The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits AmeriCorps VISTA program builds the capacity of nonprofits serving or led by immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color to overcome poverty. 

We place AmeriCorps VISTA members in Minnesota nonprofits to provide the resources, capacity and connections for community based organizations to ensure operational sustainability and grow their community impact.


The AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program is a member of the AmeriCorps family of national service programs and administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). VISTA members are full time volunteers who are charged with helping bring individuals and communities out of poverty by performing ‘indirect service’ that increases the capacity of their host organizations. Members are prohibited from engaging in direct service, focusing instead on creating systemic change. VISTA members are provided with a modest living allowance and health care allowance through CNCS to support their full-time, full-year commitment to combating poverty.