MTCC VISTA projects begin on a semi-annual calendar (January and July), however host site applications are always accepted. If you are interested in hosting a full-time VISTA, please contact us to learn more about how it works.
Important Links and Materials
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Frequently Asked Questions
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Host Site Readiness Assessment
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Program Overview
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) Guidance
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Host Site Information
In July 2015, MTCC will be placing full-time VISTA members with colleges, universities, schools and nonprofits throughout Montana to build capacity within the education and veterans services sectors. VISTAs help assess community needs, amplify local initiatives, and support long-term solutions to poverty.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the antipoverty national service program.. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTAss commit to serve full-time for one year. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTAs create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Funding for the MTCC VISTA project is provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) and local partners and communities.
The MTCC VISTA project advances higher education's puplic purposes and and addresses poverty problems by utilizing strategic campus-community partnerships. MTCC VISTA offers partner organizations the opportunity to build sustainable infrastructure to address needs through the leveraging of resources of higher education institutions. MTCC VISTA utilizes a 6-stage community building lifecycle, which engages students and community members in needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation phases of the project
MTCC VISTA host site recipients receive a full-time, year-long AmeriCorps VISTA member and ongoing support from the Montana Campus Compact (members receive a living allowance, health benefits, an end-of-service benefit, pre-service and in-service training, access to MTCC's network and ongoing technical support, a value of approximately $32,000).
MTCC VISTA July 2015 Host Site Timeline:
March 4th and 16th 2:00 PM technical assistance conference call
March 20th Priority Deadline: Proposals due to MTCC network office
March 20-27 Clarification period
April 3rd Award notifications sent/Candidate recruitment begins
April 6th 10 AM Recruitment call (required for selected host sites)
June 5th Final offers are extended to candidates
July 20-23 Pre-Service Orientation for candidates
July 24 Service begins for members
Recordings of past informational calls for prospective host site are available below:
- General Informational call: February 12th at 2PM (Click here to download)
- Veterans/Military Families: February 18th at 2PM - featuring Ilene Cohen with the University of Montana Western (Click here to download )
- Education: February 19th at 2PM - featuring John Walsh with Montana State University Billings(Click here to download )
For more information contact Network Services Director Josh Vanek at 406-243-5175.