Become a VISTA

Montana Community VISTA Partnership VISTA members assist in carrying out the mission of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to improve and protect the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans. MCVP is housed within the Human and Community Services Division (HCSD) and its mission is to support the strengths of families and communities by promoting employment and providing the assistance necessary to help families and individuals meet basic needs and work their way out of poverty. MCVP has embraced a Community Building Process and this is woven throughout the MCVP VISTA Assignment Description, with the goal of creating and sustainable local capacity building.

VISTA members work to build the capacity of communities to mitigate social and health risk factors by forming partnerships and coalitions, mobilizing resources from public and private entities and establishing community service as a major solution to combating poverty at the community level. Duties will require a great deal of coordination and collaboration with state and local agencies and non-profit groups. VISTA members will work to build the capacity of communities by forming partnerships and mobilizing resources from public and private entities.

VISTAs will also identify current activities, resources and needs in the community; work with local community development councils to gather and review data and establish goals/objectives; expand the use of volunteers and community service programs; write and coordinate grants; build lasting community coalitions; establish mentoring programs for youth.

Join us in July 2024!
We have a wide variety of sites looking for the perfect VISTA to make a positive difference in Montana this year. Check them out below:

Missoula Area

Watson Children's Shelter VISTA
Located in Missoula, MT.
The goal of this VISTA project is to increase access to the wraparound services for abused and neglected Montana children and low-income, at-risk Montana families by developing a sustainable donor and philanthropic base to grow the reach and impact of WCS services. This VISTA project will move low-income, underserved Montana families out of poverty by developing planned giving, forging new community partners, and creating strategic donor communications, which will increase access to wraparound services for abused and neglected Montana children and at-risk Montana families.

Mountain Home Montana VISTA
Located in Missoula, MT.
The overall goal of this project is to connect families with fundamental basic resources so they can have the capacity to invest their limited financial means to improving their family’s health, stability, and outcomes. This VISTA project will move low-income families out of poverty by connecting them with zero to low-cost essential resources so that they focus their financial investments on housing, employment, education, and healthcare access.

Bozeman Area

Bozeman HRDC: Continuum of Care VISTA
Located in Bozeman, MT.
The goal of this project is to build up the continuum of care network in Gallatin County to provide cohesive, wraparound services for the most vulnerable residents. This VISTA project will move Bozeman area residents experience homelessness out of poverty by developing supportive networks of people and partner organizations in the community who come together to move these residents into economic stability.

Bozeman HRDC: Emergency Shelter VISTA
Located in Bozeman, MT.
The goal of this project is to reinvigorate the emergency shelter volunteer program and equip volunteers with the skills and training necessary to be as supportive as possible to guests in the shelter. This VISTA project will move Bozeman area residents experience homelessness out of poverty by developing supportive networks of people and partner organizations in the community who come together to move these residents into economic stability.

Gallatin City-County Health Department VISTA
Located in Bozeman, MT.
The purpose of this VISTA project will be to build capacity within the public health system of Gallatin County by developing and implementing system improvements, community collaborations, and strategies that contribute to the ongoing community health improvement process. This VISTA project will move Gallatin County residents out of poverty by developing and implementing health improvement strategies resulting in sustainable public health programs that reduce health disparities, ensure health equality, and improve health outcomes.

Farm to School of Park County VISTA
Located in Livingston, MT.
This project will increase access to nutritious food resources by developing systems to increase the effectiveness and reach of Farm to School programming in Park County public schools. This VISTA project will move Park County families out of poverty by developing systems for nutrition education, resulting in increased access to nutritious food which has lasting health effects, thereby decreasing economic strain on families facing health challenges. 

Billings Area

Family Support Network VISTA
Located in Billings, MT.
The overall goal of this project is to improve mental health and reduce poverty of low-income families by building a strong volunteer program to increase the accessibility of services. This VISTA project will move families involved in the Children’s Protection system out of poverty by increasing access to services resulting in strong families and financial independence.

Helena Area

Southwest Montana Youth Partners VISTA
Located in Boulder, MT.
The overall goal of this VISTA project is to increase K-12 school readiness for at-risk youth in southwest Montana by increasing the scale and reach of Southwest Montana Youth Partners’ youth leadership program and early childhood care infrastructure. This VISTA project will move the wider Boulder area out of poverty by creating and implementing a strategic plan specifically for the Youth Leadership Program and the early childcare project’s future, resulting in SMYP’s ability to support youth and families in southwest Montana. 

Dillon Area

Vibrant Lives VISTA
Located in Dillon, MT.
The overall goal of this project is to increase access to mental health care resources for Beaverhead County residents by developing the mental health and wellness programming at Vibrant Lives to be more effective and accessible to the community. This VISTA project will help move Beaverhead County residents out of poverty by increasing access to mental health and community programming that will help residents develop the skills they need to enhance their mental health.


Visit the  My AmeriCorps website to view our available positions and apply online. 

You can find our projects by using the search criteria: Program Type: VISTA, State: Montana, Program Name: MCVP. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interviews and offers are made on a rolling basis from March 1 through June 14.


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