Sheldine Jean-Baptiste: UMass Boston and the Walter Denney Center

Sometimes I forget that I have been serving with AmeriCorps for four years; two of which I served as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA. My first year with MACC I served at Lasell College in partnership with the South Boston Boys & Girls Club. For my second year, I am serving with University of Massachusetts [...]


Sarah Jane Huber: Wellesley College and Saint Stephen’s Youth Programs

When people ask me what I do and where I work, I can give several different answers: I’m doing a year of service as a Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps*VISTA; I am a staff member on the service team at Wellesley College’s Center for Work and Service (CWS); I am a part of the College [...]

Diana Estime

Diana Estime: Lesley University and Tutoring Plus

My name is Diana Estime and I am the MACC VISTA/ Community Engagement Coordinator at Lesley University, partnering with Tutoring Plus in Cambridge, MA. Tutoring Plus is a nonprofit that provides tutoring and enrichment programming to Cambridge youth. Recently, Tutoring Plus has undergone a number of transitions causing my tasks to vary. One consistent task [...]

Kevin Maloney

Kevin Moloney : Northern Essex Community College and Lawrence High School

Throughout the past four months, I have been fortunate enough to serve in the Lawrence Community as an active civic engagement advocate at Northern Essex Community College, as well as in my role as a coordinator to the Lawrence High School for Health and Human Services partnership. Growing up in Lowell, just two towns over [...]

Alyssa McEachran

Alyssa McEachran: Merrimack College and Lawrence High School

My name is Alyssa McEachran and I am currently working in the Lawrence to College project, a partnership between Lawrence High School and Merrimack College. The partnership is held in the Business, Finance, and Management School and the Human Leadership and Development Academy of Lawrence High School, and in the School of Education at Merrimack [...]

Molly Crouser

Molly Crouser: Saying Goodbye and Completing a Term of Service

Nothing has been normal about my MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA position and I would not have it any other way! As I began my journey last November, a few clear questions influenced my start: Are the other kids in the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Program going to like me? Will my partnerships be a good fit? Am I going [...]


Veronica Quiles: UMASS Amherst and Student Bridges

My name is VQ, and although I am a second year MACC AmeriCorps VISTA, this is my fifth year being a part of Student Bridges, a predominantly undergraduate student run agency at UMASS Amherst. My first year with Student Bridges was being a student in their yearlong service-learning course: Learning Through Community Engagement. This course combines a two-hour [...]


Richard Rozewski: MassArt and sparc! The ArtMobile

I came to serve as a MACC AmeriCorps VISTA through the process of deciding between pursuing further education or seeking work. I was accepted to the California College of the Arts (CCA) for a Masters of Architecture program and had to choose between that and the VISTA position in Boston- both were wonderful opportunities and [...]

Gabby Peruccio

Gabby Peruccio: Stonehill College and Brockton’s Promise

As a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA at my alma mater, Stonehill College, it is amazing to be back on the campus that I have grown to know over the past four years. I have been welcomed back into the community with open arms and feel so fortunate to be able to continue working with former professors, mentors [...]

Kelsey Hopkins

Kelsey Hopkins: Worcester State University at the Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School

I chose to serve with The John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at my alma mater Worcester State University because I believe in the benefits of the partnership between the University and Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School. I love connecting with the college students, my former classmates, to share in my passion for community engagement [...]

Elena Bilodeau

Elena Bilodeau: STEM Learning with Middlesex Community College and Lowell

In our 21st Century society, it has become increasingly important for our students to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The partnership between the Service Learning Department at Middlesex Community College (MCC) and the Bartlett Community Partnership School in Lowell, Massachusetts addresses [...]

Kelly Nguyen

Kelly Nguyen: Tufts, Boston, and Medford Public Schools, Partnerships for STEM Education

This year I have the pleasure of serving as the MACC AmeriCorps* VISTA for Tufts University. I work with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Center of STEM Diversity. Tisch College supports STEM education because it stands as an integral part of our society and it is important to [...]


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 [...]

Lindsey Rogers

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 [...]


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 [...]

Kat Craigen

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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]