AmeriCorps VISTA

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The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and DC Public Schools (DCPS) collaborate on an AmeriCorps VISTA program. Our VISTA members come to DC from around the world to fight poverty by leveraging community partnerships and recruiting volunteers to increase opportunities and access in Title I schools across the district. VISTA Members who participate in the program are eligible for a number of benefits including: a biweekly living allowance, healthcare, the choice between an education award or stipend upon completion of their term, etc. 


Through this collaboration we recruit and train federally-funded VISTA members who serve in DCPS schools, DCPS Central Office and community organizations. School-Community Liaison VISTAs build capacity by working directly with school personnel and community organizations as well as with GW faculty and students to cultivate partnerships, develop volunteer programs and collaborate with the community to create sustainable solutions. Within the DCPS Central Office, our VISTAs work to create and maintain systems and curriculum informed by experience, research and best practices. Lastly, VISTA members placed at GW help to build capacity by connecting the community with campus resources through service-learning courses, nonprofit partnerships, recruiting student volunteers, etc. 

Benefits of VISTA Service

  • Bi-weekly Living Allowance
  • Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Federal Non-Competitive Eligibility
  • Healthcare
  • Student Loan Forbearance, if applicable
  • Relocation Assistance, if eligible
  • Child Care Assistance, if applicable
  • Education Award or Cash Stipend

Apply now to help create equitable solutions in Washington, D.C. schools and communities!

We are actively recruiting for the following positions through the GWServes AmeriCorps VISTA program: 

Community Partnerships VISTA Leader1

Serve at the Nashman Center to help develop over GWServes program activities and build sources of community support to expand successful community partnerships and volunteer programs between public schools and community organizations. 

School Community Liasion2

Serve directly at a DCPS school to build capacity by cultivating partnerships with community-based organizations, conducting community outreach, recruiting volunteers, increasing parent/family engagement, etc.

Math Matters Program Fellow 

Serve at the Nashman Center to increase the capacity of the Math Matters by collaborating with Nashman Center staff, DCPS school partners and community-based organizations to implement math tutoring and programming in Title I middle schools in Washington, D.C. 

Civic Innovation VISTA 

Serve with the Nashman Center to develop and implement DEI and service-learning programs in Title I middle and high schools.

Campus-Community Partnerships  

Serve alongside the engageDC program to support nine local nonprofits through volunteer recruitment and management, training curriculum development, partnership capacity development and program sustainability initiatives.

Campus-Community Liaison VISTA 

The Campus-Community Liaison VISTA provides support for community partners of course-based service initiatives, enhances the communications mechanisms used to reach various stakeholders, and collects data to analyze and report on the impact of course-based service initiatives in the D.C. community.  

ArtRreach Program Fellow 

Serve with ArtReachGW at THEARC to enhance existing after-school and community partnerships to provide arts education, workforce skills development and art therapy. 

Partnerships VISTA - OEP 

Serve with the DCPS Office of Engagement and Partnerships to expand its capacity to cultivate and support school partnerships with local community organizations and government agencies.

Partnerships VISTA - OSIS 

Serve with the DCPS Office of School Improvements and Supports to increase the capacity of the DCPS Connected Schools Initiative through the creation of new tools, working with data systems and developing communications campaigns. 


Serve at DCPS Central Office to increase the capacity of the Out of School Time Programs to conduct communications, outreach to stakeholders, design and implement training for staff, and design and implement tools to measure program quality.

1To serve as a VISTA Leader you must have completed a full year of full-time AmeriCorps or Peace Corps service. 

2This position has 8 slots open. We partner with 8 DCPS schools and each school hosts 1 VISTA member for a full year. 

Volunteer with our Program Partners

Check out the VISTA Program volunteer opportunities with our community partners on GivePulse. The GW Nashman Center also operates a national Jumpstart AmeriCorps program, which enrolls full-time GW students in part-time service. Please visit the Jumpstart page here.  

Volunteering Opportunities



Start your application today at the links above or contact Charity Eddleman for more information.



Contact Charity Eddleman at [email protected] or 202-994-7981.