The Mission: St. Louis VISTA Program is a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Program for organizations and individuals interested in developing lasting solutions to the problems of poverty across Missouri. Mission: St. Louis serves as an umbrella agency with the Corporation for National and Community Service with the purpose of streamlining the application process. Instead of managing an entire federal grant, Mission: St. Louis host sites are provided with technical assistance to manage their projects and benefit from a streamlined reporting process. AmeriCorps VISTAs within the umbrella benefit with monthly trainings from local experts in the nonprofit field. They also are able to connect through networking, social events and community service projects.
AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in community and faith-based nonprofit organizations as well as other agencies and local governments to develop and expand services and programs that help bring low-income individuals and families out of poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA helps individuals and communities develop grassroots solutions to alleviate poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA members, who serve full time for a year through their sponsoring site, recruit community volunteers, raise funds, help manage projects and otherwise build capacity of nonprofit organizations to become sustainable.
Members receive either an Education Award of $5,775 to pay for college, grad school or to pay back qualified student loans, or a $1,500 stipend. Members receive a living allowance, as well as healthcare, childcare, training, relocation expenses and liability insurance.
Is VISTA Right for Your Organization?
In determining whether AmeriCorps VISTA is the right match for your organization, think about the kinds of activities members will be expected to perform. The role of the AmeriCorps VISTA member is primarily to build the capacity and sustainability of the project and community, and ultimately to work themselves out of a position.
While direct service and capacity-building activities are both integral strategies for effective national service programs, VISTA members primarily perform indirect service rather than direct service.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year; there is not one deadline. However, a VISTA member must attend a Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training before beginning service. Typically, VISTA offers PSO trainings four to five times a year. The PSO deadline is usually at least 45 days in advance of the PSO. Find more information, here.
If you believe that VISTA is the right fit for your agency, please contact the VISTA Services Manager, Katie Bench, at email@example.com or 314-534-1188.