Volunteer Iowa VISTA Project Host Site Application 2022-2023

Date: 
09/15/2022
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Instructions

Thank you for your interest in AmeriCorps VISTA. Application deadlines are based on VISTA member start dates which are pre-determined by the federal agency, AmeriCorps. Host Sites may select their project start date that best fits their needs. Please see the VISTA Host Site Guidance for additional information on available VISTA start dates.

Interested applicants are encouraged to set up a consultation to discuss the VISTA program, proposed project ideas, and timeline. Once the application is complete, submit to Julie Struck, Volunteer Iowa VISTA Program Officer, at julie.struck@volunteeriowa.org.

This application is for new VISTA project host sites only. For host sites that are renewing for a 2nd or 3rd year there is a project continuation form that needs to be completed.

Questions? Contact Julie Struck via email or call 515-348-6238.

About AmeriCorps VISTA
Core Principles of AmeriCorps VISTA
Projects must be developed in accordance with AmeriCorps VISTA’s core principles: an anti-poverty focus; community empowerment; sustainable solutions; and capacity building.

  1. Anti-Poverty Focus
    The statutory purpose of AmeriCorps VISTA is to strengthen and support efforts to eliminate poverty.Each VISTA project should focus on empowering individuals to emerge from poverty, not simply make poverty more tolerable. VISTA projects should focus on long-term solutions rather than short-term services.
  2. Community Empowerment
    Prospective and current AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsors must engage low-income community members in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the project. Each project must be responsive and relevant to the lives of community residents, and tap into inherent community assets,strengths, and resources.
  3. Sustainable Solutions
    Congress has directed AmeriCorps VISTA to serve as short-term resources that serve to build the long-term sustainability of anti-poverty programs. Projects should be developed with a goal to phase out the need for VISTAs within three years and have the project continue without them.
  4. Capacity Building
    VISTAs create systems that remain long after their term of service ends. VISTA projects expand the scale,impact, and resource-leveraging ability of programs and organizations that work to eliminate poverty.
    Our members strengthen sponsors by building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, securing long-term resources, coordinating training for participants, and more, as determined by local needs.
    VISTAs focus on capacity-building activities. On occasion, they may perform limited direct service activities if such activities are incidental to the activities required under their VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) duties, a part of a term-limited special initiative, or a necessary part of VISTA training activities.
    VISTAs are not staff members or employees of the sponsoring organizations to which they are assigned.VISTAs may not engage in activities at sponsoring organizations that would displace or supplant paid staff, contractors, or existing volunteers. These prohibitions against displacement and supplantation include activities related to the application and management of other AmeriCorps grants and programs.

PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION

Organization Name and Mailing Address
Area to be served by the VISTA
(list the specific city, county, or region)
Title for the AmeriCorps VISTA Position
(must include the phrase, “VISTA”)
Host site organization type (choose one):
Designated 501(c)3 organization
Public Sector - City
Public Sector - County
Public Sector - State
Host site EIN number:
Is your organization a certified Service Enterprise? (For additional information about the Service Enterprise Initiative visit https://www.volunteeriowa.org/SEI)
Which of the VISTA *Priorities most closely aligns
with your project goals?
*A description of these priority areas can be found in the applicant
guidance.
Economic Development
Healthy Futures
Education
Veteran and Military Families
Host site contact (will serve as contact with Volunteer Iowa during application process)
Phone
Email
Host Site Supervisor contact (will serve as contact with Volunteer Iowa if a position is awarded)
Phone
Email
Host site is able to contribute cost share funding of at least $4000 per member. If host site can contribute more, please indicate amount; if host site can’t contribute the full cost share, please indicate an amount that can be. (Awarding priority will be given to organizations able to provide cost share funding) Yes No

PART TWO: COMMUNITY NEED AND PROJECT GOALS

AmeriCorps VISTA members provide indirect, capacity-building service to improve your agency’s ability to accomplish your mission and thereby reduce poverty. Indirect service can take many forms, such as efforts to secure additional funding, create a community volunteer program, develop new outreach materials or curricula, or improve client intake and service systems. Complete the following sections in their entirety.

Community need statement: Explain the community’s specific poverty-related need to be addressed. Include the following information: Describe the need in measurable terms. Include relevant characteristics of the community, including the number of low-income people directly affected by the identified problem or unmet need. Cite a reliable source that documents the need in the area being served. Briefly explain the organizations capacity to address the need. The suggested length of this statement is 3-6 sentences.

Goal statement: Include the following: Describe who (population) will be served by the VISTA, describe what the VISTA will do using verbs (develop, implement), describe how poverty is addressed by VISTA efforts (breaking the cycle of poverty by…), state the specific self-sustaining product or service resulting from the VISTA efforts (volunteer systems, partnerships, funding), and if applicable describe how resources will be used (VISTA will write grants to support…). The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.

Sustainability: Describe in measurable terms the anticipated sustainability of results at the conclusion of the project. The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.

Planning: Indicate the involvement of beneficiaries (as an advisory group) in project development and implementation throughout the life of the project. The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.
Volunteer Management: Indicate the role of the VISTA member in developing or enhancing the ability of the organization or partner organization(s) to implement effective volunteer management best practices and/or engage volunteers in meaningful service. The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.

