Better Jobs. Better Lives. Better Community.

Member Benefits

  • Monthly Living Allowance of approximately $970-980 (varies by county, pre-tax)
  • Choice of a $5,775 educational award or $1,500 stipend
  • Health care benefit 
  • Relocation expenses (if eligible)
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (if eligible)
  • Child care assistance (if eligible)
  • 10 sick days, 10 personal days and national holidays observed by host sites
  • Travel for VISTA Service Training
  • Invaluable training and experience! 

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VISTA Resources


EMERGE is now accepting host site applications for 2016 - 2017 service year.

Contact Kristen Washington at (612) 787-3750 for more information.


We are not yet accepting VISTA applications for 2016 - 2017 service year. Please keep a eye on this page! 

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a year-long volunteer opportunity where you can work to help build the capacity of a local organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty. Emerge VISTA offers 15 members the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of Minnesotans with criminal records. As a group we address the issues of housing, employment and financial literacy. Each position is unique in its duties (click on the individual postings below). Join us today to gain skills in program development, public speaking, networking, and much much more!

Click here for tips for crafting a strong application. 

The AmeriCorps VISTA program offers members a modest living allowance in exchange for a year of volunteer service at participating host sites. Positions will start with a Pre-Service Orientation (PSO). In exchange for serving full-time (40 hours per week) for 365 days, you get many benefits (see left side bar for additional information on VISTA benefits).  

Effective May 3, 2015: VISTAs are allowed to have part-time employment outside of their VISTA service, if pre-approved. 

Click here for FAQs on this change.

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