How to Serve as a VISTA Member

Are you interested in National Service? Would you like to make a difference in one of Colorado’s many vibrant communities? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the nonprofit sector and build skills to further your professional and/or educational goals?

Serving as a VISTA is a great way to gain tangible skills in nonprofit administration, network with local, regional and state leaders and learn more about a new community. CRC has several positions open for summer 2019 start dates. We are looking for VISTAs to serve in either CRC’s Denver-based office or in one of our rural-based host sites. Please read below to learn more about CRC’s VISTA program and our open positions.

What are the benefits of serving through CRC’s VISTA program?

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will:

  • Gain indirect service experience and skills in nonprofit best practices
  • Serve a full-time for one year at a host site organization in rural Colorado
  • Receive an annual living stipend and eligibility to access to healthcare and child care
  • Upon completion of service will be eligible to receive education award of $6,095 or end-of-year stipend of $1,800
  • Attend CRC member orientation at the beginning of your term and have access to free professional development opportunities throughout the year
  • Gain free access to the Colorado Grants Guide platform to support your grant research and grantwriting efforts.
  • Receive ongoing coaching, guidance and support from CRC staff and VISTA Leaders
  • Become part of a statewide network of national service members and build lasting relationships in our state’s vibrant communities

I’m ready to serve! How do I apply?

Start by exploring all of our open positions by clicking the button below. Identify positions that are of interest to you and submit your application directly through My.AmeriCorps.gov

Once you submit your application a CRC VISTA Leader will reach out to set up an initial interview. We then invite selected candidates to participate in a second and final interview with the site supervisor to ensure a good fit with the organization. Many of our positions are competitive, so please submit your application early!

If you have questions about the application process or one of our posted positions, please reach out to VISTA Leader, Joseph Hawkins at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 303-623-1540 x180

Learn about our current VISTA Members!

Megan Carter

Title: Rural Outreach and Research Associate
Host Site: Community Resource Center
Location: Denver, CO

Member Bio

Joseph earned his B.S. in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. For most of his college career, he was a peer mentor and volunteer coordinator for his fellow students. He has always had an interest in helping communities become healthier and more prosperous. He completed a previous AmeriCorps VISTA year with Center for Health Progress, where he provided health, education, immigration, and other resources for the community organizers located in Fort Morgan and Pueblo, Colorado. His work also focused on eliminating the barriers to timely, quality, and affordable health care that affect many Coloradans today. Joseph looks forward to providing support to the various VISTA’s located across the state with hopes that their VISTA years will be worthwhile and invaluable

Joseph Hawkins

Title: VISTA Leader
Host Site: Community Resource Center
Location: Denver, CO

Member Bio

Joseph earned his B.S. in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. For most of his college career, he was a peer mentor and volunteer coordinator for his fellow students. He has always had an interest in helping communities become healthier and more prosperous. He completed a previous AmeriCorps VISTA year with Center for Health Progress, where he provided health, education, immigration, and other resources for the community organizers located in Fort Morgan and Pueblo, Colorado. His work also focused on eliminating the barriers to timely, quality, and affordable health care that affect many Coloradans today. Joseph looks forward to providing support to the various VISTA’s located across the state with hopes that their VISTA years will be worthwhile and invaluable

Matthew Spencer

Title: Outreach Coordinator
Host Site: Families Plus
Location: Delta, CO

Member Bio

Matt grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a BA in History. He is now serving his VISTA year at Families Plus in Delta, Colorado. Matt hopes to take the skills he learns while serving and continue work to help strengthen communities. When not in the office Matt can be found climbing, hiking, or rafting in the Rockies.

Hope Mazeika

Title: Early Childhood Systems Building VISTA
Host Site: Grand Beginnings
Location: Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

Member Bio

Hope is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania where she studied Environmental Science. Since she was 15, Hope has worked with summer camps as a counselor and mentor for younger children. After graduating from Pitt, Hope decided to take her education and experiences to the other side of the country and accepted the opportunity to serve in Grand County, Colorado as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. For the next year she will be working with Grand Beginnings to help rural parents and educators make strong choices regarding their child’s early education. In her spare time Hope enjoys hiking, listening to music, and volunteering with animals.

