9/11: A Day of Service and Remembrance

Back to main blog page » Since September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have come together with a common purpose to honor 9/11 and commemorate the tragedy through a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, AmeriCorps VISTA members support this...

A Passion to End Homelessness

Back to main blog page » Republished from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless blog. Veronica Cullinan-Burnison is an AmeriCorps VISTA Organizer for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). I am no stranger to the issues that many of the people we work...

VISTA Spotlight: Sonia at Hesed House

Back to main blog page » When Sonia started her Summer Associate position with Hesed House, donated clothing was jumbled all together, making it difficult to quickly accommodate the needs of children and families. This summer, she tackled the disorganized...

A Summer with Hesed House

Back to main blog page » This August, we headed to Aurora to visit Hesed House, a comprehensive homeless resource center where five VISTA Summer Associates have spent the last couple of months working on a wide variety of projects. They’ve been running a...

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Back to main blog page » The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is a good way to summarize the many adventures I’ve had at Housing Action Illinois. I moved to Chicago for the polluted air and loud streets, never one to miss out on the city life,...

Catching Up with DuPage Habitat for Humanity

Back to main blog page » This summer, four Summer Associates have been working hard on a variety of projects at DuPage Habitat for Humanity. They’ve been coordinating volunteers on construction sites, updating the organization’s website, collecting...

Working to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness

Back to main blog page » On the last day of the Zero:2016 Action Camp in Denver, I received a small plastic soldier. I was to take the soldier back with me as a reminder of the personal commitment I was making to ending veteran homelessness. The commitment...

Orienting and managing volunteers? Check out these free resources

Back to main blog page » We know that many VISTAs help their organizations with recruiting, orienting, and managing volunteers, so when we saw that the Executive Service Corps (ESC) has developed free templates for volunteer orientations, performance...

“I Have a Lot to Say”: Stories from Heartland Housing Residents

Back to main blog page » "I have a lot to say," starts Stacey Brown in her story, "New Beginnings," published in a 2017 issue of Real Conditions magazine. Stacey describes her struggles with being bipolar and how becoming a mother has changed her. "She is...

The Illinois Affordable Housing Support Project

Housing Action Illinois manages a network of nearly 30 AmeriCorps VISTAs placed with our member organizations. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty, and our VISTA members commit to serve our communities full-time for a year. They fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at fighting poverty and helping communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois.

Learn more about our VISTA network »