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Mayor’s Day Recognition – April 3rd

From L to R – Paul Rich (OCDCA), Caroline Keyes (Rural Action), Catilin Bond (Rural Action), Katie Conlon (Community Food Initiatives), Raina Schoonover (Community Food Initiatives)

A Mayor’ Day Recognition event was held in Athens on Tuesday, April 3.

The event was put together to celebrate those who have chosen to dedicate their time and efforts to national service through the various branches of AmeriCorps, as well as other community service organizations.

In attendance were some 60 service members and local government officials, as well as representatives from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Senate and House offices, and Governor Kasich’s office.

The event started with a service portion, making seed pods for use in local gardening efforts, and then proceeded to a panel made up of service members.

On the panel was OCDCA’s own Katie Conlon, a VISTA serving at Community Food Initiatives! Katie and the other panelists spoke about how service has changed and deepened their relationships to the community and their careers in general.

We were very proud to see a member of the OCDCA VISTA project speak so highly about the impact of service, and we had fun celebrating national service with all the service members down in Athens!

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RFP Open: AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

Jump-start your summer with a VISTA Associate

The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program is a 10 week initiative that offers organizations the opportunity to engage individuals in their community and get help enhancing existing programs.

The OCDCA AmeriCorps Summer VISTA RFP, which is separate from the year-long VISTA RFP, is now available.

Applications are due by February 9, 2018.

Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process.

This will be your only opportunity in 2018 to apply for OCDCA VISTA Summer support.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Alana Perez at aperez AT ohiocdc.org or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 204.

Join us next week for a webinar that will provide an overview of the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program.

What Is The OCDCA VISTA Summer Associate? / January 31, 2018 / 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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ICYMI: AmeriCorps VISTA year-long sub-site RFP available

RFP Opportunity Details

OCDCA welcomes current, good standing members to submit an application to become a sub-site to the OCDCA VISTA Project to begin summer 2018.

Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), and the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF). Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process and some slots will be reserved for housing-only and rural-only initiatives.

This will be your only opportunity in 2018 to apply for OCDCA VISTA support.

If your organization is interested in becoming a sub-site of the OCDCA VISTA Project, please complete the RFP by 5 PM January 19, 2017.

Applying organizations must be members of OCDCA, and the membership process is easy. Brand new members may receive 50% off their dues by using code NMVISTA at checkout.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Melissa Miller at mmiller@ohiocdc.org or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 209.

Need TA on the Application?

AmeriCorps VISTA RFP TA Webinar   /   January 16, 2018   /   2:00 – 3:30 PM   /   Register Here!

This webinar will go through common errors in applications and what makes a great application. This is a great time to get all your RFP questions answered.

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What the U.S. Loses If Trump Eliminates AmeriCorps

We’ve been talking about AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National & Community Service for a while now. It clearly makes a huge impact, not just in Ohio, but to the country as a whole, as well as the individuals who volunteer their time to serve as an AmeriCorps member.

Still, it’s refreshing to hear others, especially CEOs of major corporations talking about its value. Read a sensible and smart piece in Fortune by Chris Policinski, David MacLennan, John Wiehoff, Doug Baker, all CEOs of major Minnesota-based companies.

A brief sample:

The administration’s perspective is clear and pointed. “Funding community service and subsidizing the operation of nonprofit organizations is outside the role of the Federal Government,” the budget states. “To the extent these activities have value, they should be supported by the nonprofit and private sectors and not with Federal subsidies provided through the complex Federal grant structure run by CNCS.”

As cost-conscious leaders of Fortune 500 companies, we have to disagree. We know a good deal when we see one, and the CNCS is a good deal. This is why we’ve donated to AmeriCorps programs such as College Possible.

While funding for the CNCS represents a fraction of federal spending (less than .02% in previous years), its demise would deeply harm hundreds of thousands of Americans.