AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Impact of AmeriCorps VISTA in Ohio

2017 RCDI Recipient VISTA Opportunity

OCDCA welcomes current, good standing rural members to apply for an AmeriCorps VISTA to begin in November 2017. Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Community Development Improvement (RCDI) grant funds. 

Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process and this RFP is for organizations listed on the 2016 OCDCA RCDI grant. Applications are due Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5 pm. If your organization is interested in becoming a sub-site of the OCDCA VISTA Project (and is an OCDCA 2016 RCDI Recipient), please complete the RFP and submit by August 14, 2017 at 5 pm.

Download the RFP. View the RFP instructions. 

About the Program

The Ohio CDC Association VISTA Project, created in 1995 as a partnership between the Ohio CDC Association and the Corporation for National and Community Service, places VISTA Members every June or July at OCDCA member organizations throughout the state.

VISTA Members are full-time volunteers that serve at a non-profit organization and focus their efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity for organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, strengthen community groups, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

VISTA Members develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. They do not provide direct service, which is defined as the act of providing services to the identified clients of a program.

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Limited VISTA slots are available; some slots will be reserved for housing only initiatives. Sub-site sponsors will be responsible for meeting quarterly reporting requirements and completing monthly timesheets.

Ohio CDC Association currently has two types of VISTA slots available: Cost-Share and Standard. Cost-Share VISTA Members specifically develop and create homeownership education and counseling programs, foreclosure prevention programs, home improvement and home repair programs, IDA homeownership programs, affordable housing, and activities to address vacant and abandoned properties. Funding for the Cost-Share VISTA Members comes from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF). Standard VISTA members can focus on a range of activities that build capacity through the creation or expansion of programs that are designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

If you are interested in being a VISTA sub-site with Ohio CDC Association please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392, ext. 209.

2016-17 Members

Falon Allen
Caitlin Bothwell
Beth Combs
Patrick Creedon
Brady Gasser
Allison Hall
Suad Hashi
Nora Hoffert
Bridget Holmes
Kristian Hunter
Sidney Jasper
Jonna Johnson
Caitlin Joseph
Song Kim
Fern Lajambe
Nicole Liatos
Valerie Lightner
Joseph Linksy
Erin Phillips
Sheiron Sanchez
Jonathan Schmitt
Caitlin Sheban
Casey Taylor
Julie Wayman
Liz Weiler
Lindsay Wheeler