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, improve access to healthy foods through community organizing and gardening, build capacity for organizations serving refugees and the homeless, and more. Click here to learn where our 2013-14 VISTA cohort serves and what our members do.
Are you interested in serving a year as a GHCC-Sponsored VISTA member? Our next recruitment round will begin in April 2014 for positions that will start in July 2014. Please check back in April to apply to our 2014-15 VISTA cohort. In the mean time, we recommend you begin an AmeriCorps application or contact a VISTA Leader to learn more about the GHCC-Sponsored VISTA experience.
How to Apply to be a VISTA Member
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.
2014-15 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 (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 an orientation and monthly in-service training tailored to the VISTA cohort 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. Our in-service training, called Professional Development Meetings (PDMs), 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, 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.