Rural Opportunity VISTA Program

The Rural Opportunity VISTA Program is seeking host sites for August 2017 member placement!

CEDAM is soliciting applications for the Rural Opportunity VISTA Program. This program places VISTA members statewide with community foundations serving in rural areas or with rural Michigan Main Street (MMS) Select or Master level programs. AmeriCorps VISTA members will be awarded to host sites where there is both a programmatic need that is not being filled in the community and where the organization has a strong supervisor and community guidance. The VISTA members’ goals will be to build sustainability within organizations by creating programs and ensuring success when VISTA resources end. Successful applicants will propose a project that directly impacts the low-income population in their community.

CEDAM views the Rural Opportunity VISTA project as a holistic approach in which members will generate cash and in-kind resources, recruit volunteers and create programs to build sustainability within organizations. Typically, VISTA resources have a three-year life cycle. Successful host sites will tentatively be awarded for the three-year life cycle. Progress reports and a yearly continuation application will be utilized to ensure that VISTA resources are being utilized properly. Organizations who do not meet the standards will not receive further awards.

Click here to view the 2017-18 Host Site Application.

All AmeriCorps VISTA members receive the following benefits:

  • Modest living allowance of around $12,000 annually;IMG_6974
  • Choice of $5,815 Eli Segal Education Award or $1,500 cash award at completion of service year;
  • Health care assistance;
  • Child care, if eligible; and
  • Many training opportunities


  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent U.S. alien;
  • Be at least 18 years of age (there is no upper age limit!);
  • Have a willingness to serve full time for a year;
  • Possess an education or life-skills that will help you be successful in your placement; and
  • Have a passion for giving back!

Interested in learning more? Contact Stevie Chilcote, VISTA Leader at

Updated on March 7, 2017.