What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs.

                                   AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills,                                         talents and passion of more than                                           7,000 Americans annually to support                                     community efforts to overcome                                             poverty.  AmeriCorps VISTA                                                  members are passionate and                                               committed to their mission to bring                                       individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.  They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. ​  

AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance. Members who serve for a year also receive limited health benefit options, childcare, if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

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Economic Opportunities in Northern New Mexico VISTA Volunteer Project
Ten Northern New Mexico organizations are hosting VISTA Volunteers to work on community-driven plans aimed at alleviating hunger, increasing volunteer support for community improvement activities, connecting at-risk youth with employment and educational opportunities, and creating business and job creation results in low-income communities.

Project Partners

 Center for Sustainable Community

Geoff Peterson

130 Park Ave.,

Raton, NM 87740

(575) 245-9000




A VISTA Volunteer will assist developments in Raton, New Mexico, a rural, economically distressed community through the creation and deployment of new innovative services and programs.

This position has been filled.

Cibola Community Economic Development Foundation

Eileen Yarborough
701 Roosevelt Ave

Grants, NM 87020
(505) 287-6685
www.cibolaedc.com, www.soloworkscibola.org

A VISTA Volunteer will assist in SoloWorks program with Client Relationship Management, web development, marketing and outreach, training, and community building efforts.

Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce

Victor Romero

Executive Director

101 Calle De La Espanolas #F  Espanola, NM 87532




A VISTA Volunteer will help the Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce establish and grow a Junior Chamber of Commerce program by to assist youth in developing leadership and business skills.

This position has been filled.

Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation

Michael Adams

1103 National

Las Vegas, MM

( 505) 652-4758          



The VISTA Volunteer will gather information, prepare studies, reports, and plans, and work with community members in San Miguel County, New Mexico to implement economic and community development projects they select.

Mora County Economic Development Corporation

Anita Moss                             PO Box 364

Mora, NM 87732

(575) 779-0885          


The VISTA Volunteer will help develop economic opportunities, coordinate volunteer efforts, and assist with communication between community organizations building capacity and shared resources amongst them.

VISTA Volunteers Serving in Northern New Mexico


We're thrilled to welcome these VISTA Volunteers to the Economic Opportunities in Northern New Mexico team!

  • Paulina Alarcon is volunteering with the Mora County Economic Development Corporation in Mora.

  • Carey Beam is working with Sandoval Economic Alliance in the Village of Cuba

  • Emily Cole is serving with New Mexico TechWorks in Santa Fe

  • Kimberly Davis is volunteering with the Center for Community Sustainability in Raton

  • Mark Howeya is joining the Cibola Country Economic Development Foundation Soloworks project for a year of service.

  • Amaya Maestes will be organizing a Junior Chamber of Commerce for the Espanola Chamber of Commerce.


Site Supervisor Resources
VISTA Program Overview
Memorandum of Agreement
VISTA Campus (Everything about Everything)
VISTA Fact Sheet
VISTA Legacy Video
VISTA's Big List of Important Resources 
More Helpful VISTA Resources and Contacts
VISTA Members
Community Development Toolbox
Benefits of VISTA Service (detailed)
Benefits of VISTA Service (summary)
Portrait of a VISTA
VISTA Member Handbook
VISTA Site Supervision
Here's the very latest and best Site Supervisor resource. 
Supervisors Orientation Guidebook
Helpful tools
Key Information for Site Supervisors
Site Supervisors Responsibilities
Coaching and Supervision Checklist
Interview Questions
Successful VISTA Member Coaching
VISTA Assignment Descriptions (VADs)
Approved VADs 
VAD Training
VISTA Campus: Creating Effective VADs
Recruitment and Selection
Application Deadlines and Start of Service Dates
Getting the Word Out
Outreach and Recruitment Resources
VISTA Campus Recruitment Resources
VISTA Oath Form
VISTA Recruitment Guide
Recruitment Tips from CNCS Site
This Candidate Selection Form must be completed before your candidate can be accepted in the e-grants system.
Onboarding and Training
Approved On-Site Orientation and Training Plan (OSOT)
Cultural Awareness Training
Fingerprint Kit Information
Prepping for a VISTAs Arrival
Onboarding Guide
On-Site Orientation and Training Guidebook
OSOT Checklist
VISTA Campus Orientation Resources
VISTA Site Supervisor Responsibilities in
    Virtual Member Orientation
VISTA Virtual Member Orientation Checklist
Performance Measure Report Forms
VISTA Performance Measures
VISTA Project Progress Report Instructions
VISTA Reporting Task List

New Mexico Cares

Communicate and interact with the partners working on the Hunger Summit initiatives regarding the status of work progress directed at ending hunger in the State of New Mexico. 

To learn more about this opening, go here.

Dolores Gonzales                  (505) 660-6411



New Mexico TechWorks

Jennifer Nevarez

208 Ambrosio

Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 699-1503          


www.nmtechworks.com and www.communitylearningnetwork.org      

The tech and media industries are exploding in Santa Fe. Work with leaders & community members of all ages to strengthen technology awareness, education, employment, & enterprise in the beautiful mountainous region of rural Northern New Mexico.

Northern Rio Grand National Heritage Area 

Thomas A. Romero,


P.O. Box 610,

Española, NM  87532

848 State Road 68,

Alcalde, NM  87511

(505) 660-5882         

(505) 852-0030              director@riograndenha.org    www.riograndenha.org

A VISTA Volunteer will help build economic development capacity in rural, economically distressed communities along the Rio Grande Trail in North Central NM through the identification of needs, resources, and development strategies.

To learn more about this opening, go here.

Sandoval Economic Alliance

Steve R. Jenkins, President & CEO, 

1201 Rio Rancho Blvd., Suite C




A VISTA Volunteer Assist with the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem for Cuba, NM including but not limited to assessment of the potential for an incubator.

This position has been filled.

© North Central New Mexico Economic Development District

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