Applying to be a VISTA Host Site
Do you want to increase your ability to end poverty in your community? Could you use help tracking donors, recruiting volunteers, or developing other systems that build your capacity to meet the needs of the low-income community? Or perhaps you have a dream project that addresses a community need but not the resources to get it off the ground.
Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations, as well as, local, state, tribal or federal agencies can become an AmeriCorps VISTA host site. Applications for the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Partnership Project are handled by the Public Health Division in partnership with the Corporation State Offices.
Host sites identify significant program level work that will help build local capacity to alleviate poverty and improve the public health. Sites host AmeriCorps VISTA national service members each for one year, often for three successive years. OHA VISTAs join one of two teams, beginning their year of service in April or August. Host sites provide a financial match, direct the project, supervise and mentor the VISTA, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project.
AmeriCorps VISTA members spend one year in full-time service to address the needs of low-income communities and improve public health. All projects focus on building permanent public health infrastructure in communities to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Projects must only focus on the low-income community.
Organizations interested in becoming a host site should review VISTA 101:Understanding VISTA for more in-depth information.
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Successful applicants will host energetic national service members who will build capacity to improve health and alleviate poverty. Please consider applying and help spread the word. Please contact Danielle Brown if you are interested in hosting an OHA VISTA or need technical assistance with the application materials.
Broad program goals:
The Oregon Health Authority VISTA Partnership Project aims to alleviate, prevent and reduce poverty by engaging new public health professionals in a year of full-time service in public health and partner organizations in order to improve the public’s health.
Key project requirements:
The project must address:
- Public health
- Building long-term organizational and/or community capacity
The VISTA must have:
- Administrative support (desk space, email, work phone, etc.)
- Dedicated supervisor, project leads, mentors with time to invest in the VISTA and their project
- Clear assignment description
Applications that address the AmeriCorps Healthy Futures priority areas listed below will have priority consideration:
- Access to Health Care: Connecting economically disadvantaged individuals to preventative education and treatment/recovery services regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid crisis, to include mental health services. Programming in this area must focus on interventions that directly benefit individuals as opposed to supporting research efforts or supplanting medical staff.
- Food Security: Alleviating hunger and increasing access to nutritious food, particularly the development of alternate food distribution and feeding sites to accomodate closures of traditional feeding sites, such as schools or after-school program sites.
Due date: Applications are due no later than December 4, 2020. This allows plenty of time for review and edits before submitting to AmeriCorps for final approval. See OHA VISTA site application below for a detailed timeline.
Cost (two options):
Standard: $3,250. These highly competitive positions are more heavily subsidized by the national VISTA program. These positions are intended for organizations and communities with very limited resources. This amount is the Site Support Payment (SSP) which covers costs associated with the VISTAs training, orientation, team meetings, professional development and program staff salary.
Cost share: $19,970 (Columbia, Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties) or $17,250 (all other counties). The host site pays a larger amount to cover the VISTA member’s subsistence allowance and the SSP. Choose this type to greatly increase your approval by OHA and the national VISTA program. Larger organizations with significant funding are asked to provide this level of support.
New host sites: Please discuss your VISTA project idea with our team as soon as possible so we can best align our goals before drafting a detailed application.
Danielle Brown, MPA HA
OHA VISTA Project Director