Case Study: AMD&ART
Employing AmeriCorps and VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) to Support Watershed Program Operations and Projects
Staffed entirely by VISTA and AmeriCorps volunteers, the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) & Art project has raised over $400,000 in funds through the efforts of VISTAs and other grant writers. The AMD&ART project is an interdisciplinary blend of AMD remediation, wetlands restoration, and community engagement. Funds have been used to conduct public outreach and involvement, wetlands restoration, and acid mine drainage remediation as well as foster public art. VISTAs are able to write grant applications and conduct capacity building activities, while AmeriCorps volunteers can provide assistance directly to the community. The VISTAs work for up to three years and are committed caring people with a college degree, some volunteer experience, good references, and flexibility. Host entities can be nonprofit organizations and state or local agencies addressing the problems of low-income communities. The host entity pays about $10,000 for three VISTAs. The VISTAs receive about $10,000/year for living expenses plus a $4,750 education stipend for each year of service (two year maximum). Health and other benefits are covered by the Federal Corporation for National Service.
For more information, please visit the AMD&ART Web site (www.amdandart.org).