving nutition in youth, and increasing seniors ability to remain in their own homes.
- Veterans and Military Families addresses unmet needs of veterans, members of the armed forces, and family members of deployed military personnel.
The length of the proposed VISTA project should be based on the project plan as determined with community involvement, which in order to achieve sustainability, is typically 2-3 years. Approval beyond the first year will be determined by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s state office based on the performance of the project and availability of funding.