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Who are VISTAs?

As a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), you will work for a minimum of one year to build programs, create change, and fight poverty in New Hampshire communities. Many VISTAs are recent college graduates; however, VISTAs can vary in age and experience.

VISTA responsibilities may include volunteer coordination and tracking, grant writing, coalition building, program design and implementation, community outreach, employment and training, marketing, fundraising, and other activities help organizations create effective and sustainable solutions to end poverty.

As a VISTA, you may work in a variety of service areas including homelessness, community development, entrepreneurship, afterschool programming, and social support for at-risk populations such as youth, elders, or refugees.

What are the benefits of becoming a VISTA?

When you join VISTA, you become part of a national movement that enables you to give back to your community and help break the cycle of poverty. Other benefits include:

Additionally, you’ll receive a number of federal benefits, including health benefits, relocation assistance, medical and personal leave, and childcare assistance if necessary. You may also be eligible to receive some forms of federal assistance, such as food stamps, fuel and electrical assistance. Most VISTAs find the stipend and additional assistance adequate to cover their financial needs.

Is VISTA right for you? Visit to find out.

VISTA helping manWe are not currently recruiting new VISTA members or host sites. Our recruitment period is typically in the spring and early summer, but is determined by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In the meantime, if you’d like to be notified when recruitment begins please email us at

For more information, download the “Be a VISTA” brochure. For questions, please contact the Families in Transition VISTA Program Coordinator: via e-mail at or by phone at (603) 641-1143 x 357.


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