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(NBC News)   Government shutdown delays pay for VISTA workers. They should've upgraded to 7   (inplainsight.nbcnews.com) divider line 21
    More: Misc, Vista, government shutdown, VISTA workers, man hours, stipends, psychologies, CNCS, Office of Inspector General  
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2013-10-11 12:39:12 AM  
I thought VISTA meant Volunteers In Service To America, it did at one time. They pay them now?

I guess EISTA (employees) doesn't make a spiffy word.
 
2013-10-11 12:43:17 AM  

feckingmorons: I thought VISTA meant Volunteers In Service To America, it did at one time. They pay them now?

I guess EISTA (employees) doesn't make a spiffy word.


Maybe it means Virtually In Service To America

/the pay's not very good
 
2013-10-11 06:55:15 AM  
It needs to be pointed out: this shiat didn't happen before 1980.
 
2013-10-11 07:21:41 AM  
Are the Teabaggers fapping at the news?  Never mind, I don't actually want to know.
 
2013-10-11 07:27:07 AM  

Alphax: Are the Teabaggers fapping at the news?  Never mind, I don't actually want to know.


most likely, they seem to enjoy harming others in one form or another.
 
2013-10-11 07:48:53 AM  

Alphax: Are the Teabaggers fapping at the news?  Never mind, I don't actually want to know.


They're hard at work, disrupting the government.
 
2013-10-11 08:11:45 AM  

feckingmorons: I thought VISTA meant Volunteers In Service To America, it did at one time. They pay them now?

I guess EISTA (employees) doesn't make a spiffy word.


Well, if we waited for all the independently wealthy folks to start volunteer their time like this, it wouldn't happen at all. A stipend is usually not considered the same as a normal wage or salary. Volunteers often get them just so they can continue to live while working what amounts to the same as a full time job.
 
2013-10-11 08:19:27 AM  

feckingmorons: I thought VISTA meant Volunteers In Service To America, it did at one time. They pay them now?

I guess EISTA (employees) doesn't make a spiffy word.


The people who administer the program full time probably don't do it out of the goodness of their hearts.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-10-11 08:30:04 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Alphax: Are the Teabaggers fapping at the news?  Never mind, I don't actually want to know.

They're hard at work, disrupting the government.


Are we making sure that the first packages of uninspected meat are sent to AZ, NC, Michelle Bachmann's district in Minnesota, at Texas?
 
2013-10-11 08:42:10 AM  
I'm a furloughed worker, still have to work.

funny thing is everyone in this post has been ignored but one because they are assholes.
 
2013-10-11 08:43:45 AM  
I worked for a year as a VISTA.  Pay (in 1997) was around $4/hr.  I also got a $5,000 stipend for education at the end of the year (applied it to grad school).  I had a night job so I could afford rent and gas.  I was 400 miles away from my hometown, had a cheap apartment, fuel efficient car, ate at work at night to save money, etc.  I was technically eligible for foodstamps, but I never did that... just didn't feel it was necessary or right for me to receive them.  Not complaining, it was a fun year, but I certainly felt poor.   No pay for a lot of them would be a huge issue unless they were volunteering / working in their own hometown or living with family.
 
2013-10-11 08:46:47 AM  
My brother was in VISTA, and had other jobs with the organization as well.

The problem is, these people (mostly kids out of high school) go on-site to places all over the country to do hard manual labor in impoverished communities (and parks ) and live on a pittance of a stipend while they're doing it. They have no savings to draw from, and they don't really get "paid" like the rest of us do. they get a little money to go grocery shopping for the team. They aren't getting that.
 
2013-10-11 09:06:22 AM  
Nobody saw this coming?
 
2013-10-11 09:40:56 AM  

d23: UNC_Samurai: Alphax: Are the Teabaggers fapping at the news?  Never mind, I don't actually want to know.

They're hard at work, disrupting the government.

Are we making sure that the first packages of uninspected meat are sent to AZ, NC, Michelle Bachmann's district in Minnesota, at Texas?


We were 100k votes/a shiatty governor away from voting for Obama.  Don't foist that shiat off on us.  There's hope for us.  Go after the deep red derp, like Bachmann's or Gohmert's districts.
 
2013-10-11 10:05:47 AM  
who are they kidding?  Vista never worked.
 
2013-10-11 11:24:17 AM  

whcrow: I'm a furloughed worker, still have to work.

funny thing is everyone in this post has been ignored but one because they are assholes.


I'd ask who the one is, but you'd never see the question
 
2013-10-11 11:50:07 AM  

feckingmorons: I thought VISTA meant Volunteers In Service To America, it did at one time. They pay them now?


Technically it's a "living stipend", or something similar.

I was a VISTA in the late 90s. Even with the stipend, money was really tight, and I picked up a good bit of credit card debt that year.
 
2013-10-11 12:10:34 PM  

feckingmorons: I thought VISTA meant Volunteers In Service To America, it did at one time. They pay them now?

I guess EISTA (employees) doesn't make a spiffy word.


I'm a VISTA nearing the end of my term. We make a whopping $790 a month working full time. What's kept me here is the education award which will will eliminate my student debt.
 
2013-10-11 01:19:20 PM  
I'm a volunteer GED instructor with my local library's education arm, and the reason we even get to HAVE a farking educational arm is because of grants from the Americorps VISTA program. They haven't stopped working, either, they're still plugging away making sure I've got what I need to teach classes.

In conclusion, I won't miss the Republicans when they're dead.
 
2013-10-11 02:36:42 PM  
By comparison, Peace Corps volunteers are largely unaffected by the shutdown. Peace Corps volunteers can't be left abroad without support and it simply costs too much to send them home, thus it's nearly business as usual for them.

/Peace Corps volunteer
 
2013-10-11 03:10:54 PM  
I gave some money to some of these kids on a gofundme site.

I think I was the only one :P

Lots of people seem to say they give a damn about this, but very few actually will throw 5 or 10 bucks at making sure a bunch of young people get groceries.
 
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