VISTA Community Corps

The Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA places service members of all ages and backgrounds at institutions of higher education as well as at community partner organizations to support community and campus collaboration.

The IAMNCC VISTA Program allies with community-campus partnerships that focus on improving health, education, or economic outcomes for low-income populations. This may include addressing college student basic needs, access to and retention of low-income college students into college/university programs or institutions, and addressing racial disparities in health, education, or economic outcomes.

Host Sites

  • Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Concordia College-Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
  • Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  • Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA
  • University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, Iowa City, IA
  • University of Minnesota, Morris: Stevens County Food Systems, Morris, MN
  • WellShare International, Minneapolis, MN
  • BVU Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Storm Lake, IA
  • University of Iowa Community Engagement, Iowa City, IA
  • Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, Inc.: Research, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Catherine McAuley Center: Children’s Learning Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Grinnell College: Public Humanities Partnership, Grinnell, IA
  • St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

The next cohort of IAMNCC VISTA members will serve full-time for one year beginning in summer 2023. American citizens and permanent residents with a high school degree (or equivalent) can apply for these positions. VISTA members are supported by a living stipend, health benefits, childcare benefits, and on completion of their service are also eligible to earn an education award to pay for loans or other educational expenses. More information about VISTA Benefits may be found on the VISTA website.  

 

Individuals interested in serving as a VISTA through IAMNCC can find our positions listed on my.AmeriCorps.gov.  Applicants must create a profile and may apply for any position(s) they are interested in. To find positions, you can search by program (VISTA), state (Iowa, Minnesota), and program name (Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact or IAMNCC). Contact Riah Coley (mcoley@compact.org) with any questions. 

Campuses or community partners interested in becoming a host site can email Riah Coley (mcoley@compact.org) with questions and to set up a meeting. Selected host sites are awarded a position for a VISTA project for up to three years; host sites must provide office space, training, support and supervision, and are required to pay a cost-share of $5,500.