Important Information for Member Campus Host Site
AmeriCorps provides:• Monthly living allowance to each VISTA of approximately $1000-1200 per month (depending on the county served)• Option of either a $1,500 stipend or $5,815 education award at the end of the VISTA's service year• Health benefits• Relocation allowance (for eligible VISTAs)• Student loan forbearance• Non-competitive eligibility for federal employment following the year of full-time service• All-expenses paid Pre-Service Orientation that a person must attend before starting their VISTA service
Host Campus provides:
Required Resources• Support Services Fee of $5,000 paid to ILCC (for each year of VISTA Program )• Direct supervision, including weekly meetings with VISTA• Campus ID with library privileges• Desk and computer with Internet and e-mail• Phone with voicemail• Copier and fax• Thorough on-site orientation (campus tour, introduction to President & staff, office etiquette, etc.)• Parking voucher/pass (if VISTA drives to work & on-campus parking is not free)• Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel (i.e. office supplies, etc.)
Strongly Encouraged Resources• On-campus housing or subsidized off-campus housing (with money going directly to the VISTA's landlord)*• Meal plan*• Bus/rail pass if VISTA utilizes public transportation to get to work• On-campus Recreation Center/Gym privileges• Access to trainings and professional development resources and opportunities• Business cards
* Please note that housing and food support should be considered in-house support for the VISTA volunteer position. A VISTA should never receive a check with their name on it. The housing and food support are not to be considered income for the VISTA, but absorbed costs by the campus agreeing to host the VISTA volunteer.