Online Courses

Learn more, serve better

AmeriCorps VISTA offers online courses designed specifically for VISTAs in service. VISTAs who successfully complete the courses can gain access to academic credit recommendations. Offerings include Volunteer Mobilization and Resource Development: Fundraising and Grant Writing and are open to currently serving VISTAs.

In these courses, you'll complete weekly readings and practical assignments that will inform the work you do and can be applied at your site. You'll have a chance to connect with other VISTAs in the course and a facilitator who can help answer questions, give feedback, and offer help. 

What You'll Take Away

Volunteer Mobilization

Community gardenDevelop new strategies and tools for recruiting, screening, and training volunteers to help build a robust volunteer program at your site. For those developing a program from scratch or working with volunteers for the first time, this course is for you.


  • Design volunteer position descriptions
  • Develop effective volunteer recruitment strategies
  • Conduct volunteer interviews
  • Develop volunteer screening practices
  • Create engaging and useful volunteer orientations and trainings

Resource Development: Fundraising and Grant Writing

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Gain the know-how and practical skills to support fundraising, event planning and grant writing and strengthen your site's ability to raise money. Students who take this course will have a free one-month subscription to a national grants database as part of the course.


  • Raise funds and write grants ethically
  • Identify and communicate with donors
  • Plan and develop fundraising events
  • Research and write letters of inquiry for grants