Host Site Opportunities

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a national anti-poverty initiative that places full-time and summer volunteers with local projects. VISTA members are recruited locally and nationally, are college graduates and commit to service with a project.

The Community Development Division was designated as an AmeriCorps VISTA Project Site in 2009 as part of the overall homeless initiatives designed through Welcome Home Billings, the City's ten-year plan to impact homelessness. Through the Billings Metro VISTA Project (MVP), the City has facilitated VISTA placements with local non-profit organizations to assist in capacity-building efforts to impact poverty and homelessness in the community.

Becoming a Host Site


The City is offering partnership opportunities to non-profit organizations to acquire Host Site status through a proposal submission process. Organizations may submit a proposal anytime during the year to become a Host Site. However, City staff must complete project applications within federal timelines.

Therefore, organizations submitting completed proposals prior to 5:00pm on January 27, 2016 will receive priority consideration for full-year members beginning service in July 2015. For full-year members beginning service in January 2017, proposals received prior to 5:00pm on August 27, 2016 will receive priority consideration.

Request Proposal Documents:
Please contact Brenda Beckett at or call at 406.657.8286 to request a VISTA Host Site Guide Book and Proposal form. Organizations may also schedule an appointment for technical assistance in preparing a proposal.

What is Capacity-Building?


The AmeriCorps VISTA program specializes in capacity-building efforts, which result in long-term sustainability. This program is designed to assist organizations in efforts expected to become fully self-sustaining.Full-year VISTA members cannot provide direct services; for example, act as a receptionist, filing clerk, or have direct service-provision contact with clients.

All projects must be designed to impact poverty and benefit low income persons through economic opportunity (financial literacy, housing, or employment), education (school readiness, K-12 success or college access) or healthy futures (obesity, community gardens or access to healthcare). VISTA members may:
  • Complete a community needs assessment using quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Establish, expand or enhance an organization's volunteer program to raise funds or expand services.
  • Develop or expand a more diversified funding stream for services impacting poverty.
  • Expand or improve an existing program benefiting low income households.
  • Perform outreach, build community awareness of services offered by an organization.
  • Assist in assessing the impact of current anti-poverty programming.