Applications are open through May 5 at 11:59 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA – The Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps, an AmeriCorps program that serves as a career pathway for people interested in local government, is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 program. VISTA Corps members serve full-time for one year with departments in the City of Philadelphia to build capacity around anti-poverty programming and initiatives.

“Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps members are positioned within City government to participate in and contribute to exciting, equity-centered, anti-poverty projects that are truly impactful,” said Mayor Cherelle L. Parker. “This is an excellent opportunity for future leaders who are passionate about a career in public service.”

“What makes this program unique is the dedicated support and services that members receive from our staff team,” said Arielle Greenwald, Director of the Serve Philadelphia VISTA Program. “Through the curated cohort experience, VISTA Corps members can find access to networking, training, and skill development opportunities, and gain an inside look at City government. It’s also a great way to contribute to social change in Philadelphia. Apply today!”

VISTA Corps members serve in a wide variety of areas, including economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, housing security, and opioid emergency response. The Serve Philadelphia VISTA program continues to expand its reach, with more than 35 projects in over 20 City departments.

To apply for the full-year VISTA program, interested individuals must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have a high school degree or GED by the start of service
  • Have a passion for service

Applicants must submit:

  • A brief statement about you and your reasons for applying to become a VISTA
  • A description of your volunteer experience
  • Your resume
  • Your five preferred VISTA positions, along with a description of why you would be a good fit for each position

During a term of service, VISTAs will:

  • Receive a bi-weekly stipend and monthly transportation support
  • Participate in monthly professional development and team-building with the cohort
  • Receive a Segal Education Award or End of Service Award at the end of the term

Interested individuals can learn more at upcoming open houses on March 4, March 27, or April 23. Attendees will learn about AmeriCorps VISTA, the Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps, and how to apply. Individuals can register here.

To apply to be a VISTA Corps member, complete the application. The deadline is May 5 at 11:59 p.m.

About the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO)
CEO provides leadership on issues of economic justice by advancing racial equity and inclusive growth to ensure that all Philadelphians might share in the city’s prosperous future. It serves as the Community Action Agency (CAA) for the city and county of Philadelphia. As a CAA, CEO awards Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds to programs that serve residents with low incomes. For more, visit