AmeriCorps VISTA Placement Information

Today, about 46 million Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance, and those who serve for a year also receive health coverage, childcare, if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend. Learn more about positions with The Advancement Foundation below.

Skills and Requirements:

Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) is a 4 day training paid for by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is an introduction to AmeriCorps VISTA’s mission, history, and your VISTA Assignment Description (VAD).

PSO happens on pre-determined dates in June, July, August, November, and February. For information about which PSO The Advancement Foundation is recruiting for, please contact the VISTA Leader at 540-345-1292.

Work Schedule: Full-time

Educational Level: College Graduate or equivalent experience

Age Requirement: Minimum 18 years old

Program Location: Virginia

Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health Coverage, Living Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Training

Terms: Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time

Relocation: CNCS pays VISTA Members a onetime payment of $550 to relocate plus mileage from their home of record to the service site.

May Positions Available with:

Freedom First Federal Credit Union                                                                                 Roanoke, VA

Roanoke Community Gardens Association
Roanoke, VA

Roanoke, VA

YMCA Express Gainsboro                                                                                                           Roanoke, VA

If you are interested in learning about VISTA opportunities and The Advancement Foundation contact Ashley Wilson at or 540-345-1292. If you are interested in seeking VISTA support for your organization, please visit AmeriCorps VISTA’s website or email Judy Wood at or 540-345-1292.