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AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorp*VISTA members work in organizations throughout the United States to develop programs that prevent or reduce poverty in our country.  The Opportunity Council is an “umbrella agency” for VISTA projects in Whatcom County. Organizations can apply for a project through us rather than going directly to the State Office. This allows us to monitor the distribution of VISTAs in the community, offer technical assistance to each organization, and provide a direct contact person here in Bellingham for participating organizations.

Contact Information

Opportunity Council
1111 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Telephone: (360) 734-5121 ext. 318

Current VISTA Projects

Information for organizations that wish to start a new project

To apply for a project, follow these steps:

Concept papers in Whatcom,County can be requested from and sent to the address listed above.

Information for individuals that wish to volunteer

To learn how to become a VISTA and/or to submit an online application visit

To search for projects in any state that are currently recruiting volunteers please visit

To review projects that are sub-sponsors to the Opportunity Council located in Whatcom County, quick search using the following selections:

  1. Program Type: Americorps VISTA
  2. State: Washington
  3. Program Name: “Opp. Council”

All of our projects that are looking for a recruit will be listed with the Opportunity Council’s name first followed by the agency name
(example: Opp. Council – American Red Cross.)

You may also contact local organizations directly using the information on our main page.

Information for current VISTA volunteers

Monthly VISTA Meetings

VISTA members meet as a group every month to receive training, network with other VISTAs, and discuss needs and questions with the Opportunity Council’s project manager.  These meetings are mandatory unless there is some non-negotiable scheduling conflict.