Katelyn Kerker

Title: Donor and Volunteer Engagement VISTA
Host Site: Community Resource Center
Location: Denver, CO

Member Bio

Katie is originally from a small rural town south of Buffalo, NY. and earned her M.A. in International Development with a focus on Conflict Resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding from the University of Denver in 2018. Prior to moving to Denver, Katie was the Program Coordinator for the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, which educates Western New York youth on social justice and world issues while providing the students with the tools needed to ignite change in their communities. Katie also has 10 years of experience working within academic and public libraries. Working at her local public library throughout high school and college exposed her to the issues rural communities (especially her own) have accessing information and services and how important libraries and their services are to every community. Katie is excited to bring what she has learned in her hometown to CRC for her year of service. When she’s not working you can find Katie exploring the shelves at her local library to find her next great read, hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains with her dog, Clutch, or riding horses and learning to barrel race at her friend’s ranch.

Ashley Kumburis

Title: Food Security Program Coordinator
Host Site: Mountain Roots Food Project
Location: Gunnison, CO

Member Bio

Ashley Kumburis is a recent grad from Western Colorado University with a Masters degree in Environmental Management. She loves the outdoors and spends her free time hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, or hunting. She’s a big animal lover and has adopted a dog, cat, and mixed flock of ducks and chickens into her family. She’s currently based in Gunnison, Colorado with Mountain Roots Food Project. There, she’s the Food Security Program Coordinator helping to fight the war on hunger in the valley. She works to teach people how to provide for their own food needs through education, aggregate donations from backyard gardeners and distributors for their free CSA styled boxes, teaching cooking classes for families on a budget, and collaborating with other organizations and working groups. She’s most excited to pilot new programs and adapt current ones to meet the never-ending demand for the services MRFP provides.

Maddie Interdonato

Title: Outreach and Marketing Associate
Host Site: Alpine Achievers Initiative
Location: Salida, CO

Member Bio

Maddie is originally from the east coast, finally making her way to the mountains after receiving her B.S. in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University. In the pursuit of a career that is outdoor-oriented, she found Alpine Achievers Initiative, and is now serving her second year with them, this time as a VISTA. This program has such a great impact on children in the San Luis Valley and Maddie can’t wait to help develop this amazing program further.

Anna-Claire Griffin

Title: Community Outreach Coordinator
Host Site: Summit School District Pre-Collegiate Program
Location: Frisco, CO

Member Bio

Anna is from Iuka, Mississippi. She earned her B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). During college she worked in the Campus Recreation department for intramurals as referee, supervisor, and program assistant. When she was not at school or working, she was the president of the Special Olympics College at Ole Miss.  For her service year, she looks forward to accumulating more volunteers for the Pre-Collegiate program of Summit School District and building capacity within the program. Her goal is to have all of their first-generation seniors attend college.

Amanda Falkner

Title: Community Engagement Coordinator
Host Site: Rio Grande Farm Park
Location: Alamosa, CO

Member Bio

Amanda Falkner is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, graduating with a degree in Community and International Development, and a double minor in Food Systems and Nutrition and Food Sciences. Amanda is originally from Rochester, NY, but is serving in Alamosa, CO, working as the Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA for the Rio Grande Farm Park. A few fun facts about Amanda: she loves dogs and loves the outdoors!

Lexis Reid

Title: Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Host Site: Domestic Violence Services at Hilltop Community Resources
Location: Montrose, CO

Member Bio

Lexis serves at Hilltop Resource Center working within a department focused on eliminating domestic and sexual violence in Grand Junction, Colorado. Lexis recently graduated college with a BA in Family Studies and joined AmeriCorps to take some time to explore career possibilities before starting to work on an Social Work degree.

