AmeriCorps VISTA at Rural Action

Become a part of the National Service story!

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) have been alleviating poverty and building capacity in communities of need for more than 50 years. When you serve a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Rural Action, you add to VISTA’s legacy of strengthening communities and creating opportunities that lift individuals out of poverty in Appalachian Ohio.

Rural Action is adding 5 AmeriCorps VISTA members to its National Service team. 4 members will be placed at Rural Action serving in the Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry and Sustainable Energy Solutions programs. 1 member will serve at the Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter. VISTAs will serve full time from August 5th, 2019 to August 5th, 2020.

The VISTA living allowance is less than that of AmeriCorps State/National. This is designed to immerse VISTA members deeply in their communities and create camaraderie with friends and neighbors in the same situation. There are several benefits, however, that are available to VISTAs and not AmeriCorps State/National members. These include the option of an end-of-service cash award (in lieu of the education award) of $1,800 dollars, a full year after service of non-competitive status for Federal jobs, and a relocation allowance for qualifying selected VISTA members. Additionally, the VISTA living allowance does not count as income on the FAFSA if it is your only income. VISTA members get “days off” that align with the calendar of their host sites. Finally, VISTAs who are currently receiving SNAP benefits when they are selected will not have to count their living allowance as income for SNAP purposes (the living allowance does count as income if you apply for SNAP after starting VISTA).

Apply for open Rural Action VISTA positions using the my.americorps.gov portal:

For more information and VISTA Assignment Descriptions for each position, email shannon@ruralaction.org.