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
- MTCC VISTA Frequently Asked Questions
- MTCC VISTA Host Site Readiness Assessment
- MTCC VISTA Program Overview
- MTCC VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) Guidance
- FY15 MTCC VISTA Host Site Information
In January 2017, MTCC will place 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. VISTAs 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 public 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 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 a 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 2016 Host Site Timeline:
October 21tst (10:00 AM): Host site webinar - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
October 31st Priority Deadline: Proposals due to MTCC network office
October 31-November 4: Clarification period
November 4th: Award notifications sent/Candidate recruitment begins
January TBA: Host site preparation webinar (required for selected host sites)
January 10th: Final offers are extended to candidates
January TBA: Pre-Service Orientation for VISTA members
January 30th: Service begins for members
For more information contact VISTA Program Manager Erin Barstow at 406-243-5458.