Liza Cooney

Title: Program Associate
Host Site: Bright Futures
Location: Telluride, CO

Member Bio

Liza is from Falmouth, ME. She just graduated in May from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she studied psychology with a minor in biology. With her psych major, she’s currently interested in pursuing nonprofit work or public health. Although there are all sorts of areas within nonprofit work that she likes, one of her top interests is early childhood education. That is why she is super excited to be to serving with Bright Futures as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Outside of work, she loves to play sports such as soccer, running, and Nordic skiing. She also enjoys music and spending time outdoors. She is grateful for this opportunity and is excited to volunteer with AmeriCorps VISTA.

Mairenie Durán

Title: Statewide Social Media Associate
Host Site: Community Resource Center
Location: Denver, CO

Member Bio

Mairenie is originally from Bronx, NY. As a first generation American, she grew up in South Florida where she became a first-generation college student at Miami-Dade College. She received her A.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism, and later attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and obtained a B.S. in Social Sciences with minors in Mass Communication, Sociology, and Women & Gender Studies. Before serving for AmeriCorps, Mairenie was a Fundraising and Membership volunteer for WUCF TV (PBS), an Ambassador for UCF Cares, participated in prior digital media internships and served as a Campus Organizer for It’s On Us. She enjoys enhancing her media literacy skills while using them to assist the community. She plans on attending graduate school in the near future to obtain a master’s degree pertaining to media and globalization so she can continue to use media to help others.

Hannah Rose

Title: Outreach and Impact Associate
Host Site: Community Resource Center
Location: Denver, CO

Member Bio

Hannah is from a suburb Northwest of Chicago and graduated from the University of Denver in 2018 with a degree in International Studies and minors in Public Policy and French. As an undergraduate, Hannah spent the majority of her time working to end sexual violence on DU’s campus. She managed policy and strengthened education and advocacy efforts as the Executive Secretary of Collegiate Gender Violence Topics for the undergraduate student population. She was also a Violence Prevention Peer Educator for the DU Health and Counseling Center for three years, training community members in bystander intervention. Before becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Hannah was also an Outreach Fellow at New Era Colorado. When she’s not at work she can be found playing with her roommate’s dogs, spending time with her loved ones and exploring everything that Colorado has to offer.  Hannah is looking forward to being able to integrate her skills in community outreach and program development to assist the communities who need it most in the state she calls her second home.

Halle Leganza

Title: Community Engagement Coordinator
Host Site: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Location: Cortez, CO

Member Bio

Halle is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in American Sign Language Interpreting from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. There, she became the first recipient of the Adam Hayden Philosophy Scholarship (a community created and funded award) which allowed her to continue to be involved in the academics she values most. With the scholarship’s aid she was able to continue a language-based education that sparked a deep interest in creating access for communities that may typically be overlooked. As an AmeriCorps VISTA she hopes to create similar opportunities for all students to receive enriching and quality educational experiences. During her downtime she can be found tearing through a good book, or enjoying anything the outdoors has to offer.

Kyle Tijerina

Title: Program Associate
Host Site: La Plata Youth Services
Location: Durango, CO

Member Bio

Aleticia Kyle Tijerina began her service year with La Plata Youth Services in beautiful Durango, Colorado, a mountain town over 7600 feet above sea level in the San Juan mountain range. As a Program Associate, Kyle will be focusing her attention on development and volunteer recruitment. Besides a career in public service, Kyle is a spoken word artist and hopes to find ways to make her art therapeutic for youth and community members who need a means to express grief in healthy ways and overcome obstacles in their lives. Kyle is proud of her mixed race identity. “On my maternal side, I am affiliated with the Odawa/Potawatomi and Wyandotte nations and on my paternal side, I am Coahuiltecan, my family living in the San Antonio, Texas area for centuries.”

