Member Policies


Review the resources here to familiarize yourself with the terms, conditions, and benefits of VISTA service for members and be prepared to answer their questions.

VISTA Member Handbook

Member Handbook
Use this as a reference resource on a wide array of topics related to your VISTA experience.
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Outside Employment Policy


On May 3, 2015, the VISTA program revised its policy on outside employment to make VISTA service accessible to the widest possible range of candidates regardless of economic status. These resources explain the details of the policy and how to implement it.

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Criminal History Check Sponsor Fact Sheet

Find out how to determine if a National Service Criminal History Check is required for your staff. This fact sheet provides guidelines for determining who needs to be checked and answers common questions around providing checks on people in covered positions.
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Hatch Act Summary

Learn about the kinds of political activities VISTAs can and cannot engage in during their term of service. This review of the Hatch Act provisions explains the different types of restrictions and how they are applied.
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Civil Rights Summary

Review this brief summary of content from the Civil Rights and Responsibilities tutorial, so you are aware of the rules on discrimination and harassment.
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Supervisors Terms, Conditions, and Benefits Key Points

Refresh your knowledge of VISTA's basic terms and conditions. This quick reference summary covers the key points from the tutorial VISTAs take before the start of service. Supervisors can also download PDF files of the full Terms & Conditions course in English and Spanish.
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VISTA Civil Rights and Responsibilities

Gain an understanding of how you are protected and your responsibilities in protecting the civil rights of others in this scenario-based tutorial.
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VISTA Member Oath Form

VISTA candidates are required to take the Oath of Service as a condition of entry into VISTA service. This page includes instructions on how to complete and submit the electronic Oath form.
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