While in service with our Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA program, you will receive ongoing professional leadership and community development training in addition to learning more about underserved populations in America. There are a series of workshops throughout the year where you will get to know your fellow CCMA VISTA members, and we are always here for your questions. Below is a collection of resources for common questions that service with AmeriCorps VISTA raises.
CCMA VISTA Member Resources
- VISTA Campus – An online learning environment for the VISTA community.
- VISTA Member Handbook – This handbook provides information on administrative policies, benefits, health care support, and other terms and conditions of service.
- National Value of Volunteer Time – The site that provides the estimated value of volunteer time.
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award – Use this site to learn more about the education award, form a strategy on how to use it, and discover other post-service opportunities related to school and student loans.
Food Stamps (EBT/SNAP)
- Maryland – Follow the link, click the “Am I Eligible for Benefits?” quick link to see if you qualify. Continue to complete the online application.
- Delaware – To apply for the Delaware Food Supplement Program, contact the state unit nearest you. You can find a list of state unit offices on the Delaware Health and Social Services website.
- Washington, DC
- Follow the link, click on the “Use this calculator” link to find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits.
- Download the application in the language that best works for you. The form can either be printed and filled out by hand, or filled out on the computer and then printed.
- Locate the service center nearest you, and either deliver the form via mail or by hand.
- Regardless of Maryland or DC, you will be assigned a case worker from the DHS office in your county, or nearest you, and need to have an interview with them either by phone or in person (depending on how it is done in your county). There are a handful of documents you should prepare ahead of time to either bring with you to the interview, or fax/mail once you are given a number/address.
- Go to your my.americorps portal, under the “My Service Letter” section, select your current term of service, and generate the “VISTA Currently Serving Certification” letter and the “VISTA Public Benefits Disregard” letter. These letters verify that you are currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and that while you are receiving a small living stipend, this is not considered income.
- Also in your my.americorps portal, under the “My Living Allowance” section, go to “View previous Earning Statement,” and print your most recent living allowance statement as proof of the low wages you are receiving.
- Finally, you will need to provide proof of any housing bills you are responsible for (rent, power, water, gas, oil, trash, etc.). If you are renting, a copy of your lease and recent bills will probably suffice. This is of course different in each county, discuss with your caseworker what specifically they will need.