AmeriCorps VISTA is an anti-poverty program that provides full-time volunteers to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local governmental agencies that serve low-income communities. Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served in all 50 states and U.S. Territories in tribal, rural, suburban, and urban communities. The VISTA model is driven by communities in need. Members help others while gaining skills for their career by building capacity of the organizations they serve. Their goal is to expand the capacity of local efforts to address community challenges and to develop initiatives that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure.