Become a VISTA at L.A. Works!

Kickstart a nonprofit career with our AmeriCorps VISTA program, 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 capacity building activities. As a VISTA, you will serve as a full-time volunteer with a mission to lift communities out of poverty through supporting local organizations expand their capacity to make change.


  • Living Allowance - Members receive a modest bi-weekly allowance to cover basic expenses
  • Professional Development Training - In-person and virtual trainings are available to members to learn how to be a community development change agent with guidance
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) - Members have edge in the federal hiring process because AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program that allows members to earn federal non-competitive eligibility. 
  • End of Service Award - Choose between a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,000) to pay for a range of education expenses -or- a $1,800 cash stipend

Responsibilities can be

  • Conduct needs assessment of organization and the community
  • Research and develop new potential programs
  • Improve outreach efforts and methods
  • Evaluate current sustems for improvement
  • Support fundraising efforts
  • Grant research and writing
  • Develop volunteer infrastructure
  • Recruit community members and volunteers

    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.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Able to committ full-time for 12 months
  • Prior community service experience preferred

Non Profit Interest Areas

  • Children and Youth Education
  • Environment
  • Family Services
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Justice and Legal Service

See below for some of our current Host Sites!


Recruitment cycles are 3x per year with cohorts starting in February, August, and November.


Interested? If you have any general questions about our program, check out the other links below or email