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AmeriCorps VISTA


Established in 2007 through a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the ORCC AmeriCorps VISTA program enables colleges and universities to address issues facing low-income communities through high quality service-learning and community service programs that empower students to be change agents in their communities. VISTA members are placed on campuses to develop service-learning programs, build relationships and partnerships between their institution and the surrounding community, manage service-related events, coordinate programs that engage students in community service, and increase the level of civic engagement on their campuses. 

Program Goals
  • Cultivate partnerships with community-based organizations that address the needs of low-income individuals.
  • Work with faculty and staff to create and coordinate service-learning courses.
  • Plan and implement campus service days.
  • Conduct presentations and meetings with faculty, students, and community members to increase awareness of service-learning and community engagement.
  • Recruit, train, and place student volunteers.
  • Provide leadership development, training, support, and reflection activities for student volunteers.
  • Build the capacity for campuses to create sustainable service programming and partnerships that address poverty.
VISTA Members
  • Develop service-learning programs. 
  • Build relationships and partnerships between their institution and the surrounding community.
  • Implement campus-wide service days. 
  • Coordinate programs that engage students in community service. 
  • Increase the level of civic engagement on campuses. 
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