AmeriCorps VISTA Project

Impact of AmeriCorps VISTA in Ohio

OCDCA welcomes organizations to apply to become a Summer Associate VISTA sub-site. Organizations must be current, good standing members to submit an application to become a sub-site to the OCDCA VISTA Project to begin June 2019. 

Applications are due by 5 PM EST on February 13, 2019.

Need technical assistance?

Join us for a webinar on January 29th “What is the OCDCA VISTA Summer Associate? This webinar will provide an overview of the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program. 

Funding, which has yet to be secured, for the OCDCA VISTA Summer Associate Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF).

Summer Associates are given permission to provide direct service, thus they can be a great resource for an organization that is trying to get a new summer day camp up and running, working on gardening projects, delivering new programs over the summer, and otherwise supplementing the work of year-long VISTA Members.  OCDCA is excited to offer this opportunity to our members who, if selected, would become a Summer Associate sub-site to the OCDCA VISTA Project. Note you are not required to currently have a VISTA Member placed at your site to participate in the VISTA Summer Associates program. However, at least one of the OCDCA VISTA Project Goals, outlined below, must be met in order to be considered for Summer Associates.
 
If your organization is interested in becoming a sub-site of the Summer Associate OCDCA VISTA Project, please complete the RFP by 5 PM February 13, 2019.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Alana Perez at aperez@ohiocdc.org or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 204.

AmeriCorps VISTAs gather at the 2018 Ohio CDC Association conference.

AmeriCorps VISTAs gather at the 2018 Ohio CDC Association conference.

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 Alana Perez at (614) 461-6392, ext. 204.