AmeriCorps VISTA is a national program that was created by President John F. Kennedy and founded by the Volunteers, or volunteer, in Service to America in 1965. This program was designed to help relieve poverty in communities around the world. VISTA, specifically, stands for Volunteers in Service to America. These are everyday individuals who want to help make a difference in their hometown or even in the hometowns of others. These individuals can either be recruited by an organization or seek out opportunities to get involved with a specific organization to begin the VISTA mission.
Once the VISTA has been assigned to an organization and sworn in, they will work side by side with other staff members to help carry out the mission by completing various tasks that are in line with their organization’s needs. Moreover, a VISTA is truly an asset to their community and the organization that they serve. CASA Corridor is privileged to have three AmeriCorps VISTAs, Jarah Mack, Kennedy Garrett, and Makinley Fillyaw. To find out more about Americorps VISTA and what it means to be a VISTA, visit https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista !