AmeriCorps VISTA Benefits
AmeriCorps VISTA members at Youth Volunteer Corps have access to benefits along with a living allowance and end-of-service award. While many are accessed directly through the VISTA program, YVC also offers unique benefits to members who chose to serve with our organization.
Youth Volunteer Corps Benefits:
Housing Reimbursement: A $200 housing reimbursement is paid directly to landlords/property management companies following each completed month of service. This payment is not a stipend, but helps supplement a member’s resources.
Mileage Reimbursement: VISTA members who travel 30+ miles one-way to the YVCHQ office are eligible for mileage reimbursement. Up to $150 reimbursement is paid directly to VISTA members following each completed month of service.
Career Development and Training: VISTA members are provided formal and informal opportunities to practice new skills, network with professionals in their fields of interest, and reflect for personal growth. Local workshop topics have included developing a personal brand; personal activism in the workplace; young leadership and inclusion. VISTAs at YVC are asked to name their goals and invited to craft an action plan to achieve them.
Vibrant, Mission-Driven Culture: “Supportive.” “Productive.” “Collaborative.” “Energetic.” YVC employees come for a job but stay for the culture. Entrepreneurial thinking is encouraged to support innovation and creativity. A team attitude drives goal achievement. We celebrate birthdays, recognize victories, grab lunch together. Working here is fun.
AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
Benefits described in the section below are provided directly from AmeriCorps. Learn more about benefits of AmeriCorps service here.
Relocation Travel and Settling In Allowance: If you are moving more than 50 miles from your home, VISTA offers relocation travel assistance up to $1,000 and a settling-in allowance of $550.
Federal Student Loan Forbearance and Deferment: If you have federal student loans (also called “qualified’ student loans), you may be able to put your loans into forbearance or deferment; the specific program will depend upon the end-of-service award you choose. More details on reduction of education costs are here.
Healthcare: VISTAs are required to have health coverage. Members with qualifying coverage may enroll in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance, a reimbursement covering out-of-pocket costs up to $7,350 associated with healthcare. VISTAs who are legally exempt from maintaining qualifying coverage may enroll in the AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan. Telehealth services are also available to members. More details on healthcare benefits are here.
Childcare: If you have children under the age of 14, you may qualify for childcare benefits. More details on childcare benefits and eligibility are here.