VISTA members December 2012

Our Network

We develop community based partnerships and support capacity building through the VT Engage AmeriCorps VISTA Network.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program serves communities across the U.S., with 80,000 members working each year to address poverty issues. Our network helps us meet the needs of our community partners in the New River Valley.

Our six VISTA members provide capacity building resources to community organizations. Their capacity building efforts include building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, securing long-term resources, coordinating training for participants, and fundraising.

The relationship to Virginia Tech offers organizations and VISTAs greater support during their project. Through our network, we build collaborative partnerships with the community and provide increased service opportunities for Virginia Tech students.

Current placements
Maureen McGonagle
Blacksburg Farmers Market

Maureen McGonagle
Serving since Nov. 2013
Amanda_Qadado_VISTA
Community Associates Project (VT Engage office)
Amanda Qadado
Serving since May 2014
Karl_Bitikofer_VISTAInstitute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
Karl Bitikofer
Serving since May 2014
Lauren White, AmeriCorps VISTA
NRV Home Consortium
Lauren White
Serving since July 2013
Kristen Pace, Smart Beginnings NRV
Smart Beginnings NRV
Kristen Pace
Serving since June 2014
Sarah Buckalew
Valley Interfaith Childcare Center
Sarah Buckalew
Serving since August 2013
Casey Bailey, AmeriCorps VISTA
Kindergarten to College
Casey Bailey
Serving since Nov. 2013

Serving as a VISTA

Volunteering a year of service for AmeriCorps VISTA can be not only personally fulfilling, but provide you an opportunity to gain professional work experience.

VISTAs work in an office setting and learn on the job about community development, volunteer management and recruitment, organizational skills and much more.

The VT Engage VISTAs also work collaboratively and receive additional skills training to support their work throughout the year. VISTAs receive a monthly stipend, health insurance and an education award at the end of their term to use towards continued education or loans.


Partnering with us

We are always interested in finding new and innovative ways to make a positive impact with our community.

Interested in joining our Network or joining us around the table to develop new ideas? Contact us at engage(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)vt.edu or (540) 231-6964.