What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a federally funded program that places members in community based agencies, full-time for one year, to help implement goals and objectives identified by the community and sponsoring agency. The role of the VISTA in the poverty problem-solving process is focused on mobilizing human and other resources to increase the capacity of low- income communities. VISTA members do not provide direct service. Direct service can mean working directly with clients, manual labor, administrative tasks not created by the member, etc. VISTAs are system builders that involve local communities and organizations in the planning and implementation of strategies and programs.
The goal is for the community to operate and sustain the strategies and programs beyond the VISTA Service Member. VISTA members may be particularly helpful with building capacity through solicitation of donations (cash and in-kind), recruitment and mobilization of volunteers engaged in the fight against poverty. In addition, VISTA members can provide research, development, and implementation of innovative anti-poverty programs.
Who can apply as a Subsite?
Communities of Transformation (COT) is looking for non-profits with current 501(c)(3) status in Alabama to host one or more full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Members for one year. In order to qualify for a VISTA Member, applicants must have the capacity to provide on-site supervision, dedicated workspace, computer and any other equipment necessary to complete required tasks, and mileage reimbursement for any travel required by the site. Interested organizations must complete an application.
Eligible Subsites will demonstrate a history of the following:
• Allocating resources to poverty alleviation efforts.
• Partnering with low-income individuals/neighborhood groups.
• Commitment to community collaboration.