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What VISTA Members Do

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America)  members commit to serve full-time for a year at a non-profit 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,  they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, (such as tutoring children), but instead focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities.  VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write  grants, and recruit and train volunteers.

As a VISTA you can:

  • Build and cultivate community partnerships
  • Develop a College Access Market Plan
  • Write mini-grants to leverage resources
  • Recruit tutors, mentors, and career speakers
  • Develop a Volunteer Training Program
  • Establish programming designed to asssist low-income students
  • Develop a Community Advisory Committee
  • Maintain a Parenting Institute


VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was an idea originally created by President John F. Kennedy and first implemented by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It was envisioned as a domestic complement to the Peace Corps, a way to fight poverty in America with the help of Americans from all walks of life who would commit to one year of full-time service. The first VISTAs served in 1965, and this year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of the VISTA program.

For more information about becoming a VISTA or sponsoring a VISTA, please click here.

How To Apply


  • New AmeriCorps VISTA positions for the 2015-16 year have been posted.  For More information or to apply, please click on vacant position titles to be directed to the AmeriCorps Website. 

Evaluation Specialist  Darcy Fielder 910-672-1226
High School Specialist Ashley Ellis   910-672-1687
Resource Development Coordinator Willeta Carter 910-672-2264
Minority Male Initiative Specialist Tristin Rainey 910-672-1260
Transition to College Coordinator  Veronica Jackson-Medley 910-672-2531


  • $973 (before taxes) a month for living allowance 
  • Paid every two weeks 
  • 10 personal and 10 sick leave days 
  • childcare allotment up to $400 per child per month 

End of Service Benefits 

  • End of service stipend ($1,500) 
  • Education Award ($5,550) 
  • Non-Competitive eligibility for federal jobs 

Questions about applying to be a VISTA with the Office of College Access Program?  Call our office at 910-672-1034

 Office of College Access Programs
AmeriCorps VISTA Project
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Chick Building, Room 120


Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 910-672-1351
Fax: 910-672-1699

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