VISTAs enable an organization to turn dream projects into reality. They mobilize local human, financial, and material resources to expand the capacity of low-income communities to build on their own resources and address the challenges they face.
The primary role of VISTAs is to help build a sustainable program. Hence, VISTAs do not perform direct service. Instead of tutoring youth, for example, VISTAs may help create or expand a tutoring program by recruiting community volunteers to tutor or by obtaining funding for the program. Rather than provide classroom training, VISTAs may help develop a job skills training program.
Although VISTAs produce results during their year of service, it is crucial that the sponsoring organization plans for the eventual sustainability of the VISTAs and for the absorption of the VISTAs’ functions by the organization and community.
To become a nonprofit partner in the RSVP AmeriCorps VISTA North Texas project, your organization must:
- Be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit or a government agency;
- Have at least one full-time staff member (paid or unpaid); and
- Provide a professional work environment and regular direct supervision for its VISTA member(s); and
- Share in the administrative cost of the program.
To learn more about becoming a Partner Agency, please refer to the Corporation for National and Community Service VISTA Sponsor Guide.