Become a VISTA Host Site!

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is requesting proposals from organizations interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the August 2015-2016 service year.  MAVA will be selecting new VISTA host sites for 2015-2016.  The purpose of the MAVA VISTA member assignments is to build your organization’s capacity to meet mission through volunteers, thus working to eliminate generational poverty. At this current time, we will likely only have full cost share slots open for the coming year. To apply:

Request for Proposals

Host Site Application (Due February 6)


Sample Memorandum of Understanding with Host Site/MAVA

Sample Host Site Project Plans
MAVA Agreement with CNCS- July 2010

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

If you have any questions, contact

Frequently Asked Questions on the VISTA Host Site Application

1. How does mileage reimbursement for the VISTA member work?  Do I need to pay the VISTA's mileage into work each day?

VISTAs usually go by the same mileage policy as the host site.  Our policy at MAVA is to pay any mileage above and beyond the normal mileage to/from work.  So not only do we not pay mileage to/from work, we don’t start reimbursing until the person has driven more miles than they normally would to get to work.  Other sites of ours just don’t reimburse for wherever the first place you go in the morning is.

2. What will the reporting requirements be?

We will ask the host site/VISTA to report on the milestones we have listed as well as any milestones added by the host site.  In addition, there is some reporting on some general information that the corporation asks for, hours and numbers of volunteers and any in-kind or monetary donations that the VISTA member secured, and trainings attended by the VISTA member.  We report on this information quarterly.  Also, we ask the host site to complete a 6 month review with the VISTA member.

If you have other questions, please contact the MAVA office.

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