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AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site Application United Way of Thurston County

Selected host sites should plan to recruit a VISTA member by June 30 to ensure they are placed for the August 17th start date. There may be an additional cohort starting later in 2020, depending on the spots allocated by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Host sites for the 2020-2021 VISTA cycle have been announced. However, we encourage agencies interested in the 2020-2021 project year to submit an application to the waitlist. Both accepted and waitlisted sites will receive priority in the review of 2021-2022 host site applications. Applications for the 2021-2022 year will be accepted through January 31, 2021.

The application does not allow you to save and continue later. We recommend saving your application materials in a separate document prior to completing the application.

Example: 98502-5010

MEMBER SERVICE SITE LOCATION INFORMATION​

Where is the physical location the VISTA will be serving daily?

Example: 98502-5010

SUPERVISOR INFORMATION

PROPOSED VISTA PROJECT INFORMATION​

Two paragraphs maximum. Briefly describe the proposed VISTA project.
Is this the first, second, or third year of the three-year VISTA cycle for this project?
Have you previously hosted a VISTA through United Way of Thurston County?
How does this project build upon or differ from previous projects?

ORGANIZATIONAL CA​PACITY

How will the VISTA supervisor(s) support and retain the VISTA member and ensure they successfully complete their term of service? How will you integrate the VISTA member into your organization's team?
What strategies will your organization use to ensure that your program successfully recruits a VISTA member?
In your own words, how would you describe the VISTA program to an applicant?
How will you ensure that the VISTA is not involved in direct service activities or activities not included in the VISTA Assignment Description (VAD)?
Sites are responsible for reimbursing VISTAs for service-related travel, or for providing other means of transportation as needed to accomplish the assignment. Is your organization prepared to provide transportation (i.e. bus pass) or mileage reimbursement to the VISTA member to conduct service away from their established service site during service hours?
Is your organization prepared to pay the $7,500 participation fee to be billed at the start of the VISTA's service?
Is your organization prepared to offer reasonable ADA accommodations to VISTA members with disabilities?
VISTA sponsor handbook: https://www.vistacampus.gov/lessons/vista-sponsor-handbook-0; VISTA member handbook: https://www.vistacampus.gov/lessons/vista-member-handbook-0

PROPOSED VISTA PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Every AmeriCorps VISTA project must be measurable according to the Corporation for National and Community Service performance measures that align with CNCS focus areas and objectives. Priority of selection will go to projects that: 1) address the core principles of VISTA; 2) address critical unmet needs in the communities served; 3) include evidence-based interventions; and 4) have the ability to track and report data. 

Provide a detailed description of the proposed VISTA project, including its overall goal, key objectives, and activities. Describe your vision for what year one, two, and three of the VISTA project will look like and the anticipated long-term plans for this project.
What primary capacity does the VISTA project aim to build for your organization?
How will this project build capacity for your organization?
What is the unmet need your project is addressing? List or describe data or research that supports the fact that this is an unmet need in your community.
Select the service activities the VISTA member will participate in:
Briefly describe the activities associated with each of the service activities selected above. (i.e. Community Assessment activities include... Community Awareness And Engagement activities include...)
How will the activities of this VISTA project directly impact the alleviation of poverty?
How will you ensure the sustainability of this project once VISTA service is complete?
How will this project empower the community?

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Identify the performance measures your proposed project will be tracking, reporting on, and held accountable for. You must select one outputone outcome, and at least one instrument and identify output and outcome target numbers.

Select one output (outcome options will autopopulate based on output selection):
Describe how you will measure the selected output.
Output target number of what your project will aim to accomplish as a result of VISTA service
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