Other Grant Opportunities
VISTA has been meeting the needs of low-income communities since 1965, when it was established as Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). The AmeriCorps VISTA member’s role in addressing the problems of poverty in a particular community are to mobilize community resources, increase the capacity of the low-income community to solve problems, and ensure that activities initiated or expanded by VISTAs are sustained by the community when they leave. An education award is also available for VISTA members.
The National Senior Service Corps helps people age 55 and older find service opportunities related to their interests and close to home. The Senior Corps includes three programs:
Foster Grandparents provide support to children with special needs by offering emotional support to children who have been abused and neglected, mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers, and caring for premature infants and children with physical disabilities.
Senior Companions are people age 60 and older who provide assistance and friendship to elderly individuals who are homebound and, generally, living alone. Senior Companions often provide the essential services that prevent older Americans from having to enter nursing homes.
Retired and Senior Volunteers helps people 55 and older find service opportunities in their communities. RSVP involves seniors in service that matches their personal interests and makes use of their skills and life experiences.