Taelyr Roberts: Babson College in Partnership with the Framingham Housing Authority

My VISTA year has had some pretty crazy twists and turns. That has included some downs but also major success. I have two successes that I think make for pretty cool stories. The first is that this year I assisted in expanding our Entrepreneurial Leadership Youth program offerings to include another location with the Framingham [...]


Michelle McGonagle: Framingham State University in partnership with Framingham Housing Authority

I feel like I have blinked and my first year of service with MACC VISTA has gone by. In this first year I have done many exciting, impactful things to build the capacity of various campus-community partnerships as the MACC VISTA at Framingham State University. My main focus when creating campus-community partnerships is to support [...]

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Beth King: Merrimack College in partnership with Lawrence High School

After graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2011, I had a few choices that I needed to make: 1. Try to find a job as a social services major with only a Bachelor’s Degree (good luck), 2. Apply to AmeriCorps, or 3. Apply to graduate school for social work. As a human being who describes applications [...]


Cassie Peltola: Wheaton College in Partnership with Head Start and Norton Public Schools

When I first signed up to serve as a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA in 2014 at my alma mater, Wheaton College, I initially only intended to stay on for a full year in the hopes of learning more about k-12 public education and higher education. I served as the liaison between Wheaton College, the Norton Public Schools, [...]


Gabby Peruccio: Stonehill College in Partnership with Brockton’s Promise

I cannot believe how fast time flies!  We are only four months away to our end of service and it’s been a whirlwind of an adventure these past two years. Serving in my second year as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my partnership on a much deeper level. I’ve [...]

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Patty Dawson: Middlesex Community College in Partnership with Lowell Public School and Sarah Costello: University of Massachusetts, Lowell in Partnership with Lowell High School

We are AmeriCorps*VISTAs serving in Lowell. Patty is coordinating project-based and individual service-learning for Middlesex Community College, specifically with the Bartlett Community Partnership School. Sarah is working to build the partnership between University of Massachusetts Lowell and PALS, a mentorship program at Lowell High School that helps juniors and seniors reach graduation and find post-graduate [...]


Rania Ezzo: Campus Compact

“So what do you do again, exactly?” hears the MACC VISTA over and over. Our work is not exactly a simple thing to explain. Because there are many layers: We alleviate poverty. We focus on student success. We integrate service learning, community leadership and civic engagement into partnership initiatives. We enhance programs, synthesize, track, implement, [...]

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Terrell James: Western New England University in Partnership with John J. Duggan Academy

Justice is how I ended up here. Justice and I have a long history. As far back as I can remember I have always believed in Justice and have dedicated myself to it. However, my thinking about justice has evolved throughout the years. This is of course reflective of what my goals were as I [...]

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Taisha White: Mount Ida College in Partnership with Urban Science Academy

Wow! These past months have been an adventure! From recently, crossing the stage in May to returning to serve as a MACC*VISTA at my alma mater Mount Ida College in August. Making the choice of dedicating my life to a year of service was not an easy choice by far. However, it has been inspirational [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Alumni Spotlight: Karen Lynch

Name: Karen Lynch (a.k.a. Lynchie, Lynchinator, Lynchmeister, Lovin’ Little Lynchbug…) When did you serve as a MACC VISTA? 2000-2003 Where did you serve? I served as a MACC VISTA from 2000-2001 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and as a VISTA Leader from MACC HQ from 2001-2003. What did you do immediately after your VISTA year? After [...]


Marlene Mendez: Regis College and Bethany Hill School

My name is Marlene Mendez and I have been at Regis College for a total of 6 years and 10 months. I am the third year VISTA this year at the Massachusetts Campus Compact VISTA Program. I have remained with my community partner the Bethany Hill School for my three years as a MACC VISTA, because [...]


Tsekai English: Wheelock College, Mattahunt Elementary School, & Mattahunt Community Center

I serve as the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA at Wheelock College partnering with the Mattahunt Elementary School and the Mattahunt Community Center which are both housed in the same building. At the school my role is to support and improve the school’s communication with families. At the community center my primary role is to academically support the [...]


Talia Abner: Brandeis University and the Prospect Hill Community Center

Since this fall, I have worked at Brandeis University to support the new Prospect Hill Community Center, a job that entails a variety of constantly evolving responsibilities. As a MACC VISTA at Brandeis and Prospect Hill I am confronted with daily trials and tribulations including experimenting with methods for volunteer nametag organization, finding the best [...]


Courtney Campbell: Cape Cod Community College, Centerville Elementary School & West Hyannis Elementary School

Wow! What an adventure this year has been. Picking up everything and moving from Ohio to the east coast in a whirlwind has proven to be the most challenging, and rewarding, experience of my life. As a MACC VISTA at Cape Cod Community College, I have truly learned the importance of communication within a campus and [...]

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John Day: Mount Wachusett Community College and the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster

I serve as the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster (B&GC). My job is to create a leadership corps (Student Volunteer Liaisons) that will be placed at the Boys & Girls Club. MWCC has been partnering with the B&GC for over [...]

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Shawn Fleurie: Lasell College & St. Patrick School

Committing to a year a service through Massachusetts Campus Compact at Lasell College has been an absolute honor. It has been a unique and rewarding experience to not only call Lasell College my alma mater, but my work as well. I have been embraced as a leader on campus as the Lasell College VISTA; it [...]

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Cassie Peltola: Wheaton College & Norton Public Schools

Since September 2014, I have had the pleasure of working as a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA as the Education Partnership Specialist for the Office of Service, Spirituality, and Social Responsibility at my alma mater, Wheaton College. My primary role as the Education Partnership Specialist at Wheaton College is to work closely with our community partners to identify, [...]


Alyssa McBride: Bay Path University, The Gray House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The Walking School Bus

I am very privileged to be a MACC VISTA this year. My role at Bay Path University is to connect campus resources with our community partners. I coordinate student volunteers with different community partners in Springfield. These projects include walking elementary students to school, mentoring middle school students with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and tutoring [...]


Laura Clampitt: Smith College and the Kensington International Baccalaureate School

This is my first year serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. I am m working with Smith College and the Kensington International Baccalaureate School in Springfield to develop a program to engage refugee families. Starting this position in November, I was nervous that I was starting separately from my MACC buddies. However, the other VISTAs and VISTA [...]


Bethany Strohm: Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Boston Public Schools

I am currently serving at my alma mater, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in partnership with Boston Public schools. At MassArt, I work with an after-school/summer program called Artward Bound. Artward Bound is a four year college access program in the arts that provides art classes and academic support for BPS students. As an [...]