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AmeriCorps VISTA Host Site Application Information

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) invites organizations to apply to become an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) youth program host site. MCSC’S VISTA Program seeks to provide resources to empower youth to be successful in school and/or work during COVID-19 recovery. The MCSC AmeriCorps VISTA program year will take place from Fall 2020 – 2021.  

Contact Information: Dave Martus, martusd@michigan.gov Phone: 517-335-4295

Overview of AmeriCorps VISTA

The AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 and designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of national service programs, housed at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps VISTA provides opportunities for Americans 18 years and older from a diverse range of backgrounds to dedicate a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty. 

For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov.   

Core Principals for VISTA Programming

VISTA members focus on capacity-building activities. On occasion, they may perform limited direct service activities which are deemed a necessary component to completion of the VISTA’s overall capacity building assignment. VISTAs also participate in direct service activities as part of a term-limited special initiative such as National Days of Service. 

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. VISTA members strengthen sponsors by building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, securing long-term resources and more, as determined by local needs. 

Prohibition Against Supplanting/Displacing Existing Workers

VISTAs are not staff members or employees of the sponsoring organization to which they are assigned or the host site and its partners. VISTA members may not engage in activities at sponsoring organizations or host sites that would displace or supplant paid staff, contractors, or existing volunteers. 

About MCSC

Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) MCSC serves as an intermediary AmeriCorps VISTA sponsor though The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  The Michigan Community Service Commission is the state’s lead agency for volunteerism and utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities.  

Awards under the MCSC VISTA program are subject to appropriations and approval from the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Applications are due by July 20, 2020.

For more information, download the full guidelines and application.