Sunday, January 15, 2006

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America)

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a service project under the auspices of ACTION. It was established in 1964 and is the oldest program in ACTION. VISTA volunteers work and live among the poor, establishing programs that focus on hunger, unemployment, homelessness, illiteracy, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and the needs of the elderly, handicapped, and low-income youth. Though the average age of volunteers is 37, 18 percent are 55 years of age or older.
Nearly all VISTA volunteers are recruited by local sponsors. They serve full time for one to two years and receive allowances for food, lodging, travel, and medical insurance as well as a small stipend. Much of the funding for VISTA is generated through the private sector.
See also ACTION.
For additional information write or call:
806 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20525
(202) 606-4845.


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