VISTA Host Sites

NC Campus Compact VISTAs fight poverty
with the power of higher education!

Founded in 1964, AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program that lets citizens make a full-time, one year commitment to alleviating poverty through the development of sustainable programs in local non-profit organizations. Participants receive a living stipend from the Corporation for National and Community Service and are eligible for an education award upon completion of their service year.

NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTAs support higher education’s mission of community engagement and the VISTA mission of fighting poverty. Started in 2003, our VISTA program places VISTA volunteers on a campus or community host site to develop sustainable connections with key community partners serving people in need.

We are now accepting 2015-16 Host Site Applications. Application Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

Download Application Materials Below.

RESOURCES FOR CURRENT SUPERVISORS

2015-16 Host Site Application Information

Timeline:

January 9 - 2014-15 Host Site Application released
January 23 - Optional: Technical assistance call for Host Site Applicants (1 PM)
February 20 - Deadline: Proposals from New and Continuing Host Sites
March 6 - Host Sites notified of VISTA placement, candidate recruitment begins
May 1 - Signed Memorandum of Agreement due
June 3 - (Tent.): Required (New) VISTA Supervisors Orientation, Elon, NC
June 5 - Deadline: Host Sites select VISTA candidate(s)
July 1 - Administrative fee due
Aug. 3-6 - New VISTAs attend CNCS Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) in Atlanta, GA
Aug. 7 (Friday) - New VISTAs arrive on site, first day of service

VISTA Orientation Schedule

Aug. 11 - 1 PM Required Webinar/Call: Elevator Speech, Time Management, Theory of Change
Aug. 18 - 1 PM Required Webinar/Call: Community Entry, Asset Inventory
Aug. 27-28 - Required VISTA Member Orientation, Elon, NC

The host site application and additional materials should be submitted via email to:

Chad Fogleman, NC Campus Compact Program Coordinator
Email: cfogleman2@elon.edu
Phone: 336-278-7197

If you have not already done so, new or continuing sites should submit a letter of intent to apply. The letter may be an email. The letter should:

  • state your organization’s intention to apply (or re-apply)
  • say how many VISTA positions your site would seek
  • state the project focus area(s) (healthy futures/ education/ economic opportunity)
  • briefly describe what you’d expect the 2015-16 VISTA placement(s) to accomplish, including expected campus/community partners

FAQs

What do VISTAs do?
An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves full-time (40 hours/week) for one year to develop or expand programs that fight poverty. VISTAs cannot provide direct service; instead they build the capacity of host sites and partners to better serve low-income people and address poverty-related needs.

Campus Compact VISTAs build a campus/community partnership by taking on different capacity-building activities such as: recruiting or training volunteers, writing grants and soliciting donations, creating publicity and outreach materials, conducting needs assessments and asset profiles, establishing sustainable systems and structures. The specific activities of the VISTA depend on the particular goal and objectives of the project site.

Who can apply to host a VISTA?
NC Campus Compact member campuses may apply with a community partner OR community-based organizations may apply with a member campus partner. VISTAs should spend time on-site regularly with both partners. Strong preferences is given to continuing sites. We expect few new placements will be available.

If our site currently hosts a VISTA, do we need to re-apply?
If your site currently hosts a Campus Compact VISTA, you must complete the continuation application, including a new VAD. 

What kinds of projects will NC Campus Compact support?
Applicants must propose a project that builds a campus/community partnership to address ONE of the following focus areas:

  1. Economic Opportunity – projects that provide housing or financial literacy services to low-income people.
  2. Education - projects that advance K-12 success for at-risk students through mentoring, academic support, or whole-school partnerships.
  3. Healthy Futures - projects that improve access to nutritious food for low-income individuals and communities.

VISTAs may also organize events for national days of service, including MLK Day of Service.

How long is a VISTA project?
VISTA projects typically span 3 years. In years 2 & 3, host sites may submit a continuation application. At the end of year 3, the VISTA resource will be phased out, or the host site may submit a new application proposing a different project. Receiving a VISTA in any year does not oblige a host site to seek a VISTA in subsequent years, nor does granting a VISTA in any year oblige Campus Compact to award a VISTA placement in future years.

How long can a VISTA member serve?
NC Campus Compact VISTAs serve a one-year term that runs August - August. Members may re-enroll as a VISTA (at the same or different host site) for up to 5 years, but may only take 2 education awards.

How much does it cost to host a VISTA?
To support a VISTA placement, the host site must:

  • Designate a site supervisor to oversee and advise the VISTA, attend supervisor trainings, conduct weekly progress meetings with the VISTA, and complete evaluations
  • Provide a small budget for VISTA’s work-related travel, transportation, and professional development
  • Provide office space, computer & phone access, and office supplies
  • Pay administrative/ cost share fee to NC Campus Compact: $4500 per member placement
  • Optional: provide housing or meal support to VISTA

VISTAs receive a living stipend from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which may also pay relocation expenses. NC Campus Compact provides candidate recruitment services and training and networking opportunities for in-service VISTAs.

Technical Assistance Calls

These calls are for VISTA Host Site Applicants preparing the 2015-16 host site proposal. We will review the host site application and offer resources and guidance for completing the proposal. The session will include an online meeting and simultaneous conference call. Campus and community host site applicants and partners are invited to join.

Our first call will be Friday, January 23 at 1 PM. You must register by 10 AM on Jan. 23 to receive call-in/log-in info. Access the registration form here.

Application Materials and Resources

For more information about hosting an NC Campus Compact VISTA, contact Chad Fogleman, Program Coordinator, 336-278-7197.