VISTA Impact Report

In partnership with AmeriCorps, the Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Program seeks to activate higher education institutions and their partners to work together to make an impact on poverty in their local community.

Find out more about the 2020-2021 cohort of Campus Compact VISTA members and the impact they had on communities across the country.

2020-2021 by the Numbers

AmeriCorps Members

Unique Host Sites

Economic value of VISTA hours

Hours of Service

2020-2021 Impact of Compact VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA projects support low-income individuals and communities to improve early literacy and social-emotional learning, increase access to and success at college, increase employability and financial literacy, and connect individuals to services that increase food and housing security.

Volunteers recruited & managed
Hours of anti-poverty service by community volunteers
Veterans & military families
In-kind resources leveraged
Cash resources leveraged


VISTA members enhance access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children and youth.

  • 2,179 individuals served
  • 189 earring a post-secondary degree or technical certificate
  • 143 reporting improved academic performance

Healthy Futures

VISTA members enhance access to services and resources that contribute to improved food security or opioid addiction prevention/intervention/recovery for economically disadvantaged individuals.

  • 5,395 individuals served
  • 68,936 pounds of food were provided
  • 887 individuals reported increased food security
  • 384 individuals reported increased health knowledge

Economic Opportunity and Basic Needs

VISTAs enhance access to services and resources that contribute to meeting the essential needs of low-income beneficiaries through housing, food, or clothing.

  • 147  individuals served
  • 23 reporting improved financial knowledge
  • 55 transitioned into safe, healthy affordable housing
  • 10 secured jobs and 40 reported improved job readiness
  • 89% of VISTA members agree that VISTA service helped build leadership, interpersonal and cultural competency skills

  • 84% of VISTA members after completing service are interested in exploring assets and how a community is affected by social challenges

  • 69% of volunteers will use various modes of persuasion to convince government or corporate decision-makers to make choices that will benefit the community

  • 93% of VISTAs after completing service report feeling confident in the areas of public speaking, research, problem solving, and leading meetings/trainings

Hear from 2020-2021 VISTA Members:

“As an AmeriCorps member, you have the privilege of meeting so many dedicated and passionate folks. By working directly with community partners and volunteers, I have developed really impactful relationships and seen how all kinds of people serve in all kinds of ways.”

“Serving as a Campus Compact AmeriCorps member has been a great experience. The pandemic was definitely a difficult time, as was working from home for just about all of my service year. In serving with Campus Compact I was able to find stability and it was amazing to have support not only from the CC leaders, but my fellow CC AmeriCorps members.”

2020-2021 Host Sites

Asnuntuck Community College
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Bunker Hill Community College
Capital Community College
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
College for Social Innovation
College of DuPage
Connecticut College
Davenport University
Housatonic Community College
Giving DuPage
James Madison University
Knox College
Lewis University, Romeoville
Loyola University
MA Department of Higher Education
National Louis University
Naugatuck Valley Community College

North Central College
North Park University
Northern Essex Community College
Northwestern University
Providence College
Rockford University – Mentoring
Roger Williams University
Southern Connecticut State University
Springfield College
Tunxis Community College
UMASS Dartmouth
UMASS Lowell
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wheaton College
Wilbur Wright College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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