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Americorp VISTA

Volunteers in Service to America (*VISTA)

About Volunteers in Service to America

AmeriCorps*VISTA is a national service program that addresses the problems of poverty by providing people of diverse backgrounds and ages with an opportunity for full-time community service.*VISTAs serve for a year term, addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities by developing permanent infrastructure for organizations and securing resources for human and civic development. Additional information about the AmeriCorps *VISTA program can be accessed at

About CHHA *VISTA Umbrella Project

The Coal Heritage Highway Authority provides *VISTA resources to organizations that demonstrate an anti-poverty focus and serve our 11 county geographic region in southern West Virginia. *VISTA services are aimed to affect sustainability of projects and programs within a 3 year time frame. Focus areas of project sites include but are not limited to: non-profit capacity building, economic development, community development, wastewater management, drug abuse recovery, and long term flood recovery.

*VISTA Project Accomplishments

The CHHA Umbrella Project has grown significantly as we are near our *VISTA placement capacity; the CHHA has 21 *VISTA members serving organizations in 15 West Virginian counties, and 35+ organizations have applied through the CHHA for *VISTA services this year.

In the past year, 21*VISTA members within the Coal Heritage Highway Authority Umbrella Project have generated the following resources for their communities:
  • Number of new volunteers recruited: 1,415
  • Total hours of service performed by community volunteers: 5,061
  • Dollar amount of grant funds secured: $206,000
  • Dollar amount of local funds secured: $217,628
  • Number of new organizational partnerships created: 93

*VISTA Partnerships & Projects

We have partnered with the following organizations by providing *VISTA resources to build capacity at the local community level:

  • Concord Bonner Scholars
  • Bramwell Depot
  • Business Volunteer Council
  • West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps (WVCCC)
  • City of Mount Hope
  • Hinton Special Events Team
  • Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc. (CFI, Inc.)
  • Fayette County Family Resource Network
  • Itmann Food Pantry
  • Roosevelt-McCausland Tourism Byway
  • Main Street Fairmont
  • Main Street Morgantown
  • Charleston Westside Main Street
  • Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • McDowell Economic Development Authority
  • Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
  • Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. (RAIL)
  • Safe Housing & Economic Development (SHED)
  • Soaring Eagles Ministries International
  • Thanks! Plain & Simple
  • Travel Beautiful Appalachia, Inc. (TBAI)
  • Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association (UGWA)
  • McDowell County Wastewater Treatment Coalition
  • Wolf Creek Park
  • Wyoming County Economic Development Authority
  • Wyoming County Family Resource Network

How can your organization apply for a *VISTA position?

To be eligible for a *VISTA position, your organization must be a public, private, or faith-based nonprofit, or a local, state, or federal agency.

Please contact the Coal Heritage Highway Authority to request an application: 304-256-6941

How can you apply to serve as a *VISTA member?

To apply as an AmeriCorps *VISTA member, visit, and register by completing your profile, username and password. Return to the "My AmeriCorps" portal, sign-in, and complete your online application. After your online application is complete, you can submit it to the Coal Heritage Highway Authority or other projects.

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