Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Team

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About Us

Who We Are

The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Team (MCNW VT) is a group of AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinated by Mercy Corps Northwest. We work throughout the Pacific Northwest to end poverty through capacity building and innovation. Our team is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, that engages over 5,000 people in service with AmeriCorps VISTA every year. Our members have been retired persons, mid-life career changers, recent college graduates, and everything in between. You can read more about our current and former members here.

What We Do

We tackle poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, from Seattle to Bend. Mercy Corps NW AmeriCorps VISTAs expand economic & affordable housing opportunities and increase food security in low income communities. In the past, our VISTAs have developed volunteer programs, created training opportunities for low income entrepreneurs, designed financial wellness curricula, and much more. You can find out more about our current VISTA sites here.

For more information on the national AmeriCorps VISTA program please see the video below or visit the official AmeriCorps website

How to Join

We’re looking for committed people who want to devote a year of their lives to service. You’ll make poverty-level wages, receive a basic health benefit package, and serve full time. At the end of the year you’ll receive either an education award of $5,920 or a cash stipend of $1,800—your choice. And, most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to dedicate yourself exclusively to helping others. You can find out more by reading our FAQ page.

If that appeals to you, we’d love to see an application from you during our recruitment periods: early autumn and late spring.

We are currently recruiting for AmeriCorps VISTA positions to begin in August, 2018. To apply, please check our Open Positions page for more information. 

If you have questions after completing a review of our FAQ, you can contact our AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, Matthew Cramer with further questions about joining AmeriCorps VISTA at