Kickstart a nonprofit career with our AmeriCorps VISTA program, the Volunteer Corps.

As a member of the L.A. Works' Volunteer Corps, you'll be placed at one of our nonprofit partner organizations for one calendar year and tasked with enhancing the organization’s volunteer program.

AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program dedicated to ending poverty by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and public agencies. VISTA’s mission is to strengthen and supplement efforts in low-income communities to eliminate and alleviate poverty by engaging volunteers from all walks of life, all geographical areas, and all age groups in a year of fulltime service. VISTA aims to build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, to encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities to raise their standards of living.

The Work: You will help transform their host site volunteer programs through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement, and engagement practices. You will be paired with a nonprofit whose mission personally. As a volunteer coordinator you would be responsible for some of the following capacity building activities:

  • Thoroughly assess host site volunteer program and contribute to the identification of new, creative volunteer roles at host site;
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at host site;
  • Other capacity building activities such as writing grants, creating a curriculum, setting up partnerships in the community, etc.
  • Contribute to monthly and annual grant reporting as well as serve as a Project Leader at L.A. Works special days of service.

Benefits: Throughout the course of the year, you will grow professionally within an innovative, highly respected L.A.-based organization. L.A. Works provides ongoing trainings through monthly meetings and leadership opportunities. Other benefits include:

  • A bi-weekly living allowance of $697.20* (for a full 14 days of service) *subject to change
  • Upon successful completion of one year of service, a $5,775 education award (or equal to the Pell Grant amount) that can be put towards student loans or future educational expenses, or anend-of-service cash stipend of $1,800.
  • Student loan forbearance, childcare (if eligible), and healthcare benefits.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • Must be okay with some evening and weekend commitments
  • Prior community service experience preferred

Questions? E-mail victoria@laworks.com

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