Seeking Host Sites for AmeriCorps VISTA Members in 2021-2022

November 5, 2020

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is seeking higher education, nonprofit, or government agencies to serve as host sites for our Campus Compact VISTA Community Corps. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a federally funded program that seeks to build capacity for organizations that alleviate poverty in our communities.

AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve full-time for one year beginning in summer 2021. Selected sites receive an AmeriCorps VISTA position for up to three years to build capacity in one of three priority areas: health, education, or opportunity. IAMNCC is especially interested in supporting host sites and/or projects relating to:

  • Community-campus partnerships that focus on improving health, education, or economic outcomes for low-income populations.
  • College student basic needs, including, but not limited to, health care access, food access, housing assistance, financial education, and mental health support.
  • Access to and retention of low-income college students into college/university programs or institutions.
  • Addressing racial disparities in health, education, or economic outcomes.

Host sites
pay a cost share of $5,500 (each year) for each member they enroll into the program. Host sites that provide additional benefits to the member, such as housing, food, or transportation, can apply for a discount to the cost share. Higher education sites must be a member of Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. Community organizations are automatically enrolled as an Affiliate Partner and have access to the benefits of that program.

The application is due January 22, 2021. New applicants should schedule a pre-application consultation with our Program Manager Kara Trebil-Smith (ktrebilsmith {at} compact(.)org). Complete information about the program and application process is available here. Examples of current VISTA roles and responsibilities can be found here.

Together, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its network of 58 campuses. This includes educating students through community and civic learning experiences and making an impact in communities through reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC creates partnership opportunities, supports quality programming through professional development, and promotes the importance of the civic mission.

For more information, contact Kara Trebil-Smith at ktrebilsmith {at} compact(.)org or 515-216-0138.