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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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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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Do I have to go through a background check or drug screening?

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

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

BEFORE YOU BEGIN SERVICE

As an AmeriCorps VISTA candidate, you are expected to attend to important legal administrative tasks related to your enrollment, and to make vital decisions to maximize your benefits. Once you become a candidate, one of your first responsibilities is to cooperate fully with AmeriCorps VISTA in an investigation of your background.

CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK
AmeriCorps VISTA and its spons...


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What should I do before PSO?

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

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

AmeriCorps VISTA ADMINISTRATIVE FORMS AND TASKS

Before or during the Pre-Service Orientation for AmeriCorps VISTA candidates, you must complete various forms and administrative tasks to establish your AmeriCorps VISTA benefits tax withholding, and other conditions of service. These required administrative tasks include the following:

•End-of-service benefits election form. AmeriCorps VISTA members have a ...


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What is a PSO?

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

PSO stands for Pre-Service Orientation

Refer to VISTA Member Handbook: Chapter 4: Training & Technical Assistance

PRE-SERVICE ORIENTATION

PSO serves as your learning process about AmeriCorps VISTA. It is typically a four-day event in which you begin to assume your role as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in the community and on the project you are assigned.

Pre-Service Orientation is conducted by Corporation staff, assisted by project sponsoring organizations and supervisors and professional traini...


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Where am I going to live?

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

Refer to VISTA Member Handbook: Chapter 13: Other Terms & Conditions of Service

MEMBER HOUSING

One of the three fundamental assumptions of AmeriCorps VISTA is that the skills and energies of AmeriCorps VISTA members are used most effectively when they live and work with the low-income people they are serving. In keeping with this philosophy, you are expected to secure housing using your living allowance, which is provided to cover the basic costs of food, housing, and utilities. You should lo...


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