You know you can make a difference. You'd like to leave your make on the world. Maybe you're looking to help people who haven't had the same opportunities as you by giving them the tools to help themselves. Maybe you've climbed that ladder yourself and want to help the next person up. Helping others help themselves is at the heart of AmeriCorps*VISTA.

AmeriCorps*VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty for 35 years, when it was established as Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Today, nearly 6,000 AmeriCorps*VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country - working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide. AmeriCorps*VISTA places individuals in disadvantaged communities for a full-time, full-year commitment to build the capacity of small community-based organizations.

AmeriCorps*VISTA members are assigned for one year, full-time, to a nonprofit organization - a shelter for abused or battered women, a health clinic for low-income families, or a disadvantaged school. Or may be assigned to an organization that is helping people move from welfare to work or that is introducing technology to an underserved neighborhood.

AmeriCorps*VISTA members train volunteers, raise funds and write grants, gather corporate sponsorship and donations, plan community meetings, and handle public relations - whatever it takes to make their project come together.

AmeriCorps*VISTA members leave behind lasting solutions to some of our country's toughest problems.

For more information on AmeriCorps*VISTA or becoming a sponsor, contact:
Corporation for National Service - Missouri Program Office
801 Walnut St., Suite 504, Kansas City, MO 64106-2009
Phone (816) 374-6300
You may register online at

Or request an AmeriCorps*VISTA application by calling (800) 942-2677.