MACC AmeriCorps VISTA

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]