AmeriCorps VISTA in the Pacific Northwest

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Learn about the Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA program

As part of the national AmeriCorps VISTA program, Mercy Corps Northwest places a team of  paid VISTA volunteers in positions across Oregon and Washington every year. We focus on projects that tackle poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, from Seattle to Bend.

Over the course of a year of service, our members expand economic opportunities, increase affordable housing, and expand food access for low-income communities.

In the past, our teams have created training opportunities for entrepreneurs, designed financial wellness curricula, and much more. Our team members include retired individuals, mid-life career changers and recent college graduates. We support up to 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members each year. 

Annual spotlight

Each year our AmeriCorps VISTA team makes a measurable impact.
  • $919,674

    raised for local nonprofits
  • 358

    community partnerships built
  • 919

    people housed in the Pacific Northwest

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national program dedicated to eradicating poverty, sponsored by the federal agency Corporation for National Community Service. Mercy Corps has served as a host site for the federal program since 2012.

You can learn more about AmeriCorps, the VISTA program, and the greater community our service members are part of in the informational video below. 

While nearly 800,000 AmeriCorps memembers serve in locations across the country, Mercy Corps Northwest's VISTAs most commonly serve at nonprofits in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and within smaller cities across each state.

Could your organization benefit from VISTA?

The Mercy Corps Northwest VISTA Program partners with local nonprofit and government agencies to develop, recruit for, and implement projects that build the capacity of poverty-fighting organizations to better serve their communities.

Interested in getting involved? We open up a Request for Proposals application window twice per year, and encourage local nonprofit and government agencies to apply to become a VISTA host.

Meet one of our VISTA members

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AmeriCorps VISTA member Mallory Smith stands inside the oldest building in Warm Springs, Oregon during her service as a Community Development Specialist in 2019.

Originally from Warm Springs herself, Mallory loved the idea of working for a nonprofit that supports the area she grew up in. As a Community Development Specialist with Warm Springs Community Action Team, Mallory developed relationships with small business owners, artisans, and both young and old citizens of Warm Springs.

A short walk away from where the organizations headquarters and Outdoor Market stands a building destined to house WSCAT, Tananáwit, and an expanded Small Business Incubator. Over 100 years old, it is the oldest structure in Warm Springs. After remnants from the Fisheries Department and other organizations are removed from the space, the first floor will host Warm Springs small businesses while the second floor will be converted to offices.

In just a year of service, Mallory was able to create a new vision of community development with WSCAT. With support building the Tananáwit market and developing concepting for the business incubator she has paved a path that will support indigenous entrepreneurs for years to come. 

Interested in joining the team?

Learn about our open roles, application dates, and the different benefits of joining our team on our open role page below.

Want to become a VISTA host site?

Nonprofits and service-oriented organizations can apply twice annually to hosting a VISTA for a year of capacity-building work with their team.

Contact us

If you are a qualified agency with a project focused on economic development, housing, job skills training, asset building, or disaster services and are interested in developing a VISTA project or a prospective VISTA applicant with additional questions, please contact:

AmeriCorps logoBrittany Mabry
AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager
(503) 896-5708