AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national program in which volunteers apply their skills by designing sustainable anti-poverty programs in low-income communities. In order to more effectively understand the needs of their constituents and anti-poverty work, VISTAs receive a monthly subsistence living allowance set slightly above poverty level. To learn more, visit the VISTA website.

Maine Campus Compact VISTAs spend a year of service on college campuses in Maine. Their service entails: collaborating with students, faculty, staff and community partners to develop programming on campuses focused on improving college aspirations, increasing the belief that college is an option, and increasing access to higher education for low-income K-12 youth. Members of the MCC VISTA team serve in a wide variety of communities on campuses of all types — small and large, public and private — in all corners of the state. They meet regularly throughout the year for training and networking.

Our program is part of the Northern New England Campus Compact VISTA collaboration which includes state affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The collaboration is based on a mutual interest in supporting service focused on anti-poverty measures at the more than 60 colleges and universities in our collective membership.

We currently have eight host sites in Maine:

VISTA 2017-2018 Host Site Application (*)

VISTA 2017-2018 Host Site Application Guidelines (*)

Tom Gallant- VISTA Leader, Maine Campus Compact

As VISTA Leader for MCC, Tom will support a team of 9 VISTAs as they navigate their year of service.  He is responsible for professional development, networking and recruitment of new members.

Kristen Brannen – University of New England

Kristen will oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE student volunteers to work with two partner organizations in Biddeford, Maine. YouthBuild helps young people who left high school without a diploma and who want to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment and/or college, and become leaders in their communities. BLAST is a STEM-based, hands-on afterschool enrichment program for under-achieving children in Biddeford K-8 Schools.

Brenna Callahan – Bates College

Brenna will collaborate with student leaders to create ongoing training and reflection opportunities for Bates mentors; help develop and oversee curricular and assessment materials for programs; and work with student clubs and organizations on campus to maximize the engagement of the student body in aspirations efforts.

Samuel Cannon – University of Maine Augusta – Bangor

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Sam will serve as the liaison between UMA student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and UMA Veteran students and their family members. He will assist the Veteran student groups in completing the process to become fully established as an official student group.

Alaina Clark – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) VISTA, Maine Campus Compact

Alaina serves at Maine Campus Compact as the STEM VISTA to support collaborative partnerships between higher education and K-12 to strengthen the STEM pipeline. She also provides technical assistance support and outreach focused on pilot projects based on replicable models.

Tori Forkus – University of Maine at Presque Isle

As UMPI’s Early College VISTA, Tori works with several campus and community entities to expand College Access programs to low-income and populations through many collaborative initiatives. Tori also works with UMPI faculty to support engaged learning partnerships with community organizations.

Anthony Panciocco – University of Maine

Anthony will serve at The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism to coordinate the Black Bear Tutors Program, including recruitment of student tutors, training, matching students with local youth and supervision. He will also provide guidance to the Black Bear Mentor program.

Heaven Riendeau – Maine Campus Compact/UMaine Cooperative Extension

As the Hunger Dialogue VISTA, Heaven will help to raise awareness and mobilize college campuses throughout Maine to address hunger for low income individuals and to provide a platform for Maine students to actively work to address food insecurity on their campuses and in their communities.

We are looking for passionate people to fight poverty as AmeriCorps*VISTA members by increasing college aspirations among K-12 youth in Maine. Each member will serve at a college or community organization for a one-year term. At your site, you will develop and coordinate programs that will increase the capacity of campuses to provide student volunteers to serve low-income K-12 students. This could include creating or coordinating mentoring, tutoring, or advising programs, providing training for college students to serve as volunteers, working with faculty and staff to support service initiatives focused on college aspirations and access, writing grants and proposals to support service on campus and in communities, and recruiting and supporting college student volunteers.


Early College Access Program Coordinator at the University of Maine at Preque Isle

This AmeriCorps position is based at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, located in spectacular Aroostook County in Northern Maine. UMPI offers a liberal arts curriculum and professional programs to students from the region and beyond, including many from neighboring Canada. The city of Presque Isle serves as an educational and cultural hub for the region, featuring countless recreational opportunities. The UMPI VISTA Member will work with several campus entities and the external partners (primary and secondary schools) to expand College Access programs to low-income populations through many collaborative initiatives.

Interested candidates can apply here.

Before submitting, please review our application process below. You only need to submit an application for one position below in order to be considered for multiple.

Our Application Process:

1. Complete and submit an application through the Apply links listed next to each position above.

2. Submit a cover letter and resume to Tom Gallant, VISTA Leader, at

3. Application Screening: Our office will review your application and then contact you to let you know your status (you will always hear from us, even if you do not pass this initial review).

4. Interview #1: Applicants who pass the application screening will be contacted by Maine Campus Compact to schedule an initial interview.

5. Host Site Review: Interviewees who are a good fit for this work and would be a great addition to our statewide VISTA team will have their applications passed on to the host site(s) of their interest.

6. Final Interview: After reviewing application information, host site(s) will hold interviews with those applicants whom they feel are best suited for their environment and the important work to be carried out.

If you have any questions please contact: Tom Gallant, MCC VISTA Leader,