Habitat AmeriCorps VISTA
Volunteers in Service to AmericaCorps VISTA assist families that partner with Habitat to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. VISTA taps the skills, talents and passions of individuals to support community efforts to build strong and stable homes and communities.
Indirect service activities that Habitat VISTA members focus on
- Generating resources.
- Encouraging and organizing volunteer service.
- Developing procedures and programs to improve capacity building efforts.
Types of VISTA positions
- Construction systems
- Family services
- Project development
- Resource development
- ReStore development
- Veterans’ engagement and outreach
- Volunteer engagement
Terms of service
VISTA members serve a one year term that begins immediately following their VISTA pre-service orientation. Our program year typically begins in August. Members may serve up to five VISTA terms, but are only eligible for two Education Awards. A typical week of service is about 40 hours. Some weeks may require more hours.
VISTA service is considered a “24/7” commitment. As such, members may not hold another job while serving. They, can, however take educational courses with approval.
Skills and experience you will gain
- Satisfaction of making a difference in your community and country.
- Work and life skills that translate directly into job experience.
- The personal satisfaction of accepting challenges and seeing results.
- Teamwork, communication and other essential skills.
VISTA program benefits
- Monthly living allowance ranging from $973 to $1,650. Note that it is determined by the service location and is subject to change. Most locations are on the lower end of this range.
- $5,775 Education Award with a lifetime maximum of two awards or end-of-service stipend of $1,500 after the successful completion of service. The Segal Education Award is good for seven years from the completion of service and can be used to repay qualified student loans or for future education at eligible schools.
- Possible forbearance of qualified student loans. Note that interest continues to accrue. However accrued interest on qualified loans is eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.
- Health plan benefits. The plan is not insurance and does not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Members who are not legally exempt from maintaining health care coverage are expected to have primary health care coverage outside of VISTA. The plan benefits provide support to existing coverage to supplement some of the out-of-pocket, non-premium, costs of a plan that is secured on your own. Learn more about VISTA healthcare options.
- 10 personal and 10 sick days.
- Childcare benefits if you qualify. Learn more about our childcare benefits.
- Non-competitive hiring status for federal government jobs for one year after the member’s service.
- While in service, VISTAs may have outside employment or attend school only with the authorization of their host site. Employment or school hours cannot conflict with the full-time service schedule.
- Upon completion of your service, you will become a member of the Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association. Visit the Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association for more information about benefits and opportunities.
Are you an AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus?
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Visit the AmeriCorps VISTA website for more information.