Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) is currently seeking applications from groups interested in hosting a full-time VISTA volunteer as part of our 2014 – 2015 AmeriCorps VISTA Project.
Organizations wishing to participate in this project must first apply by submitting a proposal. These submissions will be due on Thursday, January 23, no later than 9:00 AM. Please download the Request for Concept Papers, which provides detailed instructions for how to complete the proposal. Interested agencies are also encouraged to evaluate the 2014 VISTA Program Guidance document for detailed information about the types of projects that VISTAs are intended to complete.
For more than two decades, GHCC has been a proud sponsor of the AmeriCorps VISTA program and we are pleased to invite non-profits, community organizations, and government agencies to take part in this wonderful national service opportunity.
Please feel free to contact Director of Partnerships and Business Services and AmeriCorps* VISTA Supervisor Tyson Smith (email@example.com) with questions.
We are recruiting now!
Read below for what positions are available and how to apply.
Parent Engagement Organizer
Site: GHCC-Neighborhood Programs in Baltimore, MD
Passionate about improving education? Make a difference by empowering parents to become involved as leaders and advocates for their neighborhood schools! PLEASE NOTE: Former/current VISTAs who have attended a PSO within the past 4 years will receive priority for an early December start date. All other applicants will be considered for a February start date following PSO.
How to Apply
All interested applicants first must complete an online myAmeriCorps application. Go to my.americorps.gov and click “apply to serve” to begin your application today. Upon completing the application in the portal (which should take 1-3 hours), please apply to the open position(s) below that interests you. Qualifying applicants will be contacted by both GHCC staff and the service site for interviews before final decisions are made. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 13, and offers will be made by December 20.
2013-14 GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one year. All of the VISTA positions require full time service, 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 (February dates and location TBA). All lodging and transportation costs to and from PSO will be covered by CNCS.
VISTAs receive a living allowance set at 105% of the poverty line for the city in which they will be serving. They have the opportunity to enroll in the VISTA Health Benefits Program, to apply for SNAP (food stamps), childcare assistance, and other benefits if eligible. GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs will also receive a monthly transportation and cell phone stipend.
GHCC provides a local orientation and regularly scheduled professional development meetings tailored to the VISTA cohort throughout the year in collaboration with our network of partners. Training topics have included volunteer management, sustainable project planning, grant writing and reporting, effective communication, and community organizing, among others.
If relocating more than 50 miles to serve, CNCS will cover certain relocation costs. Additionally, GHCC will assist with finding affordable housing near the VISTA’s service site.
Finally, on completion of their year of service, VISTAs can choose to receive either an Education Award of $5,550 or End of Service 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 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 visit: http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp
All applicants are required to 1) fill out an online application with CNCS and, if selected, 2) 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.
Applicants may contact the VISTA Leaders, Allison Wilhite (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-387-0088) and Tom Pfeifer (email@example.com or 410-261-3618), to ask questions about the application process and GHCC’s VISTA program. Please do not send cover letters or resumes unless requested; only online applications will be considered.