VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, was conceived by President John F. Kennedy
as a domestic counterpart to the Peace Corps and was started by President Lyndon
Johnson as part of the War on Poverty. It is the national service program that
works to eliminate poverty. The first VISTAs began serving in 1965, in migrant
farm worker camps in California, the hollows of eastern Kentucky, and the urban
neighborhoods of Hartford, CT. In 1994, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps
network of programs. Today, AmeriCorps VISTA is as vibrant and necessary as
AmeriCorps VISTAs at WVU
Explore open VISTA positions: an opportunity to foster social change and build resilient communities. Uncover roles where you can apply your skills to make a meaningful impact.
Learn about requirements, benefits, and the transformative impact you can bring to communities.
Experience the transformative journeys of former VISTAs, their impactful stories, and discover where they are now. Learn about the long-lasting benefits and diverse opportunities afforded by serving with the AmeriCorps Collaborative.
Interested in empowering your organization with a VISTA member? Learn about the process, benefits, and transformative impact of becoming a VISTA host site within your community through WVU's Center for Community Engagement.