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Now Accepting Applications for New VISTA Host Sites for 2023-2024

We are currently seeking partnerships with non-profit, educational, tribal, or public agencies across Kansas who are dedicated to alleviating the causes of poverty. Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is an anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years or older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with an organization ("Host Site") to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty.

The power of AmeriCorps VISTA is extraordinary, and brings talented, passionate people on board to create or enhance your anti-poverty program by expanding the capacity of your organization.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with review beginning on September 26th, 2023. Please email the VISTA Coordinator at for full application instructions and forms.

What is Washburn VISTA Fellows?

Washburn VISTA Fellows will be assigned to a non-profit agency to expand the capacity of the partner organization and enhance the partner's ability to provide poverty-related services. Washburn VISTA Fellows will focus on one of three areas:

Economic Opportunity

  • Improve economic well-being and security of economically disadvantaged people
  • Help economically disadvantaged people, including youth to have improved access to service that enhances financial literacy
  • Improve employability leading to increased success in becoming employed


  • Improve student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM)
  • Improve educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Prepare economically disadvantaged students for success in post-secondary educational institutions

Healthy Futures

  • Reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse     

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VISTA Member Activities

VISTA member activities may include: Recruit Volunteers, build volunteer management, leadership, and training systems; Market programs and activities; Create community partnerships; Grant write and fundraise; Develop new programs and /or Evaluate program impact and success.

VISTA members do not: Provide Direct Services; Perform administrative duties; Proselytize or lobby; Work internationally; Supervise employees or volunteers; or Replace staff members. 

  • Get the satisfaction of helping others while gaining experience, skills, friends and contacts.
  • Receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits.
  • Receive either a $6,895 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1800 post-service stipend.


Call Liz Stuewe 785.670.1962


Visit the LinC Office in Benton Hall, Rm 209


LinC Program
Benton Hall 209
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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