Interested in Hosting a MCNW VISTA?


Here’s how it works:


Other guidelines for potential VISTA project site partners:

  • Potential partnering organizations must be one of the following:
    • Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organization (must have 501c3 status)
    • Local, state, or federal agency
    • Tribal government

For-profit entities—even those that are active in the community and/or are designated as a social enterprise—are not eligible to apply for a VISTA. We encourage you to connect with our business development services team if you would like support in expanding your business.

  • Organizations must have a focus on fighting poverty in the community as VISTAs are not to be used for the purposes of providing general services; they may only focus on poverty alleviation.
  • Organizations will be asked to clearly demonstrate how their proposed VISTA programs address systemic rather than immediate needs.
  • Sites must be willing to follow all federal regulations concerning the VISTA program, one of which is a prohibition on members performing direct service.
  • Members cannot replace staff or fill a position that was recently vacated by staff.
  • Host organizations must provide a physical office location, substantial supervision, adequate organizational infrastructure, and all materials necessary to completing the VISTA project.
  • Most years, we require a cash match of between $5,000 and $7,000.  We endeavor to keep our match as low as possible while ensuring a high-quality experience for our members.


We operate two recruitment cycles. Our Request For Proposal (RFP) is typically released August and due by mid-September for sites that will commence in February/March. Another RFP is opened in January and due by early March for sites that will commence in late August.

If you are a qualified agency with a project focused on economic development, housing, job skills training,  or asset building, and interested in developing a VISTA project for your organizations, please contact:

Matthew Cramer
VISTA Program Director
Phone: (503) 896-5074

See our CURRENT VISTA SITES for more information on our current project partners.