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.

2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA Team

Carolyn Brady – Maine Campus Compact

Carolyn Brady  currently serves as Maine’s COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps VISTA, where she will spend her year of service compiling and disseminating pertinent information to recovery efforts of K-12 and higher education institutions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. She is very excited to serve in her capacity as a VISTA and work to support the needs of low-income students across northern New England.

Abby Bohlen –  Maine Campus Compact

Abby is the STEM Collaboration VISTA on the USM-LAC campus, working as a liaison between higher education institutions and K-12 schools to help strengthen STEM education.

Christopher Castañeda – Bates College

Christopher serves as the Community Engagement Fellow at the Harward Center at Bates College, and serves with the Office of Residence Life and Health Education to provide accessible community engagement opportunities for students based on community needs. He has been developing a virtual tutoring/enrichment program for K-8 students to maintain access to resources schools are unable to offer.

Kate RuehleUniversity of Maine at Augusta

Kristina serves as the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteering’s STEM Coordinator. Her role entails managing and expanding the 4-H STEM Ambassador and STEM Sister programs, primarily through volunteer recruitment and faculty support. She is currently working on constructing a mentorship program under the STEM Sisters initiative that connects local STEM professionals, university students, and high-schoolers.

Elissa Kane – University of New England

Elissa works with the University of New England Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement. She works to expand upon the America Reads America Counts Tutor Program to offer online tutoring to elementary school students in the area. She also works collaboratively with the instructors of the Citizenship 400 seminar to offer volunteer opportunities to engage UNE students in the community. Currently, Elissa is organizing a spring clean-up in a local park that the office recently adopted.

Hannah RoseUniversity of Maine 

Hannah runs the Black Bear Mentors and Black Bear Tutors programs. She has pivoted both programs to virtual platforms in an effort to meet the changing needs of students across the state in light of COVID-19, and as part of the Black Bear Mentors and Tutors ongoing goals to improve access to higher education for K-12 students. Hannah also helps to facilitate food distribution at UMaine’s on-campus food pantry, the Black Bear Exchange.

Molly Cassidy – University of Maine Augusta at Bangor 

Molly serves with New Ventures Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor Campus. She coordinates financial education opportunities for current and prospective students at UMA Bangor, and provides financial resources to students and community members. She also assists faculty and staff at UMA Bangor and New Ventures Maine to promote student success and retention.

Racquel BergeronUniversity of Maine at Presque Isle

Racquel works to expand college access and success for low-income students through an active participation in TRIO programs, developing and sustaining solid partnerships with the campus and local communities, management of on-campus projects that support low-income students, and coordinating training of student employees to promote mentor program goals and outcomes.

2019-2020

Madelyn Holm – Maine Campus Compact

Madelyn worked with Maine Campus Compact as a Vista for two years, serving with Southern Maine Community College in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. After a brief hiatus from nonprofits she is excited to be working with our incredible team of Vistas throughout the state. Over the course of her service term, Madelyn is hoping to engage more campuses in the Vista Program moving forward, and is excited to work with the MCC Vista alumni community to take stock of past programs for future prospects within Maine.


Tessa Winship – University of Maine Augusta at Bangor 

Tessa is serving New Ventures Maine and UMA’s Bangor Campus. She coordinates financial education opportunities for current and prospective students of UMA Bangor, as well as provides financial resources to students and community members. Tessa works with the faculty/staff of UMA Bangor, along with the staff at New Ventures Maine, to promote student success and retention.


Kristina Catomeris – University of Southern Maine

Kristina serves as the STEM Partnerships Coordinator at USM where she is working to develop and grow STEM and service- learning partnerships between USM and local K-12 schools. She is also working with high-school girls to provide STEM opportunities and community partnerships.


Ella Ross – Bates College 

Ella is collaborating with student leaders to create ongoing training and reflection opportunities for Bates mentors, coordinating with K-12 schools for Bates class visits, working with local high schools on STEM programs, and is assisting in science based learning for local schools at Bates.


Mary Nudkwe – University of Maine Presque Isle

Mary serves with UMPI’s TRIO Program, and works with the Office of Campus Engagement to help students connect to service learning projects that enhance their degree programs.

2018-2019

Tom Gallant- VISTA Leader, Maine Campus Compact

As VISTA Leader for MCC, Tom will support a team of 10 VISTAs as they navigate their year of service.  He is responsible for professional development, networking and recruitment of new members. Tom will begin his fifth and final year November 2018.


