Community Based AmeriCorps*VISTA

Based on the desire of member campuses to support community partner organizations through the challenges of the current economic climate, fifteen AmeriCorps*VISTA members were placed full-time at community-based organizations across the state. With a proven track record of success over the past twelve years of the campus based MACC VISTA program, MACC was pleased to offer this opportunity to community-based organizations that partner with MACC member campuses. This opportunity helped support and expand the partnerships that existed between campuses and their local communities.

Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service Massachusetts State Office through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Community Based AmeriCorps*VISTA members addressed two program goals: Volunteer Coordination and Organizational Capacity Building. These members helped increase services provided to clients in the local communities.

Host Sites
Amherst Survival Center/Food Bank of Western MA
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts
Dismas House
Emmaus Inc.
Father Bills and MainSpring
The Gray House
Nuestras Raices
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc
Providence Ministries for the Needy
School on Wheels of MA
United Way of Greater New Bedford
Women’s Lunch Place

Program Statistics:

  • Recruited 2,374 volunteers
  • Provided over 19,904 hours of service
  • Raised over $190,000 in cash and in-kind resources for their organizations
  • Provided invaluable capacity building efforts including: increased outreach efforts utilizing social media, volunteer generation and management, event planning, and resource development.
  • Worked on capacity building and volunteer management initiatives, helping deliver services related to housing, hunger, education, health, and job training and placement to community members across the state.