VISTA members who serve with us come from across the region, state and country. They serve full time (40 hours per week) for one full year (365 days). Most are college graduates and some have advanced degrees. Experience levels range from a recent college grad to a retired professional. VISTA members are different ages, genders, races, cultures and come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, yet all of them share the dedication and commitment of giving something back to the community and the mission of “getting things done.”
VISTA members are expected to live in the communities that they serve and they receive a bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $472.22 before taxes, which is 105% of the Federal Poverty Level. In addition to the living allowance, they also receive healthcare benefits, loan forbearance, and childcare (if eligible). Upon successful completion of their year of service, VISTA members can choose to receive either a cash stipend of $1,800 or an Education Award of $ $6,095. All VISTA’s also receive ongoing training and development as well as the satisfaction of “getting things done” in their community.