FAQ

When does the application process open for the North Texas project?
Open positions will be posted as they become available year round.

If accepted as an AmeriCorps VISTA, is training required?
First-time AmeriCorps VISTA members must attend a mandatory 4-day Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) before their terms of service begin. PSOs take place 5 times a year. All travel, hotel and training expenses are paid for by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Please contact our Project Director for exact dates and locations of PSOs.

How long does an AmeriCorps VISTA serve?
An AmeriCorps VISTA service is for one full year.

Can I serve for more than one year?
You can serve for multiple years of service as long as you fulfill the Basic Requirements.

What does a daily work schedule look like?
AmeriCorps VISTAs are to be full-time volunteers. However, work schedules depend on your placement partner agency’s hours. AmeriCorps VISTAs also follow their partner agency’s holiday and inclement weather policies.

What is a living allowance?
This is a regular stipend that AmeriCorps VISTAs receive; it is similar to a salary. Federal taxes are withheld. Please refer to the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits page for more information.

How often do I get paid the living allowance?
The AmeriCorps VISTA living allowance is paid biweekly (around $400 every two weeks at our project site) via direct deposit. Please refer to the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits page for more information.

Is there assistance with housing?
Some partner agencies offer free or low-cost housing. Most do not. Other options include living with relatives, renting a room in someone’s home in exchange for doing chores, or finding another VISTA as a roommate.

 Is relocation assistance offered?
If you are moving more than 50 miles to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, you may be eligible to receive a Settling-In Allowance of up to $550 and mileage reimbursement up to $1,000. Please refer to the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits page for more information.

Is there health coverage and child care?
Yes, health coverage is offered at no cost to AmeriCorps VISTAs. Child care is based on family income. Most AmeriCorps VISTAs also qualify for SNAP benefits (or Food Stamps) and other social service benefits. Please refer to the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits page for more information.

Can AmeriCorps VISTAs take vacation days?
Yes, AmeriCorps VISTAs can take personal and sick days. Please refer to the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits page for more information.

Can I still attend school while in service?
You may attend school as an AmeriCorps VISTA, but if your school work begins to interfere with your VISTA term you may be asked to reduce the number of hours you are taking or withdraw from school.

Can I have an additional (part-time) job while in service?
Effective May 3, 2015, the rules and regulations of AmeriCorps VISTA state that: an AmeriCorps VISTA may hold another part-time job during their term of service. Please refer to the Outside Employment Policy and FAQs for more information.

When do I receive the education or cash award?
The education aware (equal to the current amount of a Pell grant) or end of service stipend ($1,803.10) is given after you finish your full year of service. Please refer to the AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits page for more information.

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