Service experience and training: Please address how your organization will ensure a meaningful service experience for the AmeriCorps VISTA member. What training opportunities will you offer the member? How will you integrate the VISTA member into your organization and community? The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.

Volunteer Management: Indicate the role of the VISTA member in developing or enhancing the ability of the organization or partner organization(s) to implement effective volunteer management best practices and/or engage volunteers in meaningful service. The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.

Service experience and training: Please address how your organization will ensure a meaningful service experience for the AmeriCorps VISTA member. What training opportunities will you offer the member? How will you integrate the VISTA member into your organization and community? The suggested length of this statement is 1-3 sentences.

Monitoring: Please address how your AmeriCorps VISTA member will be supervised on-site, how you will monitor the VISTA member’s progress toward the targets identified in the VAD, and your ability to complete and submit reports in a timely fashion. The suggested length of this statement is 3-4 sentences.

PART THREE: CONNECTION TO VOLUNTEER IOWA & NATIONAL SERVICE

Connection to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service mission, vision, and objectives: (Reference www.volunteeriowa.org. Describe in two to four sentences how the proposed AmeriCorps VISTA project relates to the VOLUNTEER IOWA mission, vision, and goals for service in Iowa.)

Does your service site have any other relationships to the VOLUNTEER IOWA? If yes, please describe: Examples may include staff member serves on the Commission, staff serve on planning committee for Iowa Nonprofit Summit, agency hosts another program or grant awarded through the VOLUNTEER IOWA, etc.

Other AmeriCorps programming at your site: Are there other AmeriCorps members serving at your site? If yes, please share what you know about their service, such as what branch of AmeriCorps and what program. How will the AmeriCorps VISTA’s duties relate to the existing members’ service activities?

Other national service programming at your site: Are there other national service programs at your site (i.e. Senior Corps, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, Volunteer Generation Fund)? If so, how will the AmeriCorps VISTA activities complement the other national service programming?

VISTA Assignment Description (VAD)

Title
Sponsoring Organization
Project Name
Project Period
Site Name
Focus Area(s)
VISTA Assignment Objectives & Member Activities
EXAMPLE:
Project
Goal
The Grinnell Education Partnership is a “collective impact” project that aims to help local organizations
develop, align, and sustain high-impact initiatives and equitable systems to better support low-income
students and families. Selected VISTA Member will foster community-wide connections, so ALL Grinnell
area kids and families have access to resources and educational opportunities.
EXAMPLE:
Objective
TRAINING. Become familiar with the Grinnell Education Partnership program objectives, history,
stakeholder opportunities, and challenges through general and specific training to prepare for
responsibilities. Timeframe: This learning process will take place during week 1 and 2 of the service term.
EXAMPLE:
Member
Activities
Go through Grinnell Education Partnership orientation:
1. Get introduced to Grinnell Education Partnership stakeholders and their roles.
2. Learn about the background on Grinnell Education Partnership in the previous years.
3. Receive training on the worksheet for long-and short-term Grinnell Education Partnership action
plans.
4. Participate in other site-specific training.

Project Goal
Objective 1
Member
Activities

Objective 2
Member
Activities

Objective 3
Member
Activities

Objective 4
Member
Activities

Objective 5
Member
Activities

VISTA POSITION LISTING FORM

VISTA Project Name
VISTA Project Period
Contact Name
Address (city, state, zip)
Contact Phone
Email
Website

Describe your VISTA Project. Be descriptive and highlight the benefits and opportunities to maximize interest from potential VISTA candidates. The information provided will be used to create a national recruitment post on MyAmeriCorps.

Give a brief tagline for the VISTA position to draw in readers (200 characters or less)
Enter your VISTA Project description (2000 characters or less)

Answer the following questions:
Yes No
Is housing assistance provided?
Does the VISTA need their own transportation?
Is there a language requirement other than English?
Education Requirement - Enter Education Requirement (HS diploma, some college, associate, bachelor, or graduate degree)
Is this position eligible to teleserve? (teleserve = serve remotely up to full-time) If so, what percentage of time will VISTA be allowed to serve remotely?
Do you require the VISTA to live in the community you serve?
Is your organization willing to provide any additional financial or in-kind supplemental benefits for the VISTA member?

What skills does host site desire in an ideal VISTA member? These would be the skills they already possess prior to becoming a member. Place a check mark in all areas that are desired.
Counseling
Architectural Planning
Business/Entrepreneur
Communications Trade/Construction
Community Organization
Computers/Technology
Conflict Resolution
Education
Fine Arts/Crafts
First Aid
Fundraising/Grant Writing
Law
Leadership
Medicine
Public Health
Public Speaking
Recruitment
Teaching/Tutoring
Writing/Editing
Youth Development
General Skills
Environment
Nonprofit Management
Social Services
Urban Planning
Disaster Services
Veterans
Teamwork

What will the VISTA member do? Use descriptive, captivating statements to describe VISTA activities (1000 characters or less)

Indicate the field of service areas in which the member(s) will serve. *Select all that will apply
Community and Economic Development
Community Outreach
Children/Youth
Disaster Relief
Education
Entrepreneur/Business
Elder Care Housing
Ex-Offender Reentry
Environment
Health
Hunger
Homelessness
Housing
Homeland Security
Neighborhood Revitalization
Public Safety
Technology
Tribal
Veterans

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