AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers work on impactful projects that lift people out of poverty while receiving

training and support, including a living allowance, skills-building, federal noncompetitive hiring eligibility, health benefit, and the Eli Segal Education Award or a cash stipend at the end of a year of service.

Economic Development VISTA

Rio Arriba County


The Rio Arriba County comprehensive plan economic development component will identify activities and projects the county can undertake in the future to help energize economic well-being by creating well-paying jobs for low-income citizens. The VISTA Member will conduct research needed to inform economic planning decisions; carry out community outreach activities to engage low-income resident participation in the County’s economic development planning processes and activities; and identify, document, and begin to implement one or more high-impact economic development project(s). For more information or to apply, go here.

Economic Planner VISTA

Santa Fe County

Santa Fe

The member will describe broadband technology in a manner that is approachable and can be used for educating the general public; survey current broadband capacity and deficiencies across the County; identify procedural, policy and financial impediments to broadband expansion; research innovative methods for expanding access to high speed internet; compile a complete list of funding opportunities for expansions of county broadband infrastructure; and develop broadband expansion funding proposals. The Member’s will write a plan describing workforce development initiatives and the services they offer; conduct outreach and surveying of local businesses and industry for workforce needs; research future workforce projections; analyze gaps in the current and future workforce development programs; analyze strategies for addressing workforce gaps; and develop recommendations for workforce development initiatives that could be implemented by Santa Fe County.

For more information or to apply, go here

Building Local Community VISTA

Center for Community Innovation


The goal of the project based at the Center for Community Innovation in Raton is to help reduce poverty through the design and implementation of new workforce development services that lead to educational achievements, job training opportunities, and job placements by and for low-income persons in Colfax County, New Mexico.


Member Duties : The VISTA Member will carry out outreach and marketing intended to increase the involvement of low income persons in adult education classes including high school equivelancy preparation and testing, resume writing, and job interviewing. The VISTA will survey area employers to identify job training and education needed by employers, develop training materials. and help secure sponsors and funding to provide the job training local residents need to prepare for work in available local positions in real time.  For more information or to apply, go here.

Senior Services Planner VISTA Volunteer


This Volunteer will identify gaps in services and develop an action plan to transform the delivery of health, nutrition and transportation services to low income seniors throughout rural communities in New Mexico. Over the course of the project the assigned VISTA will achieve four major objectives that, done well, will result in an opportunity to transform the way seniors receive critical services in rural communities throughout New Mexico.


  1. The assigned VISTA will research existing data related to food insecurity, access to health care, transportation, demographic data- including income data, population data, incidence of chronic illness and other relevant data to determine critical needs of seniors in New Mexico.

  2. The assigned VISTA will create and disseminate to seniors, and service providers a comprehensive needs assessment survey tool, conduct focus groups with service providers, seniors and other and solicit input from institutional leaders through a survey tool to identify gaps in services. 

  3. Work with local providers to build capacity in local needs assessment, and evaluation of costs associated with addressing gaps in services and unmet need.

  4. Develop an action plan and associated collateral materials for increased funding for senior services from all potential funding sources.

For more information or to apply, go here.

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