Introductory

  • Document

    As an AmeriCorps VISTA Member or Leader, you receive a living allowance. The Corporation determines the living allowance rate, which varies according to the local cost of living in the area where you serve.  This document provides details on the living allowance rate depending on the State and County where you serve.

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  • Document
    Learn how your living allowance is calculated in terms of daily, monthly, and yearly amounts and by pay period.
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  • Document
    Find nuts and bolts answers to your questions about the VISTA living allowance in this reference resource. Review a sample living allowance statement, a living allowance calendar and frequently asked questions.
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  • Document
    Use this step-by-step guide on how to complete sponsor verification (tracking the days VISTAs are serving at your site) to ensure timely and correct payment of your VISTAs' living allowance.
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  • Webinar
    Addressing poverty in the community is challenging and managing your own personal finances can seem just as hard. View the “Living on the Living Allowance” webinar to review tips, tricks, and strategies that have worked for other VISTAs to manage their year on the living allowance.
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  • Webpage link
    Help your VISTAs adjust to living on minimal income. These resources include tips for saving money and living within a budget.
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