BREAK IN SERVICE
ADMINISTRATIVE HOLD STATUS
STATUS OF SERVICE AND ELIGIBILITY FOR AMERICORPS VISTA BENEFITS
Status of Service
Successful completion of year of service
|Deferral of service|
|Transfer to another AmeriCorps VISTA project|
|Early departure for another AmeriCorps program|
if served at least 335 days
if served at least 335 days
|Early termination for cause (misconduct)|
|Early termination for non-compelling reason(s)|
CHANGE IN SERVICE
TRANSFER TO ANOTHER AMERICORPS VISTA PROJECT
- The member has the necessary qualifications and desire to continue service but is unable to do so at the current project assignment;
- The project-sponsoring organization that would be receiving the member concurs in the transfer after contacting the former sponsoring organization or CNCS State Office for an evaluation or assessment of the AmeriCorps VISTA member.
EARLY DEPARTURE FOR ANOTHER AMERICORPS PROGRAM
DEFERRAL OF SERVICE
SEPARATION FROM SERVICE
- Failure to meet Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) or Virtual Member Orientation (VMO) training selection standards which include, but are not limited to, the following types of conduct:
- Inability or refusal to perform or complete training assignments,
- Disruptive or inappropriate conduct during the PSO event or VMO sessions, or
- Failure to attend training sessions (including VMO webinars).
- Refusal or inability to accept the VISTA assignment (VAD).
- Refusal or inability to accept any term or condition of VISTA service.
- Failure to take the VISTA Oath of Service and/or to properly submit the VISTA Oath of Service form.
- Failure to commence VISTA service.
EARLY TERMINATION FOR CAUSE
- Conviction of a criminal offense under federal, state, or local statute or ordinance;
- Violation of any provision of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, or a CNCS regulation, policy, or guideline;
- Failure, refusal, or inability to perform prescribed project duties as outlined in the project application or assignment description and as directed by the sponsoring organization to which you are assigned;
- Involvement in activities that substantially interfere with your performance of project duties;
- Intentional false statement, omission, fraud, or deception in obtaining selection as a member;
- Any conduct on your part that substantially diminishes your effectiveness as an AmeriCorps VISTA member; or
- Unsatisfactory performance of assignment.
REMOVAL FROM PROJECT
- Accept the member's resignation from the AmeriCorps VISTA program;
- If removal was requested for reasons other than those listed above in "Early Termination from Service," the CNCS State Office will be available to support the member in locating another suitable assignment by providing the member a list of other operative AmeriCorps VISTA projects in the state. If the member does not secure reassignment within the prescribed opportunity period, the member is terminated from AmeriCorps VISTA service for lack of suitable assignment. In some instances, such an early termination from the AmeriCorps VISTA program would be for a non-cause reason. There are no 45 CFR Part 2556 appeal rights for early termination for lack of suitable assignment. Members may grieve terminations for lack of suitable assignment under 45 CFR Part 2556;
- If removal from the project is for a reason listed above in "Early Termination for Cause," the member may appeal the early termination to establish whether such termination from AmeriCorps VISTA service is supported by sufficient evidence. Termination appeal procedures are outlined in 45 CFR Part 2556; or
- If CNCS determines that removal from the project based on a reason cited under "Early Termination for Cause" is not established by adequate evidence, CNCS will cease termination for cause proceedings and provide the member an opportunity to secure reassignment at another AmeriCorps VISTA project. If the member does not secure reassignment within the prescribed opportunity period, the member will be terminated for lack of suitable assignment.
TERMINATION FOR LACK OF SUITABLE ASSIGNMENT
EARLY TERMINATION OF A VISTA MEMBER FOR A COMPELLING PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCE
- Serious medical condition or disability of the AmeriCorps VISTA member, which prohibits the member from effectively completing his/her term of service;
- Death, critical illness, or disability of an immediate family member (spouse, domestic partner, parent, grandparent, sibling, child, or legal guardian), if this event makes completing a term unreasonably difficult or impossible; or
- Conditions attributable to either nature or the program and not to the AmeriCorps VISTA member, such as natural disaster, strike, or premature closing of a project or program, that makes completing a term unreasonably difficult or impossible.
- Fulfilling military service obligations;
- Fulfilling jury duty obligations;
- Accepting permanent employment by a member who is a recipient of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);
- Accepting another AmeriCorps or NCCC position (if VISTA member has served at least 335 days); or
- Accepting a Peace Corps Volunteer position (if VISTA member has served at least 335 days).
Types of Acceptable Documentation to Show a Compelling Personal Circumstance
- Serious medical condition or disability of the VISTA – Documentation from the treating physician or other medical provider that indicates the VISTA member is unable to continue to serve because of a serious medical condition or a disabling condition. Documentation must be on official letterhead and include the medical provider's contact information.
- Critical illness or disability of an immediate family member – Documentation from the treating physician or other medical provider that indicates an immediate family member has a critical illness or disabling condition. Documentation must be on official letterhead and include the medical provider's contact information.
- Death of an immediate family member – A copy of the death certificate, reference to a published obituary, or other official written documentation of death (e.g., copy of newspaper article).
- Fulfilling military service obligations – A copy of the VISTA member's orders to report for military service.
- Fulfilling jury duty obligations – A copy of the court notice requiring the VISTA member to report, as well as selection, for jury duty.
- Accepting employment by a member who is a recipient of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families – Documentation from the appropriate government office indicating the VISTA member is a recipient of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), as well as documentation of employment acceptance from the employer.
- Accepting another AmeriCorps or NCCC position (if the member has served at least 335 days) – Documentation of the VISTA member's acceptance into the AmeriCorps or NCCC program and the training or start date.
- Accepting a Peace Corps Volunteer position (if VISTA has served at least 335 days) – Documentation of the VISTA's acceptance into Peace Corps and the training or start date.