HAH is a partnership between Rotary First Harvest and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place Harvest VISTA members at hunger relief program partner sites. Each Harvest VISTA works to increase local access to fresh fruits and vegetables by developing sustainable produce recovery projects. Projects developed by Harvest VISTA include establishing new or building upon preexisting gleaning, plant a row, farmers market recovery and community garden models. HAH is committed to connecting and collaborating with individuals and organizations to develop and share sustainable programs that increase access to fresh and nutritious produce for people in need.
VISTA is an acronym for “Volunteers In Service To America” and is known as the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps. Volunteers commit to a year of service at a host site with the goal of starting or sustaining a produce recovery effort. The VISTA program provides its members the opportunity to gain valuable skills while making a difference in the community.
- Harvest VISTA must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement.
- Harvest VISTA must serve on a full-time basis during the project period.
- Harvest VISTA may not have outside employment during the project period.
- Although not required, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is strongly encouraged.
- Please see this FAQ page about serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member.
- Harvest VISTA serve full-time (40-hours per week) for one year and receive:
- Living allowance (deposited biweekly)
- Health care coverage
- Choice of an AmeriCorps Education Award or cash stipend at end of term of service.
- Harvest VISTA members may be eligible to receive reimbursement of relocation expense for some travel and shipping costs.
Living Allowance: Los Angeles County is $13,400, King and Snohomish counties the yearly stipend is $12,696, Clark County is $11,124 every other WA county the yearly stipend is $10,704.
Education Award: After completion of year of service, a Harvest VISTA will receive $5,550 or a $1,500 cash stipend. The Ed Award may be used towards tuition or pay down existing college loans.
Every Harvest VISTA placement does require use of a personal vehicle, HAH will reimburse official work related travel at $.56 a mile.
The Corporation for National and Community Service and Harvest Against Hunger will provide many opportunities for training and career building activities.
Before Harvest VISTAs report to their host site they will first complete an AmeriCorps Pre Service Orientation (PSO) that provides context for a VISTA year to fight poverty, mobilize communities and implement projects.
HAH will provide ongoing training opportunities at the Rotary First Harvest office in Seattle and connect on a regular basis to share ideas, best practices and problem solve.