AmeriCorps VISTA Network

The University of Georgia VISTA Network was established in 2013 to support local community partners with AmeriCorps VISTA members to increase their capacity for bringing individuals and communities out of poverty in the Athens, GA area. The AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program places passionate individuals in a year-long, full-time position 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 improve health and educational services, reduce food insecurity, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. AmeriCorps VISTAs are compensated with a small living allowance, health coverage, possible relocation allowance, and receive an end-of-term education grant or stipend. See more on the VISTA program and its requirements and benefits.

With a focus on food insecurity and waste, sustainability and educational initiatives, the UGA VISTA Network includes year-long VISTAs and/or summer associates placed at schools in Clarke and Barrow Counties (Grow It Know It), Athens Regional Library, Athens Community Council on Aging, College Factory, Clarke County Mentor Program, and on campus (Campus Kitchen-UGA, UGArden, and Foodshed UGA). UGA's VISTA Network is supported by VISTA Leaders who support the UGA VISTA Network, its AmeriCorps VISTAs, sites and stakeholders to build capacity, fight poverty and enhance connections between the University of Georgia and the Athens, GA community.

COVID-19 Emergency Operations 

During spring/summer 2020, many VISTAs have had some of their activities reoriented towards supporting anti-hunger initiatives in the local community. See for example,


VISTA Positions

Current year-long VISTA positions as of 2020 include the following. Positions currently recruiting for fall 2020 have a link next to their description. We are also adding a second VISTA Leader with a target start date in late July (must have served 1 year as a VISTA already!):

Each summer, many of these sites also support Summer Associate (8-week, direct service) VISTAs.

To learn more about the VISTA Network, contact UGA AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Zariah Lewis (