Springfield Promise Neighborhood

AmeriCorps VISTA

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Fight poverty with passion.

The opportunities Promise creates for children and families would not be possible without the work of AmeriCorps “Volunteers In Service To America” (VISTA). VISTA volunteers commit to one year of service at a host site organization, living at the local poverty level of the area they serve. In partnership with Think Tank Inc., Springfield Promise has supervised 45 full-time VISTA members since 2010, receiving the benefit of nearly $200,000 in service.

The mission of VISTA members is to build capacity in the communities where they work.

Promise VISTA members have helped develop strategic frameworks for all levels of community revitalization and involvement; have been instrumental in bringing new resources to the Promise community; have engaged hundreds of students and families; have advocated for the support of south side neighborhoods; and have gained the skills and competencies necessary to be leaders in communities across the country.

“Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man.”  Lyndon B. Johnson to the first group of 20 VISTA members in 1964.


Lincoln visiting WittVISTA members receive modest benefits throughout their service:

  • On-the-job training, development, and support throughout service
  • A bi-weekly living allowance, direct deposit
  • Qualification for food or health support, if applicable
  • Relocation reimbursement if moving over 50 miles for service
  • Personal leave and sick time, in addition to comp time
  • Supplemental health benefits (not primary coverage)
  • Childcare support, if applicable
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment, if applicable
  • Ability to work an outside job while serving
  • Ability to take classes while serving
  • Non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs for one year after completing service
  • Choice of a Segal Education Award or cash stipend after completing service


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