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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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How can I afford to live on my stipend?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010,

For many VISTAs, living on the monthly allowance is one of the biggest challenges of service. Budgeting is essential. Luxuries disappear and credit cards must be used wisely.
The allowance is designed to give you a taste of life as lived by many Americans in poverty that is the amount is set at 105% of the poverty income threshold in your community.

Making it on such a low income can be a useful experience. It builds empathy towards those living in poverty.

Please use tips listed on the Li...


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How do I get help for relocating?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010,

When in doubt about your relocation, please contact VMSU (VISTA Member Services Unit) at 866.473.5733 or VISTAmembersupportunit@cns.gov. Before or during your relocation, please fill out “Travel to service form.” Contact your Supervisor or VISTA leader or the VMSU office to get a copy of this form.

Refer to VISTA Member Handbook Chapter 5: Relocation Allowance

Members serving a 12-month term and moving from their home of record to their project site are eligible to receive a relocation al...


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How do Americorps*VISTA members get paid?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010,

Refer to - VISTA Member Handbook: Chapter 5: Financial Support

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you are required to have your biweekly living allowance sent via electronic funds transfer or direct deposit. The U.S. Treasury requires federal payments to be made by direct deposit, except when this form of payment would cause unusual hardship on the payee. (For hardship cases, see Appendix A for the procedure to have payments made by paper check.)
To set up direct deposit, you and your financial ...


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How do I get paid?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010,

Upon assignment as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you will begin receiving a modest living allowance. The Corporation determines the living allowance rate, which varies according to the local cost of living in the area where you serve.
Member living allowances are computed on a daily rate and paid every other week. Living allowance payments cover a 14-day period. Direct deposit payments to AmeriCorps VISTA members are made five days after the pay period ends.

Federal income tax deductions and ...


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Can I get reimbursed for my parking and travel expenses?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010,

I spend a lot of my time driving to presentations for my organization and the gas is getting higher as the summer goes on. I love doing the presentations but its starting to really cut into my budget. Is it possible to get parking and gas reimbursements from VISTA?

Refer to VISTA Member Handbook: Privately Owned Vehicle pg. 58

"In some instances, the Corporation may provide all or a portion of the member’s mileage expenses for assignment-related purposes. This payment may be accomplished th...


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When do I get paid?

Posted by NWA VISTA on Thursday, October 14, 2010,

Attached file accounts for VISTA living allowance payment schedule. If you still have questions regarding your living allowance, please contact VMSU (VISTA Member Support Unit) at (866) 473-5733 or email them at VISTAMemberSupportUnit@cns.gov.

Living Allowance Calender


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