AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. The AmeriCorps VISTA program provides a living allowance that enables you to live very frugally, like the community you are serving. In successfully completing your year of service, you’re eligible to receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or the end-of-service cash stipend. AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older.