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The Three P's

Policies, Procedures, and Prohibited activities related to the WACC VISTA program

Michael Valente

on 14 September 2016

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Transcript of The Three P's

The Three P's
Who should I talk to?
Your Supervisor
VISTA Program Manager (Linnea)
VISTA Member Support Unit
AmeriCorps State Program Specialist
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
President Obama
Drug Free Work Place
Prohibited Activities
Performing services or duties that have been performed by or were assigned to any of the following:
Presently employed worker
Employee who recently resigned or was discharged
Employee who is subject to a reduction in force or who has recall rights pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement or applicable personnel procedures;
Employee who is on leave (terminal, temporary, vacation, emergency or sick); or
Employee who is on strike or is being locked out.

TL; DR - VISTAs aren't a substitute for regular employees
Organizing a letter-writing campaign to congress
Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office
Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials
Voter registration drives
Organizing or participating in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes
Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing
Engage in religious instruction, conduct worship services, provide instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship

TL; DR - Don't participate in political or religious activity while representing VISTA
Prohibited Activities
In accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited by the Program.
Alcohol and drug abuse adversely affects health, service performance, creates dangerous situations and serves to undermine the community’s confidence in the AmeriCorps program.
Therefore, the Program prohibits illegal drug or alcohol abuse on the part of its Members. The Site Supervisor, Program Grant Manager and/or other administrative staff may require Members to submit to drug testing as a condition of selection or when there is reasonable suspicion of drug use.
If an AmeriCorps Member is arrested for or convicted of a drug offense, the Member must notify their Site Supervisor and Grant Manager in writing within five days. The Program will take appropriate action including suspension and referral to a drug rehabilitation program, or release for cause consistent with the CNCS rules on termination and suspension of service.
Team Communication
Medical Coverage
Administered by International Medical Group (IMG)
Food Benefits
Commonly referred to EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)
WACC can write you a letter as well.
Limitation on VISTA Fraternization
Inappropriate relationships between AmeriCorps VISTA members and the staff members are prohibited.

“Staff” includes both volunteer and contracted personnel of the Corporation, sponsoring organization, and project site.

Inappropriate relationships are those that compromise, or appear to compromise, supervisory authority or could result in preferential treatment. Relationships are prohibited if they appear to involve the improper use of rank or position for personal gain.
Examples of such “non-professional” relationships include, but are not limited to:

Nonprofessional relationships between a Corporation State Office staff member assigned to monitor or oversee a project, and an AmeriCorps VISTA member or Leader of that project.

Nonprofessional relationships between an AmeriCorps VISTA supervisor and an AmeriCorps VISTA member the supervisor oversees.

Nonprofessional relationships between an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader and an AmeriCorps VISTA member the Leader guides. Such relationships are strictly prohibited. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including removal.
Ensure we have the right one
Check it!
(junk folder too)
'VISTA' Issue
'Site' Issue
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