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 $4,500* 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.
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 $4,500. 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 contact Ben Helkowski <firstname.lastname@example.org> for a template and instructions.
Yes, by contacting Ben at email@example.com