7 A key point before we move forward… VISTA Member versus Intern versus Community Volunteer versus Job Training Program What is the difference and why is this important?
Terms, Conditions, and Benefits Restrictions – Employment/Religious/Education/Political Benefits – Living Allowance (ONLY allowed monetary compensation) – Health Coverage – Personal Leave (10 days), Medical Leave (10 days), Emergency Leave (5 days with TFBN approval) SEE PURPLE FORM – Holidays (VISTA receives federal holidays recognized by the food bank) – Training (PSO, OSOT, Ongoing Learning)
Terms, Conditions, and Benefits cont. Optional Benefits – Relocation/Settling In (up to $550 from CNCS) – Baggage Reimbursement (up to $500 from CNCS) – On-the-job transportation compensation (FOOD BANK is responsible) – Optional Life Insurance – Public Assistance – Child Care Benefits End of Service Benefits – Education Award/Loan Forbearance – End-of-Service Stipend/Loan Deferment – Non-Competitive Eligibility
Clients with Children: Health Data 40% rate their health fair or poor. 15% report no health insurance. 1/3 report choosing between medical care and food. Half have unpaid medical bills.
Prevalence of Chronic Disease Health issues reported among low income people: 1 in 3 - high blood pressure 32% - obesity 29% - high cholesterol 16% - diabetes 16% - asthma Food insecurity associated with hypertension & diabetes.
Lack of Access to Health Care Research shows that: Food insecurity is associated with clients having no usual source of care, postponing needed medical care and medications. 10 Food insecurity is associated with increased visits to the emergency departments and hospitalizations. 11
Mental Health Issues Research shows that: Adults over 20 living below poverty experience depression at a rate 5 times greater than their higher income counterparts. 12 Living below the poverty line is one of the most reliable predictors among women of depression and other mental health disorders. 13 Several studies have found associations between food insecurity and maternal depression. 14
LEAD STRENGTHEN FEED Vision: A Hunger-Free Texas Mission: To lead a unified effort for a hunger-free Texas Increase SNAP outreach to reach Texas One Goal Increase pounds distributed to reach Texas One Goal Increase demand for healthier foods by increasing produce lbs. and % of total distribution Decrease cost per lb. Values: Trust, Respect, Innovation, Stewardship, Urgency, Inclusivity, Accountability, Collaboration, & Service Reach Texas One Goal by 2018 (tbd) Develop an informed and mobilized constituency of advocates and decision-makers who act to solve hunger Increase member food banks’ capacity and effectiveness Inform & mobilize Texas public Inform & mobilize appropriate decision-makers Develop statewide partnerships with non- traditional service & advocacy partners (self- sufficiency/dietary health) Increase food bank board effectiveness and mobilization Develop and/or disseminate standards Facilitate collaboration and the spread of program best practices internally and externally.
Client Empowerment Corps 3 Year Plan Develop (2014-2015) Improve (2015-2016) Sustain (2016-2017)
Year 1-VISTA Task Community Assessment Building Partnerships Client Story Banking Initiative
LUNCH VISTA Campus overview VISTA Campus – Terms, Conditions, and Benefits tutorial Discussion Topics (on table)
VADs V ISTA A ssignment D escriptions Are directly linked to the grant application; Are very specific – a road map for a VISTA Member’s year of service; Are living documents; Contain activities that will be accomplished in one year; and Are a tool for evaluating progress and a reporting tool that will help ensure the program meets the goals set in the grant application.
Uses of the VAD Recruitment tool Part of the PSO curriculum (Pre-Service Orientation) Initial training tool Weekly/monthly/quarterly check in tool Reporting format
Work Time 1.Review the VISTA’s VAD (in your folder) 2.Compare your VAD with your tablemates 3.Develop a follow up plan for how you will use the VAD REGULARLY with your VISTA
VISTA Training Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) TFBN Training On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT)
Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) All VISTA candidates participate in nationwide. Introduces VISTA candidates to the mission, history, policies, and the roles and responsibilities of VISTA. The first step in a year-long learning process.
TFBN Training for VISTAs July 21-23 rd August 18-19 th The basics of food banking Causes and effects of food insecurity How to complete a community assessment Basics of building partnerships How to implement the story banking initiative Issue specific knowledge (hunger and health) CNCS and TFBN expectations
Expectations of Food Bank On-Site Orientation and Training (OSOT) Duration Topics/Sample Evaluation
An effective OSOT is key to member success Project-Specific Skills VISTA Assignment Description Organizational Culture Member-Supervisor Relationship & Communication Community Culture & Entry
Work Time Using the example OSOT spend some time thinking about how you will organize your VISTA’s OSOT. Discuss your plans with your table.
VISTA Bi-weekly Report Performance Measures Spreadsheets Performance Measures Spreadsheets
Year 1-Performance Measures 1) Capacity Building (i.e. Partnerships) a)Collaborate on programming b)Develop formal referral process c)Share resources d)Develop shared training e)Develop shared materials
Year 1-Performance Measures cont. 2) Training provided to staff or community by VISTA a) How to utilize new partnership/resource b) How to implement/utilize story banking
Year 1-Performance Measures cont. 3) Number of clients receiving services as a result of VISTAs work a) Use additional form (example provided) b) Add option to current survey/form *This will be the hardest to track
Year 1-Performance Measures cont. 4) Number of organizations that report VISTA helped make their organization more effective through partnerships/capacity building a) Pre/Post Survey VISTA provides to organizations they work with in the community
Please submit success stories about your VISTA at least every other month! TFBN VISTA Leaders will kindly remind you!