AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program

James Roberts, a VISTA Summer Associate at DuPage Habitat for Humanity, supervised volunteers at construction sites

We launched our Summer Associate Program in 2017 with a cohort of nearly 30 VISTAs serving at more than a dozen organizations across the state. Summer Associates help Illinois communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing, implementing summer education engagement programs for youth, and providing food security. They work on a variety of different projects throughout Illinois, including: fundraising, grant writing and donor relations; program management and development; marketing and communications; outreach and education; and volunteer recruitment.

This program is an expansion of Housing Action’s full-year AmeriCorps VISTA network; instead of serving for a full twelve months, VISTA Summer Associates work full-time with an organization for 8-10 weeks on specific projects. Unlike our full-year VISTA positions, Summer Associates are able to participate in direct service, which allows them to perform tasks such as case management, client intake, and tutoring, in addition to the traditional capacity building of AmeriCorps VISTA positions.

Read up on stories from our past VISTAs on our blog, The VISTA Insider. Posts about our 2017 Summer Associates: Catching Up with DuPage Habitat for Humanity, A Summer with Hesed House, & VISTA Spotlight: Sonia at Hesed House.

Are you a current VISTA Summer Associate looking for resources and support? We’ve got you covered.

Thinking about becoming a VISTA Summer Associate?

If you are interested in learning about VISTA opportunities in the Summer Associate Program, this page will be updated in early 2018 with openings for the summer of 2018. Feel free to email our VISTA Leaders ( with any questions.

Want to host a VISTA Summer Associate?

Read testimonials from VISTA supervisors at our host sites and email our VISTA Leaders ( to learn more.

2017 Summer Associate Host Sites

Boys and Girls Club of Lake CountyCentro RomeroConnections for the HomelessDuPage Habitat for HumanityHesed HouseHousing Choice PartnersJohn Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support ClinicMercy Housing LakefrontMETEC Resource CenterMilikin University Financial Literacy Summer ProgramNorthwest CompassNorthwest Side Housing CenterOak Park Regional Housing CenterRinCon Family ServicesSouth Suburban Housing CenterVermilion County Housing Authority