Last month, OCDCA awarded thirty-two OCDCA members positions for a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA to begin summer 2018.
The Ohio CDC Association VISTA Project, created in 1995 as a partnership between the Ohio CDC Association and the Corporation for National and Community Service, places VISTA Members every June or July at OCDCA member organizations throughout the state.
VISTA Members are full-time volunteers that serve at a non-profit organization and focus their efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity for organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, strengthen community groups, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
VISTA Members develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. They do not provide direct service, which is defined as the act of providing services to the identified clients of a program.
Funding for this program comes from the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) with additional support from the Ohio Development Services Agency Ohio Housing Trust Fund (for housing initiatives) and USDA Rural Development Rural Community Development Initiative (for rural-based initiatives). View a list of all OCDCA funders.
On March 7, 2018, all the supervisors traveled on a very snowy day to downtown Columbus to learn about VISTA, proper VISTA supervision, and federal and OCDCA requirements for the program. It was a great day of learning and networking.
Congrats to all of the selected organization! For more information about the Ohio CDC Association AmeriCorps VISTA Project, please contact Alana Perez at aperez AT ohiocdc.org.