Is your Club on a mission to not only serve more youth, but also to serve them more effectively and to support them and their families? Do you have the time and resources available to supervise one or more full time service members, either for the summer, or for an entire year? If so, then it’s time. It’s time to apply for a spot to host an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) member(s) or Summer Associate. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project can help raise the capacity of your Club through service. Whether they are updating your Club website and hosting community events, connecting your Club to local partnerships, or facilitating continued learning programs for Club families, VISTAs dedicate their time and talent to make a positive impact for your community.
We know that as a CEO, Club Director, or Club staff member, you have ‘wish lists’ for your Clubs. Your list most likely consists of projects that you know will make an impact, but because of a lack of staff and resources, you just can’t tackle. An AmeriCorps VISTA member can work to get those projects done. That’s why we think you should apply! The online application to host VISTA members and Summer Associates in 2016-2017 is now open, and the deadline for completion is February 28, 2016. Summer Associates will serve from June 2016-August 2016. VISTA members will serve from August 2016-2017 or November 2016-2017.
In 2013, the estimated value for one hour of volunteer service was $22.55! VISTA members serve at no cost to your organization for 40 hours a week. That makes the value of a VISTA member $46,904 a year at no cost to you!
Additional Resources Available:
Visit the AmeriCorps VISTA Project page to read more about the application process, requirements, and informational webinars in early February.
You can also read more about Why Host a VISTA? and find out what types of projects are happening in Native Clubs.