AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a unique federal program dedicated to ending poverty through national service to build the capacity of organizations serving low income communities. AmeriCorps VISTA’s mission is to engage members in a year of full-time service to strengthen organizations that eliminate or alleviate poverty through the mobilization of community volunteers and resources. VISTA members establish systems, institutionalize knowledge, and develop community relationships to better generate resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities to lift themselves out of poverty. For more information on the concepts that underlie VISTA, review the law that authorizes VISTA, the Domestic Volunteer Service Act.
The Utah Refugee VISTA Project was started 10 years ago. Since its creation, it has expanded into a diverse array of VISTA positions across the Salt Lake valley. The Utah Refugee VISTA Project works with organizations and communities to foster sustainable anti-poverty programming for refugees in Utah.