AmeriCorps VISTA COVID-19 Response Efforts

Nonprofits and community groups around the state are coming together to find creative solutions to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. CRC places 32 VISTA members around the state annually. They are supporting the response efforts taking place at their organizations in a variety of ways including: providing call center support; doing research and updating systems; finding emergency funding; outreach to constituents regarding COVID-19 updates; and more.

We are so proud of our members for their adaptability in this time and their continued commitment to getting things done for our communities.

Member Spotlights

Mara Gwin at Lake County Build a Generation

1) Her volunteer coordination work right now is mostly around coordinating community volunteers who can help with community needs, particularly around food access.

(2) Her information gathering/capacity building work has shifted partly to helping gather and disseminate community resources to community members.

We also received a call from our local food distribution center. They wanted Mara to help coordinate food distribution one day a week, to step in for a volunteer who needs to self-isolate. Per the guidance from AmeriCorps, we think this falls in line with “limited direct service for 30 days to support low-income populations.” She will start this work at the end of this week.

Molly Mello at Mesa County Public Health

I have been working on the COVID-19 response team by manning the call center for the COVID-19 Hotline. I take calls from the community regarding questions and concerns while also screening and scheduling individuals for testing. We

were in a call center that has now transitioned to telecommunicating so my couch/living room is now my office( because it’s the only place in my house with an ether cable for the land line).

I have also have been meeting with the Fruita Youth Action Council virtually and we were able to launch our Instagram page @frutia_youth_action_council which aims to promote healthy, pro-social events and positive messaging.

Rural AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Providing affordable resources and access to national service members for nonprofits in Colorado’s rural communities

More than 5,100 nonprofit organizations operate within rural Colorado. These organizations play an important role in improving the quality of life in Colorado’s communities and provide services that alleviate poverty, addressing everything from transitional housing to early childhood education to strengthening local food systems. In order to build the capacity of rural nonprofits to more effectively address key factors that influence poverty in our state’s communities and further mission impact, CRC provides a limited number of AmeriCorps VISTA members to our rural nonprofit partners across the state.

Our AmeriCorps VISTA program provides national service members who deliver indirect services to build the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of nonprofit organizations.

Program Goals:

Grow Organizational Capacity: Nonprofits and community groups in rural Colorado grow in organizational capacity and gain additional resources to accomplish their missions.

Provide Professional Development: VISTA members have a positive experience during which they increase in ability and gain valuable insight for future studies and employment.

Alleviate Poverty: Persistent poverty in rural Colorado is reduced.

Please click for more information about how to serve, how to host, who our current host sites and members are and how to get involved in our VISTA Alumni Network.

How to Host

Are you a rural-based organization interested in hosting a VISTA member in your community? Click here to learn more about the host site application process, requirements, cost and the timeline to apply!

How to Serve

Are you looking for a way to get involved in Colorado’s vibrant nonprofit sector and have an interest in national service? Click here to learn more about our open VISTA positions, benefits of serving through CRC’s VISTA program, who our current members and how to apply to serve! Apply for one of our positions today to begin your VISTA term this spring or summer.

VISTA Voices

Curious about what VISTA members do to impact Colorado’s diverse communities? Our VISTA members serve in organizations in Denver and across Colorado, all focused on addressing an array of issues areas. Check out our VISTA Voices blog to hear directly from our VISTA members about their greatest accomplishments and why they choose to serve.

VISTA Alumni Network

Are you an Alumni of CRC’s VISTA program or interested in learning about where our VISTA members end up after their term of service? We have several opportunities for our Alumni to stay involved with CRC and inform the future of our Rural AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Click here to learn more about our alumni engagement opportunities.

For more information, please contact:

Megan Carter, AmeriCorps Programs Coordinator
303.623.1540 X146 or email hidden; JavaScript is required