Rebecca Favero

Title: Program Development Assistant
Host Site: La Plata Collaborative Management Program
Location: Durango, CO

Member Bio

Rebecca Favero is originally from Minnesota but has been based in the Durango/Mancos, CO area for the last five years. The majority of her professional experience has been spent working with at risk youth struggling with their mental and emotional health in various capacities such as addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, where Rebecca previously worked, is a completely outdoor, holistic program that focuses on using communication skills, mindfulness practices, healthy eating, primitive skills/wilderness survival skills, and community/connection as the template for the healing journey of the youth. She has also worked as an herbalist and a doula. Rebecca loves all plants, walking in the woods, making music, and connecting with those dear to her. She’s excited to work with La Plata Youth Services and to be of service to the youth and their families in the La Plata community.

Nicole Rodriguez

Title: Community and Resource Development Associate
Host Site: La Puente Home Inc.
Location: Alamosa, CO

Member Bio

Nicole Rodriguez is originally from San Antonio Texas. She is a graduate from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. She Majored in Art and minored in Mass Communication. While in college Nicole was in service organizations and worked at the college radio station. Nicole also went on service trip to Costa Rica and after that she knew she wanted to work for a non-profit. Nicole is excited to work as a VISTA at La Puente Home Inc. and to use her Mass Communication skills she learned in college. When she is not working Nicole looks forward to exploring Colorado, crafting, and taking photos.

John Arenas

Title: Communication and Development Assistant
Host Site: Hispanic Affairs Project
Location: Montrose, CO

Member Bio

John arrived in Montrose, Colorado in February 2019 to serve as a VISTA with the Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP), where he will be assisting with communications and development. He is looking forward to expanding the efforts of HAP to engage with the Hispanic community, and promoting the integration of the Hispanic community in Western Colorado. Originally from Baltimore, John studied journalism at the University of Maryland. He has worked as an English teacher in Spain and Argentina, and has also worked in communications for a Baltimore-based web design company. In his free time he is looking forward to exploring the natural beauty of the area surrounding Montrose.

Melinda McFarland

Title: Development Coordinator
Host Site: San Luis Valley Great Outdoors
Location: Alamosa, CO

Member Bio

Melinda McFarland has spent the last eight years as a seasonal national park ranger traveling and working across the United States. She has enjoyed exploring and teaching others about the caves of Utah, the Arizona desert, the swamps of Louisiana, the coast of Maine and is excited to be back in the place she calls home: the west. While working for the National Park Service, she saw firsthand what public lands and the outdoors mean to people and wanted to get more involved in helping underserved communities gain access to the benefits of outdoor recreation. She is excited to be serving as the Development Coordinator for San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, whose mission is to develop a long term plan for trails and outdoor recreation for the San Luis Valley. As a VISTA member, Melinda is excited to promote and increase access to the recreational opportunities close to the communities she serves. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys the outdoors through hiking, exploring, and often behind a pair of binoculars watching birds. On lazier days she embraces being a cat lady to three adorable cats and is learning to bake in the high altitude of Colorado.

Margaret Morgan

Title: Fundraising, Outreach and Event Coordinator
Host Site: Mountain Roots Food Project
Location: Gunnison, CO

Member Bio

Margaret grew up in North Carolina, where she was lucky enough to have a garden in her yard, and a love for food and spending time outdoors was fostered. After graduating from Florida State University with majors in Advertising and Studio Art, she has spent her time leading a variety of outdoor education trips of all kinds, including ski instructing in Colorado, and leading backpacking trips in Wyoming and Iceland. She supplemented her outdoor instructing life with remote graphic design and marketing work. She is passionate about providing experiential education in many forms to students of all ages and finding more sustainable ways of living. Margaret is a  lover of skiing, climbing, and pottery. She landed in Gunnison after a year facilitating outdoor education and leading expeditions based in Yangshuo, China. She is working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Mountain Roots Food Project as the Fundraising, Outreach, and Events Coordinator, and is excited to be involved in creating a healthier and more localized food system.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Swan, Volunteer Engagement Manager
303.623.1540 X160 or email hidden; JavaScript is required