Since 2008, Cornerstone Assistance Network has served as an Intermediary Agency for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program on behalf of the Corporation for National and Community Service. As an Intermediary Agency, Cornerstone partners with nonprofit, community-based organizations to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. We help nonprofits develop sustainable three-year VISTA projects that are aligned with the Corporation’s strategic plan and goals, and we help nonprofits recruit one to three full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA members per year for up to three years. Through indirect service activities such as program development, volunteer recruitment, curriculum development, public relations and marketing, fundraising and event planning, grant writing, and community outreach, the VISTA members work to help nonprofits build their infrastructure and overall capacity to strengthen, expand, and sustain programs, services, and systems that end poverty. VISTAs are placed, trained, and managed through Cornerstone and supervised and trained locally through the nonprofit partners.
 
 
What is AmeriCorps*VISTA?                                                            Cornerstone VISTA Project

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is AmeriCorps*VISTA?

AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program designed specifically for organizations and individuals to develop lasting solutions to poverty in America. Founded as Volunteers In Service To America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front line in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. For more information about the program, please visit its website.

Who are Nonprofit Partners?

Nonprofit partners are agencies and churches that work to bring citizens out of poverty and that request AmeriCorps*VISTAs through Cornerstone to help them do the work. These organizations have committed to increase their capacities to serve local communities and see AmeriCorps*VISTA as a vital resource for helping them meet the needs of impoverished citizens and communities.

To become a nonprofit partner in the Cornerstone VISTA Program, your organization must:

    • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a government agency;

    • Have at least one full-time staff member (paid or unpaid); and

    • Provide a professional work environment and regular direct supervision for its VISTA member(s)

    • Be willing to share in the administrative costs of the projects. Cornerstone’s grant requires cost-sharing VISTA members, and all nonprofit partners must be able to pay Cornerstone $500/month/VISTA to share in covering these costs.

For more information about becoming a nonprofit partner in the Cornerstone VISTA Program, please contact Jocelyn Wade or Roddy Youree.

Who are VISTA members?

AmeriCorps*VISTA members are men and women who are able to give a year of their lives in service to their country and community. They are least 18 years old of various ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities who have at least a high school diploma or GED and are US citizens or permanent resident aliens. Many are recent college graduates or individuals with significant work and community experience looking for opportunities to volunteer and serve full time while gaining real world experience and skills they might not necessarily be exposed to elsewhere. Some members do not come from the local communities being served, and some are individuals with established networks in the community who understand its history, recognize its assets, and know how to get things accomplished. Still, other members are recently retired professionals looking for a meaningful way to spend their retirement years. They are interested in providing their time and skills to benefit the community.

What do VISTA members do?

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local governmental agency, building the capacity of the organizations’ to fight illiteracy, improve health services, develop volunteer and housing programs, improve academic performance and engagement, raise funds, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTA members mobilize local resources to help organizations achieve sustainable solutions to poverty. As full-time volunteers, VISTAs cannot (1) perform direct service activities (e.g. tutoring others, delivering meals to homebound seniors, building houses); (2) engage in paid work outside of the VISTA program during their service year; or (3) be hired by the nonprofit partner before they complete their full service year.

What are VISTA member benefits?

By serving, VISTA members will have the opportunity to gain new skills, develop amazing friendships, take on leadership roles, work with dedicated community-based organizations, build professional networks, learn how to survive at the poverty level, and get the satisfaction that comes from serving others.

VISTA members will also qualify for the following in-service and end-of-service benefits:

In-Service Benefits

End-of-Service Benefits

*Member must meet additional eligibility requirements to receive these benefits

How can I start serving as a VISTA member?

AmeriCorps*VISTA members are recruited by nonprofit partners with guidance and assistance from Cornerstone. Below you can find a list of open positions with the Cornerstone VISTA project. Click on the job link for information and to start an online application. AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve for one calendar year and often have opportunity to renew for subsequent years of service.

The first service year begins immediately following a mandatory 4-day Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) that is conducted off-site by national AmeriCorps*VISTA staff.

 
 
Current VISTA Opportunities Click on the job for the description and application
 
Year Long VISTA Positions