Become a Host Site

The Connecticut Campus Compact (CTCC) AmeriCorps VISTA Program places VISTA members on campus and community host sites in order to create, expand, or enhance projects that lift people out of poverty.

Roles of the Host Sites 

VISTAs with Connecticut Campus Compact complete there projects at various host sites throughout the state of Connecticut. Host sites identify projects that they would like to have VISTA members work on and apply to CTCC. Hos sites are primarily responsible for the VISTA, their assignment, and the collaboration with CTCC as the project sponsor. VISTAs may work on projects that:

  • Build or strengthen a partnership with a community-based organization that fights poverty.
  • Impact community needs in priority focus area.
  • Mobilize and organize campus and community volunteers for the community based partner/s.
  • Lead fundraising and grant-writing efforts to support community partnership.

Who may apply:

Campus Compact member campuses or community-based organizations who are partnering with a member campus partner may apply to host a CTCC AmeriCorps*VISTA.

Roles of VISTA members:

An AmeriCorps VISTA member commits to 1 year (12 months) of full-time service on a specific project at a host site to develop or expand programs that fight poverty. VISTAs cannot provide direct service; instead they build the capacity of host sites and partners to better serve low-income people and address poverty-related needs.

Connecticut Campus Compact VISTAs can support campus/community initiatives through capacity-building activities such as: recruiting and training volunteers; writing grants and soliciting donations; creating publicity and outreach materials; conducting needs assessments and asset profiles; establishing sustainable systems and structures; building campus-campus community partnerships. The specific activities of the VISTA depend on the project goals.

Questions to consider:

If you are thinking about applying  to host a VISTA member at your organization, consider the questions below:

  • What is the poverty-related condition in the community that needs to be changed or improved?
  • What are the key factors or issues that contribute to these problems?
  • Which community assets are currently being underutilized?
  • What are the barriers to fully utilizing these community assets?
  • What opportunities exist to address these contributing factors?
  • What research or data source is available that provides evidence of this need?

How to Apply: 

Host site application process for 2017-2018 Host sites begins in January 2017. Please check back for RFP and application process information.

Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA by visiting the CNCS VISTA Webpage.

For more details on the application process historically, view the 2016-2017 RFP.

For more information, contact Kaytee Stewart at kstewart {at} compact(.)org or (860) 570-9058.