What happens if I need/want to end my term early?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010

In case of early termination, we strongly encourage you to consult your Supervisor and your VISTA Leader. Leaving your term early is frowned upon and every case is handled differently. You as a VISTA committed to serve your organization and your community for a whole year and ending your commitment for another oppurtunity is heavily discouraged.

As officially stated on Chapter 12 - Administrative Policies when ending your term early, you will not be eligible for any end of service stipend, b...


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How do I deal with my loans while in service?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010

T. Camille Moman inquired regarding the education award and her's what she found.

T. Camille Moman
NCALL Research, Inc

I spoke to someone at Direct consolidation yesterday about this program and here is what I found out.

You must have a Federal Direct Loan to qualify....but if you don't, you may do a Federal Direct Consolidation of your current loans.

With Federal Direct Loans you may chose from a income based payment (best plan) , income contingent payment, or standard payment.  You may n...


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Where do I get a forbearance letter?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010

You must go to www.myamericorps.govand sign in to your VISTA Portal. On the right hand side you will see a number of tabs, you need to click on the one that says "Create a forbearance letter." Follow the instructions from that point. If you have further questions please call VMSU at 866-473-5733


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How do I sign up for food stamps?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010

With the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can receive food stamp credits that you can use to buy healthy food for you and your family. Sign up and find out if you qualify today!

If you have the following net monthly income, then you can qualify for Food Stamps

Your income from VISTA is exempt... aka you make $0.00. Access your "Currently Serving VISTA Letter" on MyAmericorps.gov portal under "My Service Letter." Below is the general threshold for acceptance for EBT. Th...


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What should I do during my first week on site?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Refer to VISTA Member Handbook: Chapter 2: Overview of Your Year in AmeriCorps VISTA

FIRST WEEK ON YOUR PROJECT

Your sponsoring organization should provide you with an On-Site Orientation and Training during your first one to three weeks on the project. This orientation will introduce you to your sponsoring organization, the community at large, and your role during your year of service. During the on-site training period, it is important that you review and integrate the Pre-Service Orienta...


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