For over 45 years, members of AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) have actively served low-income areas by mobilizing people, businesses and organizations with the goal of creating sustainable healthy communities. Throughout the year, AmeriCorps*VISTA provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
Overview of the Summer Associates Program
The VISTA program also has a Summer Associate component, a short-term service (June 12- August 13) opportunity during the summer months. The Summer Associate program enhances an existing VISTA project by providing individuals that will participate for 8 weeks, alongside year-round AmeriCorps*VISTA members, in an intensive level of summer service. During service, Summer Associates are available to the community on a full-time basis which is described by Congress as “24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” This means that the Summer Associate should be available as deemed necessary by the sponsoring agency, for the project, without regard to standard working hours.
Available Positions in the Baltimore Area!
Margaret Brent Elementary/ Middle School- Assist with summertime activities in the Remington neighborhood and organize block projects
Barclay, Midway, and Old Goucher- Assist the Barclay Youth Safe Haven Coordinator with preparation for the coming year elementary school mentoring program and overall program structure
Waverly Community -Engage in neighborhood outreach around community association and block projects and provide support for summer programs or neighborhood youth
Barclay Community- Organize neighborhood block projects in the Harwood Community and school including school beautification projects
GHCC Adult Literacy & ESOL- Develop a project-based learning model for the Adult Basic Education classroom to be piloted in the Fall 2011.
- Summer Associates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement
- Be a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident
- Able to commit and serve on a full-time basis for 8 weeks
- Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry
Benefits and Support
In addition to making a credible effort to help people and communities escape poverty, Summer Associates receive benefits and support during and after successful completion of summer service. Associates are eligible to receive:
- A $1,132 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $125/mo summer end-of service stipend
- On-site orientation and training
- A living allowance to cover necessities during service (approx. $2000 by the end of the summer)
- Involvement in the AmeriCorps*VISTA Alumni Network and eCommunity
To learn more about the AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associate Program at Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) please contact Glenda Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410)261-2618.