Whatcom County VISTA Program

Founded in 1965, VISTA, Volunteers In Service to America, has been on the forefront
of ending poverty in America for 50 years.

Members make a year long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a non-profit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

VISTA projects focus on the following:

  • Anti-poverty: How the VISTA will play a role in strengthening, expanding and increasing the reach of anti-poverty programs within the community.
    • Economic Opportunity (Housing, Financial Literacy, Employment)
    • Healthy Futures (Food & Obesity, Access to Care)
    • Education (School Readiness, K-12 Success, Post-Secondary Education)
  • Capacity Building: Tasks and activities that create, expand or strengthen systems and processes in order to increase your ability to function effectively and meet your mission.
  • Indirect Service:  How the VISTA will serve people in need through work with project staff and volunteers, rather than directly serve the clients of an organization.

Program Costs: $5,000 annually* (Administration Fee: $1,500, Cost Share: $3,500)

  • Please note: Costs are subject to change and are based on fees charged to the Opportunity Council from the Corporation for National & Community Service.

How to Apply:

  • Step 1: Complete the Concept Paper Narrative
    • This paper introduces your organization and summarizes the proposed project.

Once Accepted:

  • Step 2: Complete the VISTA Assignment Description (VAD)
    • This will break down the goals you have for the project and the activities that comprise each goal.

For more information or to receive application materials contact:

Lisa Sohni
Outreach & Development Manager
360-734-5121 ext. 224