Taylor Ashley – University of Maine at Orono

Taylor coordinates Black Bear Mentors and Black Bear Tutors, and partners with Big Brothers Big Sister of Mid-Maine and America Reads America Counts. Taylor will also research and plan STEM activities for both programs, and compile a binder of activities for future use. This is Taylor’s second VISTA term with MCC!


Sarah Chang – University of Southern Maine

As the STEM Partnerships Coordinator, Sarah will continue the development and growth of STEM focused service-learning partnerships with local schools to increase college aspirations, improve STEM literacy, and provide engaged learning opportunities for college students. This is Sarah’s second VISTA term with MCC!


Joe DeGraff – University of Southern Maine

The AmeriCorps VISTA will develop and support partnerships between local K-12 schools, community organizations, and USM to engage college students in service-learning courses and co-curricular programming related to Hunger and Food Insecurity.


Sumaya El-Khalidi – UMaine Cooperative Extension & Maine Campus Compact 

The Hunger Dialogue VISTA 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. Pivotal focus will be coordinating the Universities Fighting World Hunger conference in Portland, ME March 2019.


Caitlyn Hartman – Maine Campus Compact

Caitlyn serves at Maine Campus Compact as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)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 replicated models.


Danfry Nieves – University of Maine at Presque Isle

As UMPI’s Early College VISTA, Danfry works with several campus and community entities to expand College Access programs to low-income and populations through many collaborative initiatives. Danfry also works with UMPI faculty to support engaged learning partnerships with community organizations. Although new to MCC, Danfry is currently in his 3rd term!


Joel Soloway  – University of New England

Joel 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 after school enrichment program for under-achieving children in Biddeford K-8 Schools.


Seth Johnson – Kennebec Valley Community College

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Seth will serve as the liaison between KVCC student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and KVCC 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.


Brianna Wilson – Bates College

Brianna 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.

2017 – 2017

Tom Gallant-  Maine Campus Compact

As VISTA Leader for MCC, Tom will support a team of 10 VISTAs as they navigate their year of service.  He is responsible for professional development, networking and recruitment of new members.


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.


Luke Cameron – University of Maine at Presque Isle

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


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.


Chang Sarah – University of Southern Maine

As the STEM Partnerships Coordinator, Sarah will continue the development and growth of STEM focused service-learning partnerships with local schools to increase college aspirations, improve STEM literacy, and provide engaged learning opportunities for college students.


Katie Kracht –  UMaine Cooperative Extension &  Maine Campus Compact

As the Hunger Dialogue VISTA, Katie 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.


Kayla LaVoice –  Maine Campus Compact

Kayla serves at Maine Campus Compact as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) 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.


Savannah Wade – University of New England

Savannah 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.


Zander Walz – Kennebec Valley Community College

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Zander will serve as the liaison between KVCC student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and KVCC 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.


2021-2022 Opportunities

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.

Click here for application and list of all available 2021-2022 Maine positions 

UMaine Augusta – New Ventures Maine

Member Duties: The VISTA serving at UMaine at Augusta will coordinate information and resources to increase access to and retention in higher education for low income individuals of all ages in Central Maine and statewide. This position will encompass outreach and communications about career and education options and the benefits of higher education and workforce credentials; financial literacy and information about resources to pay for the full cost of attending college; student civic engagement and leadership development; and coordination of wraparound services and resources on campus and in the community. This member will serve at our Augusta site. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

UMaine Augusta – Bangor

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at UMaine at Augusta will coordinate information and resources to increase access to and retention in higher education for low income individuals of all ages in North Central Maine and statewide. This position will encompass outreach and communications about career and education options and the benefits of higher education and workforce credentials; financial literacy and information about resources to pay for the full cost of attending college; student civic engagement and leadership development; and coordination of wraparound services and resources on campus and in the community. This member will serve at our Bangor Site. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

UMaine Augusta – Portland

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at UMaine at Augusta will coordinate information and resources to increase access to and retention in higher education for low income individuals of all ages in Southern Maine and statewide. This position will encompass outreach and communications about career and education options and the benefits of higher education and workforce credentials; financial literacy and information about resources to pay for the full cost of attending college; student civic engagement and leadership development; and coordination of wraparound services and resources on campus and in the community. This member will serve at our South Portland site. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Bates College

