Think Tank, in cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), has developed a state-wide project as a way to expand the capacity of organizations to provide services to Ohioans in poverty. As an intermediary organization, TTI serves as the project sponsor for various AmeriCorps VISTA projects statewide, providing ongoing program management and technical assistance to its partner organizations. As the lead agency, TTI has demonstrated the capacity to serve as a mentor agency for other community- based and grassroots organizations, offering these agencies an opportunity to increase their capacity and develop sustainable programs that would otherwise not be available.
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The TTI AmeriCorps VISTA project maintains an emphasis on addressing the root causes of poverty and systemic barriers to those in poverty. TTI utilizes VISTA members to increase the capacity of anti-poverty community based organizations to deliver services to low-income individuals in Ohio in a variety of ways including the development of anti-poverty programs, volunteer recruitment, resource development, and more.