Grow your organization’s capacity and improve your community with an AmeriCorps VISTA

Zach Rissman served as the Community Development Network VISTA at The Hub.

BY ERIN SUSMAN, OPERATIONS AND AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM MANAGER, THE HUB

At The Hub, we believe in the power of community service. Leaders in our communities across the state move forward the work of making their communities a better place to be in incredible ways every day. 

It is important, now more than ever, for us to support communities and organizations that are seeking to grow their capacity and improve their economic opportunities. We think the programs that are working to lift West Virginians out of poverty are worth investing in. And we believe that building capacity and sustainability in those programs is one of the most effective forms of investment. This is why The Hub has hosted an AmeriCorps VISTA program for the past several years. 

AmeriCorps shares our philosophy of creating new economic opportunities, and focuses on five other key areas of work: healthy futures, education, environmental stewardship, disaster responses, and veterans and military families. We partner with communities and organizations across the state to build projects that address these areas. If your organization works on one of these focus areas, and you need to grow your capacity, applying to host an AmeriCorps member from The Hub’s VISTA Program could be right for you!

For a small administrative fee, an AmeriCorps member in our VISTA program could further sustainable and impactful change in your community. AmeriCorps members who serve in our VISTA program commit to one year of service with a nonprofit or government entity, serving full time to build a program’s capacity and sustainability. Members are paid a living stipend from AmeriCorps and become eligible to receive an education award or cash stipend upon completion of service. 

We help our VISTA Subsites apply for their project, assist in the member recruitment process, train our subsites and members, provide support throughout the 1-3 year long project, and create an effective and supportive culture to ensure you are getting the most out of your member’s service. 

We are looking to welcome a handful of new projects in 2021. If you are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps member in your community, contact me, Erin Susman at e.mcgrath@wvhub.org for an application, or for any questions you may have!

Erin Susman is The Hub’s Operations and AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager. Reach her at e.mcgrath@wvhub.org.

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