Now Accepting Applications for VISTA Host Sites
05 FEB 2017

Now Accepting Applications for Host Sites for OneStar

Foundation’s AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project!

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OneStar Foundation is currently accepting applications for host sites for its AmeriCorps VISTA Statewide Intermediary Project for 2017-2018. AmeriCorps VISTA is a highly professional and rigorous volunteer service program, administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), through which national service members serve with organizations full-time for one year. VISTA projects focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure to help more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  The VISTA program places members at sponsoring organizations that absorb the majority of costs related to project supervision and logistical support. VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and benefits, including an end of service stipend or education award. Investment by the sponsoring organization and the community is fundamental to the project, as the VISTA resources are intended to be short-term.

To achieve its program purpose, AmeriCorps VISTA operates under the following core principles.

  • Anti-Poverty Focus
    The purpose of AmeriCorps VISTA is to support efforts to fight poverty.  The VISTA project should address helping individuals and communities out of poverty, not simply making poverty more tolerable through short-term services.
     
  • Community Empowerment 
    Sponsoring organizations must ensure that the VISTA project engages the beneficiary community in planning, developing and implementing the project.  The project must be responsive and relevant to the needs of the community, and should tap into inherent community assets, strengths, and resources.
     
  • Sustainable Solutions  
    VISTA members provide short-term, human resources to build long-term sustainability of anti-poverty programs.  All projects should be developed with the goal to phase out the need for VISTA members and to strengthen the ability of the project to continue indefinitely.
     
  • Capacity Building 
    VISTA members do not provide direct services to individuals; rather, they work to increase the capacity of organizations to fight poverty.  Through activities such as community outreach,establishment of volunteer recruitment and management systems, fundraising, and collaboration development, VISTA members mobilize local resources to build lasting solutions to poverty.

What Types of Organizations Can Apply?

- Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations

- Local, state, or federal agencies

- Or any combination of the above!

All VISTA applications should be responsive to organizational need and clearly express the organization’s ability to manage a VISTA member. We encourage organizations to create project plans that are three years in scope, assuming the first year will be building infrastructure, the second testing and documenting program success, and the third sustainability development and transition planning. Each organization’s project will be evaluated individually. Project applications should reflect your organization's unique culture and opportunities. 

You may apply to sponsor a VISTA member at your organization at any time; we accept applications on a rolling basis all year long. However, due to national VISTA training requirements, members are only able to start at times when a national VISTA Pre-Service Orientation is scheduled.

TO APPLY:

Please review the Cost Share Partnership Overview and AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site Application Instructions.

After reviewing, complete the OneStar VISTA Host Site Application and Proposed VISTA Assignment Description and submit to glenn@onestarfoundation.org prior to the recommended application deadline.

For more information, contact:

Glenn Goodrich

Program Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA

OneStar Foundation

glenn@onestarfoundation.org

(512) 287-2015

 

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