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Vista at COAD

Corporation for National & Community ServiceCOAD received a grant in 2009 to place 15 VISTA Members in Appalachian Ohio. AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a one-time stipend after completing their service. About 6,500 VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,200 projects in low-income communities around the country.

VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers and many other services. VISTAs working in the COAD network are:

• Creating awareness campaigns and recruiting volunteers.
• Setting up transitional housing dedicated to helping the homeless turn their lives around.
• Expanding programs to help low-income families obtain access to food, housing, financial support and other needed services.
• Recruiting mentors for children.
• Expanding programs for seniors.
• Creating many other valuable services.

To learn more about service and programs for Older Ohioans you can visit these websites

Ohio Department of Aging
www.aging.ohio.gov

Department of Health and Human Services: Division on Aging
www.aoa.dhhs.gov

AARP
(American Association of Retired People)

www.aarp.org