Iowa Food Bank Association AmeriCorps VISTA Program
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. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.
With passion, commitment, and hard work, AmeriCorps VISTAs create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTAs serve for a variety of reasons, from wanting to make the world a better place to discovering a life-changing adventure. For one year, they create and expand programs that ultimately bring individuals and communities out of poverty. By serving through VISTA, members will gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus they get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During the year of service, AmeriCorps VISTAs also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing service, they can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.