Housing Action Illinois manages a network of 30 full-year AmeriCorps VISTA Members and 30+ Summer Associate VISTAs placed with our member organizations around the state. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to end poverty. Our VISTAs fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at helping our communities thrive. We’re very proud of what out current and past VISTAs have accomplished.

Host a VISTA

We are now accepting host site applications for both full-year and summer positions. To host a VISTA through our network, you must be a member of Housing Action Illinois. For questions, or to get an application, please email our VISTA Leaders.

The deadline to apply is December 20, 2019.

Want to hear from others who have hosted a VISTA? Check out AmeriCorps VISTA supervisor testimonials here.

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

“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...

Launching our Summer Associate VISTA program!

Launching our Summer Associate VISTA program!

Back to main blog page » Our VISTA Summer Associates Program has officially launched! For the next ten weeks, twenty individuals from all over Illinois will be serving their communities by working at nonprofit organizations in our state. These Summer Associates’...

Springing into Spring: 2017 Retreat

Springing into Spring: 2017 Retreat

Back to main blog page » Each year, we have two retreats for VISTAs. During our spring retreat (this year's happened on May 5), we talk about wrapping up VISTA tasks and passing projects on to staff or incoming VISTAs, and we also talk about what our VISTA members...

Beyond VISTA: What Are Other AmeriCorps Programs Like?

Back to main blog page » During my final semester of college, AmeriCorps NCCC seemed like an attractive alternative to entering the corporate job market. NCCC offers the ability to travel the U.S. working and living with people age 18-24 on a multitude of different...

Preparing for Your VISTA Interview

Back to main blog page » Interviewing for an AmeriCorps VISTA position is a lot like interviewing for any other job, so doing some general interview prep beforehand makes sense, but there are also some additional things it's a good idea to think through before...