Are you interested in serving a year as a GHCC-Sponsored VISTA member? We’re recruiting now for our 2014-2015 cohort! Please read below for information about how to apply and to see what positions are available.
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.
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. Upon completing the application in the portal (which may 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.
- Afterschool Robotics Coordinator at the Center for Educational Outreach (part of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD: Help middle and high school kids explore science and engineering with robots! Join AmeriCorps*VISTA and help Baltimore City achieve more.
- Baltimarket Neighborhood Food Advocates Organizer at the Baltimore City Health Department in Baltimore, MD: Do you believe everyone deserves equal access to healthy and nutritious food? If so, then join the Baltimore City Health Department’s Baltimarket program and make a difference in Baltimore City!
- Client and Alumni Associate at Maryland New Directions (MND) in Baltimore, MD: Help low-income job seekers succeed by improving their connections to each other, potential employers and Maryland New Directions!
- Elementary School STEM Program Associate at the Center for Educational Outreach (part of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD: Many of the fastest growing jobs in the US need at least a basic understanding of math and science. Inspire future mathematicians and scientists at a young age through afterschool STEM activities!
- Farmers Market Incentives Development Associate at Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, MD: It’s hard eating healthy on a budget. Make healthy food choices easier for families in need by sustaining the Fresh Checks financial incentive program at the Crossroads Farmers Market!
- Financial Education Coordinator at St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center in Baltimore, MD: While the financial crisis may be improving in some areas, the people of Baltimore City are still struggling. Empower residents to improve their financial situations by expanding educational services!
- Head Start and Elementary School Coordinator with Enterprise Community Partners in Baltimore, MD: Pre-school education can change the trajectory of children – lifting them from poverty to a life of better outcomes. Join Enterprise Community Partners and make a difference!
- Healthy Families Initiative Coordinator at Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) in Frederick, MD: Improve healthy food options by joining HACF’s effort to empower low-income families. Develop community partnerships to assist families as they grow, cook, and budget food from a community garden.
- Health Impact Assessment Capacity Builder at Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) in Baltimore, MD: Health and well-being are affected by more than just medicine and health care. Join BCHD to promote health equity by building capacity to determine the health impacts of major projects in the City!
- Live, Learn and Lead Academy Coordinator at the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) in Montgomery County, MD: Youth transitioning out of foster care completely lack the tools and skills necessary to find success. Make the decision to be the guiding light they so desperately need. Join C.A.S.E.!
- Microenterprise and Community Kitchen Program Coordinator at Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, MD: Create innovative economic opportunities for low-income residents by launching a local food microenterprise training program at a new community kitchen.
- Montgomery County Program Expansion Coordinator at Arts on the Block in Montgomery County, MD: Expand Arts on the Block’s model of youth empowerment through art and design to provide solutions within a low-income Montgomery County community.
- Project Impact Assessment Specialist with Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, MD: Leverage your passion for urban planning to make a difference in low-income communities! Join the Neighborhood Design Center and investigate and evaluate their impressive body of work.
- Project LIFTT Associate at the the Alliance for Community, Teachers and Schools in Baltimore, MD: LIFTT schools to success! Develop teams of parents and teachers in Baltimore’s public schools to transform school culture and improve student achievement. Project LIFTT shifts power dynamics through leadership development and collaboration.
- Recruitment and Operations Coordinator at Code in the Schools in Baltimore, MD: The youth of Baltimore city are critically underserved. Code in the Schools seeks a special individual with the skills and passion required to brighten these children’s futures. Are you that person?
- Workforce and Training Coordinator at the Youth Empowered Society’s (YES) Drop-In Center in Baltimore, MD: YES’s innovative program model is based on trusting partnerships between youth with experiences of homelessness and allied staff with complimentary educational/life experiences. Consider joining us today!
2014-15 GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one calendar year, starting July 25, 2014 and ending July 24, 2015. 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 (July 21-24; 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 Seven Corners Health Benefits Plan (supplemental to health insurance), to apply for SNAP (food stamps), childcare assistance, and other benefits if eligible. GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs also receive a monthly transportation and cell phone stipend of $55.
GHCC provides an orientation at the start of the term 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 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 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.