What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. The goal of these AmeriCorps VISTA Blog Postings is to give our Boston Cares volunteers and followers a better understanding of what the AmeriCorps VISTA endeavors are within Boston Cares!

There are currently six full time VISTAs serving in the Boston Cares office and an additional 14 members serving with partner organizations: Boston Partners in Education, BUILD Greater Boston, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, Service Works, United South End Settlements, WriteBoston, X-Cel Education, and ZUMIX. Each post is written by one of our VISTA cohort members and will examine one major event or project they have organized or completed as a VISTA with Boston Cares.