Host Site Opportunities
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a national anti-poverty initiative that places full-time volunteers with local projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members are recruited locally and nationally, are college graduates, and commit to one year of service with a project.
The Community Development Division was designated as an AmeriCorps VISTA Project Site in 2009 as part of the overall homeless initiatives designed through Welcome Home Billings, the City's ten-year plan to impact homelessness. Through the, the City has facilitated VISTA placements with local non-profit organizations to assist in capacity-building efforts to impact poverty and homelessness in the community.
Becoming a Host Site
The City is offering partnership opportunities to non-profit organizations to acquire Host Site status through a proposal submission process.
- January 12, 2024 for full-year members beginning service in July / August 2024.
- September 13, 2024 for full-year members beginning service in January / February 2025.
Please contact Carly Collins at email@example.com or call at 406.247.8675 to request a VISTA Host Site Guide Book and Proposal form. Organizations may also schedule an appointment for technical assistance in preparing a proposal.
What is Capacity-Building?
The AmeriCorps VISTA program specializes in capacity-building efforts, which result in long-term sustainability. This program is designed to assist organizations in efforts expected to become fully self-sustaining. Full-year VISTA members cannot provide direct services; for example, act as a receptionist, filing clerk, or have direct service-provision contact with clients.
All projects must be designed to impact poverty and benefit low-income persons including military members, veterans, and their families, through economic opportunity (housing, employment, or federal benefit access), education (school readiness, K-12 success, career and technical education, STEM, or college access) or healthy futures (access to health care, food security, etc.). VISTA members may:
- Complete a community needs assessment using quantitative and qualitative data.
- Establish, expand or enhance an organization's volunteer program to raise funds or expand services.
- Develop or expand a more diversified funding stream for services impacting poverty.
- Expand or improve an existing program benefiting low income households.
- Perform outreach, build community awareness of services offered by an organization.
- Assist in assessing the impact of current anti-poverty programming.