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at Bates College will develop and strengthen programming that connects Bates students to the off-campus community in informed and constructive ways. With a special focus on cultivating college aspirations, the Fellow will partner with existing Bates offices and academic departments to inspire and equip Bates students for a range of community-engaged activities that respond to community-identified needs. The Fellow will be a live-in member of the professional team in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. The Fellow’s work will contribute to the college’s extensive Community-Engaged Learning program by cultivating and sustaining networks of connection and mutual benefit between Bates College and the off-campus community. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

UMaine – Orono

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at UMaine will coordinate Black Bear Mentors and Black Bear Tutors, and partners with Big Brothers Big Sister of Mid-Maine and America Reads America Counts. Recruit, train and support UMaine students as virtual or in-person tutors and mentors. Training includes Developmental Assets, SPARKS, and College Positive Volunteerism. Youth are recruited from 5 school and community sites. Increasing student commitment to school, supporting academic success, and connecting with a college student are shown to decrease drop-out rates and increase college/career aspirations. The BBM/BBT programs introduce children to possibilities and excite them about their future as a college student! Also work with the on-campus food pantry to distribute thousands of pounds of food to students, faculty and staff through a contactless pickup system, especially during breaks and summer. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

University of New England

Member Duties: The VISTA serving at the University of New England will help extend, enhance, and sustain its America Reads and America Counts Tutoring Program (ARAC) and to reestablish the College Aspirations Program (CAP). This motivated and enthusiastic individual will work in a university setting, mobilizing university students to be engaged in variety of community service activities on and off campus. These include providing support to the Senior Citizenship seminar, and a variety of other activities on campus such as the Service Fair. In addition, the VISTA, will coordinate the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE students to work with local partner schools. and their K-8 students in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and the Kennebunks through the America Reads America Counts and College Aspiration programs. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Maine Campus Compact: COVID Recovery VISTA

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at Maine Campus Compact in Lewiston will work on compiling pertinent information for recovery and resiliency efforts of K-12 and higher education due to COVID-19 while focusing on four bucket areas: hunger and homelessness, academic and technology supports, socioemotional learning, and broader resiliency resources and planning. More specifically, the VISTA will: Research, develop and document concrete and actionable steps educational institutions can take in order to ensure the success of low-income students during the pandemic and recovery phases; assist with the development of trainings and awareness strategies related to COVID-19 that target low-income students on issues such as social emotional health, academic support and resiliency; and create and maintain awareness strategies (i.e. podcasts) to clearly disseminate knowledge related to COVID-19 educational re-entry related to low-income students. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

Maine Campus Compact: STEM VISTA

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at Maine Campus Compact in Lewiston will conduct outreach for collaborative STEM engaging initiatives and identify and develop STEM partnerships in school districts that serve low income students; Provide technical assistance and training support for STEM initiatives and related trainings for educators and students; Conduct surveys to measure effectiveness of STEM initiatives; analyze data and compile a report of findings for internal use; Identify new partnerships for STEM initiatives and help build capacity for implementation; Plan and organize a STEM challenge event focused on a topic like water or climate change; Provide technical assistance support for campus mentor programs to pair college students with K-12 students in the STEM field to get help with homework and overall support; Coordinate efforts with other VISTAs and non-traditional educators; and Increase sustainability of the STEM initiatives/ program. Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12.

VISTA Leader

Member Duties : Did you demonstrate leadership skills during your service year? Ready for a new level of responsibility? Two VISTA Leaders needed to serve with the Northern New England VISTA Collaboration. Leaders will work to expand and build the capacity of individual VISTA members and their service sites across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and provide support and coordination for members to increase the Northern New England VISTA Collaboration project’s impact. Leaders will be ambassadors, mentor VISTA members, recruit VISTA members for the next year’s positions, facilitate idea-sharing and meaningful learning that meets member needs, mediate and resolve conflicts and issues with the community, project, supervisors, and AmeriCorps VISTA members, strengthen and expand community partnerships, build relationships to generate resources, and improve monitoring and reporting systems.


Our Application Process:

1. Complete and submit an application through the Apply links listed above.

2. Submit a cover letter and resume to Sally Slovenski, Executive Director of Maine Campus Compact at sally@mainecompact.org.

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 who they feel are best suited for their environment and the important work to be carried out.