MACC AmeriCorps VISTA

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MA AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Celebration

To all current and former MACC VISTAs: Please join Massachusetts service champions, AmeriCorps members and alumni, elected officials, and friends of national service as we celebrate 20 years of making great things happen in Massachusetts. The program will include a national swearing-in and re-commitment to service ceremony for AmeriCorps members and alumni, in conjunction with [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Lindsey Rogers

If you asked me what my plans were for after college graduation a little over a year ago, without hesitation I would have told you that I would be working as a research assistant in a neuropsychology research lab. With this is mind, you may be wondering how I ended up spending the last 8 [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: 2nd year, Carter McClintock

Last year I faced a decision, what do I do after my term as a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA is over? To me the answer was clear, I wanted to continue to serve at Western New England University, and so I decided to pursue a second year as a VISTA. Though this was an easy decision for [...]

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From AmeriCorps Job Ready to MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA: defining what it means to volunteer

“Knowing that you are helping to create a peaceful world and a safer planet is only a fraction of the pride that a volunteer should feel every time they lend a helping hand. To volunteer; is to contribute your goodness and works to humanity unselfishly, without seeking any rewards.” ~Author Unknown My journey as a [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Sierra Raimondi

As we hit the half-way mark in our year of service, I’m struck by how fast the time has gone by. I came to the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program with the hope of gaining experience working in a nonprofit environment, with exposure to both a university and community partner setting. My role as MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA has [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Lindsey Miller

  In my six months as a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA at Brandeis University, I have had countless students inquire about the VISTA experience, wondering if it’s a post-graduation option that they want to pursue.  They email, call, pull me aside after student leadership meetings, and set up coffee chats. They explain their interests, their experiences, their [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Amanda Schuler

My name is Amanda Schuler and I am a second year Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps *VISTA with Berkshire Community College. Over the past few months I have been working hard in the Service-Learning office with the Berkshire United Way and in the Pittsfield Public Schools to strengthen these community partnerships, expand on projects I began [...]

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International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Conference 2013 Personal Highlights

This year the IARSLCE was hosted in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference concentrated on many tracks related to service learning and civic engagement ranging from student-focused projects to community partner relationships. It was inspiring to see so many practitioners, faculty, students, and community partners presenting their work from across the globe. Aside from being extremely organized, [...]

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“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”: A MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA’s reflection on the first few months of her service

The past couple of months at Cape Cod Community College have been a whirlwind of activity. I’m cast as the Judy Garland of Massachusetts and I find myself looking around muttering, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That isn’t to suggest that my time hasn’t been spent productively. We live in exciting times [...]

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Tisch College: Strengthening Partnerships with Local Schools

Erica Satin-Hernandez is working at the Lincoln Filene Center for Community Partnerships, which is housed in the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Erica’s primary community partners are Medford High School and the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston Chinatown. Located in the city of Medford, Medford High School is a [...]

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A Meaningful & Evolving Partnership: Lesley University & Tutoring Plus

The Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps*VISTA program finds its strength in the meaningful and intentional campus-community partnerships.  The intricate process of selecting the community partner and developing a plan to utilize the VISTA is a vital step in the organizational model. My partnership between Lesley University and Tutoring Plus has engaged me as a liaison [...]

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A Partnership that is Beneficial for both Worcester State and Tatnuck Magnet School

The after school program is a partnership between Worcester State University and Tatnuck Magnet School. We are committed to building a better community, engaging and preparing our students to be exceptional citizens while serving their community. Worcester State University’s motto is “Change the way the world works”, our goal is for our students to take [...]

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Continuing to Build Capacity at Western New England University

MACC AmeriCorps*VISTAs serve a dual role on college campuses; we coordinate with community partners and leverage college resources to work with those community partners while providing students with leadership and service opportunities. As I shift my focus from developing partnerships and instituting trainings to making those initiatives sustainable I find the focus of my work [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Emma Cantrell

  “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Tim Krumreig

My journey to the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program started when I joined the Bonner Scholars Program at Oberlin College. The Bonner Scholars Program is a 4 year, community service scholarship program that provides low-income students the opportunity and support to be community service leaders on the Oberlin College campus and local community. Over my four years [...]

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Wheaton College and local schools tutoring and mentoring programs at work

As the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Education Partnership Specialist between Wheaton College and the Norton Public Schools, I focus my time on building the relationship between the college and the local community while leveraging higher education resources. Prior to my role, two Wheaton students created a tutoring program at Norton High School. Unfortunately, the program worked for [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Monica Freeland

Nearly two years ago, I chose to leave one form of public service to embrace a new service journey, as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA.  Not only has being MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA, given me the opportunity to serve within and amongst individuals that also call Western Massachusetts home, but also the chance to be a part [...]

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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Spotlight: Sarah Chafe

Choosing to be a MACC AmeriCorps* VISTA is one of the best decisions I have made so far. After I graduated from Lesley University I didn’t think I would be so passionate about community service and I certainly didn’t think that I would be back at Lesley growing that passion. I love my work on [...]

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Where Did the Time Go?

Where did the time go?  I can’t believe it has already been close to a year since I began my adventure as a MACC AmeriCorp*VISTA.   Although time flew by, I am grateful for the partnerships and relationships my role as an Education Partnership Specialist at Wheaton College led  me to build. As I reflect about [...]

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Community Partner Profile: Bunker Hill Community College and the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County

In 2010, the Office of Community Engagement at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) began a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County (BGCMC) in the hopes of providing BGCMC with student volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors to the club members. BGCMC, which includes four area clubs, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville and [...]