Is your nonprofit organization, school, or government agency addressing poverty in northwest Pennsylvania? Do you engage residents of the low-income community in creating sustainable solutions? Read below to see if hosting a VISTA is right for you.
Our project wants every member to have a rewarding experience when they serve. Therefore, organizations must adhere to our project guidelines and policies as stated below.
Host sites must contribute $5,000* to support project administration and member development. They also must provide Lake Effect Leaders with in-kind support valued at at least $1,000.
*Contribution amount is subject to change year-to-year. For more information, contact the Project Director.
Providing VISTAs with weekly supervision and support almost always ensures a successful service year. This means site supervisors must:
Host sites must provide VISTA members with resources to perform their tasks, i.e. adequate work-space, computer, telephone, consumable supplies, etc. VISTAs must also be reimbursed for on-the-job transportation expenses.
Host sites must sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Allegheny College and the Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA Project before receiving a service member.
Host sites must also offer a VISTA position with your organization regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability.
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VISTAs focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations. They develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. Your organization defines the project in which the VISTA would work while at your site.
Local public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations, schools, and local, state, or federal agencies.
The monetary contribution to the project is $5,000. Host sites are also required to reimburse VISTAs for work-related travel and provide office space and supplies needed to complete their duties.
No. Each VISTA has a specific project assigned to them and must work towards completing those objectives.
Your organization must prepare a concept application describing the project your VISTA would work on. Please visit the top of this page to download a concept application.