AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993 as a part of a larger effort to expand national service opportunities for all Americans. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.
Participants in the VISTA program commit to serving a year, full-time, with a National Coalition for the Homeless partner organization that is working at the grassroots level to fight homelessness through outreach, capacity building, and sustainability measures. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTA members help develop programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
Please visit the AmeriCorps website to find opportunities in your region.
In 2007, NCH decided to expand its Speakers’ Bureau program in response to the rise of hate crimes and violent attacks against homeless people in Florida. After establishing the program in Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee NCH continued the expansion, setting-up local Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureaus in cities across America in partnership with the Corporation for National Community Services (CNCS).
Today, there are 65 AmeriCorps*VISTA fellows working in partnership with the National Coalition for the Homeless, engaging in a wide variety of activities across 10 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012 alone the NCH AmeriCorps*VISTA Members recruited 12,916 volunteers serving for 60,197 hours and leveraged $577,944 in cash resources and $451,830 in in-kind resources.
Listen to NCH's Director of Community Organizing and former VISTA, Michael Stoops, talk about our AmeriCorps*VISTA in this video interview: