Join us to find out more about an opportunity to apply for a 3-year AmeriCorps*VISTA member to assist with campus/community partnerships. Nazareth College has hosted an AmeriCorp*VISTA member through New York Campus Compact for the past 7 years. We are considering the opportunity to apply for a new 3 year VISTA project.
On Thursday, November 18th the Nazareth Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is hosting a question and answer session on VISTA. We will be exploring new project ideas and partnerships. If you are interested in finding out more information about AmeriCorps*VISTA, how VISTA may be able to support your community partnerships, and the application process please plan to attend.
Adam Lewandowski (Director for Community Service and part of the CCE) and Jed Metzger (Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department) will be on hand to lead the session. Both have experience developing VISTA projects and supervising VISTA members. Danielle Rhubart, Naz’s current NYCC VISTA will also be there to answer questions as well.
Some quick facts about NYCC AmeriCorps*VISTA projects:
Projects must have an anti-poverty focus
- VISTA members provide in-direct service, building the capacity of programs and organizations. They do not provide direct services to community members.
- VISTA members provide service 40 hours a week for 52 weeks each year
- Host site must have a VISTA project supervisor
Examples of VISTA Projects:
- Creation of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to assist low-income families in tax preparation, with a financial literacy component implemented by leveraging student volunteers
- Expanding an after-school tutoring program to increase literacy rates of elementary school students by incorporating an S-L requirement into a childhood education course syllabi
- Developing a well-being program at assisted living centers, focusing on creation of a volunteer-based tenant advocacy board aimed at ensuring appropriate housing
- Enhancing a community garden project to increase access of low-income individuals and families to fresh, nutritious food and education.
- Establishing a new mentoring program for college students to help at-risk high school students to investigate and apply for college or other post-secondary opportunities
- Working with student groups to establish long-term partnerships with community-based organizations serving a targeted low-income population
- Contact Information:
- Nuala S. Boyle Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement Phone: 585-389-2670 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org