Become an AmeriCorps VISTA

2013-14 VISTA Cohort

Open VISTA Positions
We are currently recruiting for the 2015-2016 GHCC VISTA Cohort!  Our positions will be posted below as they become available.  Applications are due by May 8, 2015.

GHCC is currently recruiting for the following positions to begin July 2015:

  • Abbottston Elementary School — Parents as Partners Coordinator: A VISTA volunteer will be able to take strong beginnings of parent involvement to develop into a sustainable parent involvement program. This project will provide opportunities for parents to become advocates for the school, improve the quality of life in the neighborhood, and increase their belief in a positive future. For more information, please contact Lily Ross. APPLY HERE
  • Code in the Schools — “The Prodigy Program” Program Coordinator: This project will build a pipeline that takes low opportunity BCPSS students from their junior year of high school, trains them in the latest computing technology, and places them in competitive internships with local employers that, upon graduation, will lead to jobs in one of the nation’s highest paying, and fastest growing occupational fields. For more information, please contact Lily Ross. APPLY HERE
  • Family League of Baltimore — Baby Basics Program Coordinator: Want to combat poverty by connecting young families in Baltimore with the prenatal resources they need? Improve birth outcomes in Baltimore as a Baby Basics VISTA with The Family League of Baltimore! Improve the program model and capacity as the backbone organization. For more information, please contact Lee Domeika. APPLY HERE
  • Gather Baltimore — Community Outreach Coordinator: Gather Baltimore collects unsold vegetables, fruit, and bread  for redistribution to local meal programs, faith communities, and others in need.Support critical operational needs for the 2015-2016 year through fundraising support, program implementation, and outreach to the communities we are trying to target. For more information, please contact Lee Domeika. APPLY HERE
  • JHU Center for Educational Outreach — Robotics Coordinator: Create sustainable community robotics programs for Baltimore City Public School children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and help the Baltimore City Public School System with its VEX robotics programs by creating infrastructure to support its growth. For more information, please contact Lily Ross. APPLY HERE
  • My Sister’s Circle — Program Coordinator: For the past 14 years, My Sister’s Circle has connected at-risk girls in Baltimore with positive role models, provided new and enriching opportunities and, ultimately, improved the quality of life of more than 130 young women. Support MSC in year-two of its after-school pilot program at Henderson-Hopkins Elementary/Middle School. This will include implementing a new curriculum for seventh grade girls and implementing and revising, when necessary, the current sixth grade curriculum. For more information, please contact Lily Ross. APPLY HERE
  • St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center — Financial Education Coordinator: St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center’s mission is to create, preserve, and maintain equal housing opportunities for low-income residents in Baltimore City, as well as encouraging and supporting strong and diverse neighborhoods. Assist with the ongoing effort of expanding and perfecting a financial education curriculum.develop new methods of tracking and analyzing data, evaluating success, and presenting program data that can attract new funding opportunities. For more information, please contact Lee Domeika. APPLY HERE

About Our Program
For more than two decades, GHCC has been a proud sponsor of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. GHCC sponsors a diverse selection of projects that build and strengthen vibrant urban communities throughout Baltimore City and across Maryland.

Our members develop K-12, college, and career opportunities for at-risk youth, create access to healthy options through community organizing and gardening, improve programming that empowers refugees and the homeless, and much more.

To learn about GHCC’s VISTA Cohort and the current VISTA projects, click here.

How to Apply to be a VISTA Member
All interested applicants must complete an online myAmeriCorps application. Go to my.americorps.gov and click “apply to serve” to register and begin your application. A complete application requires 2 references, so be sure to request those early. Please do not send cover letters or resumes unless requested; only online applications will be considered.  Qualifying applicants will be contacted by both GHCC staff and the service site for interviews before final decisions are made.

Schedule
2015-16 GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one calendar year. All of the VISTA positions require full time dedication, often with responsibilities in the evening and on weekends. Note: Per the policy of CNCS, VISTAs cannot engage in paid work during their year of service.

VISTAs are required to attend a mandatory Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) prior to beginning their year of service. All lodging and travel costs to and from PSO will be covered by CNCS.

Benefits
VISTAs receive a living allowance set at 105% of the poverty line for the city in which they will be serving.  In addition, GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs receive a cell phone stipend and monthly transportation reimbursement.

VISTAs also have the opportunity to enroll in an AmeriCorps Health Benefits Plan (supplemental to health insurance), to apply for SNAP (food stamps), childcare assistance, and other benefits if eligible.

GHCC provides an orientation at the start of the term and monthly in-service training tailored to the VISTA cohort. Training topics have included volunteer management, sustainable project planning, grant writing and reporting, effective communication, and community organizing, among others. Our in-service training, called Professional Development Meetings, are an opportunity for team-building and resource sharing among our VISTA members and are often described as a highlight of their service experience through GHCC.

If relocating more than 50 miles to serve, the VISTA will be considered to receive a travel allowance depending on the distance (not to exceed $1,000) and settling-in allowance (not to exceed $550).

Finally, upon successful completion of the term, VISTAs choose to receive either an Education Award of $5,550 or Cash Stipend of $1,500. The Education Award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed student loan or used to pay school tuition in the future. After serving, VISTAs have one year of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.

For detailed information about AmeriCorps*VISTA, including member benefits, please click here.

Requirements
All applicants are required to fill out an online application with CNCS and, if selected, provide proof of age, social security number, and citizenship. All selected candidates are required to complete a federal criminal background check and child abuse clearance before beginning service.

Questions
Contact the VISTA Leaders, Lee Domeika and Lily Ross, to ask questions about the application process and GHCC’s VISTA program.