AmeriCorps at Focus: HOPE

Who We Are 

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters and more. 

What We Do 

Currently, Focus: HOPE hosts 9 year-long VISTAs and 8 Summer Associates.

About AmeriCorps


AmeriCorps VISTA members build capacity in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to help them more effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage volunteer service at the local level, and empower individuals and communities. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for one-year terms. 


Leaders work to expand and build the capacity of individual AmeriCorps VISTA members and their service sites. AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders have previously served a full term of full-time service with any AmeriCorps program or with Peace Corps and have demonstrated exemplary skills and leadership in community service. 


The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in a community through an existing AmeriCorps VISTA project for 8, 9, or 10 weeks during the summer. 

Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served with the mission to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty. VISTA serves in each of the 50 U.S. States and in all U.S. Territories. VISTA members go where they are needed and make a difference through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.

Become a VISTA with Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE’s Volunteer and Community Resources Department

  • Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator: This VISTA will support volunteer recruitment and engagement events, including but not limited to the Food for Seniors program, collect and enter data, and assist with other volunteer engagement activities. The ideal candidate will possess organizational, technological and people skills. This role is a hybrid model of onsite and virtual support.

Focus: HOPE’s Advocacy, Equity and Community Empowerment Department

  • Community Research and Education Coordinator: This individual will build capacity through research, education, and the development of resources and events for community growth. Projects include the Urban Learning & Leadership Collaborative(ULLC), Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline (DSTOPP), Generation of Promise, the HOPE Speaks podcast, and more. Candidates must have strong interpersonal, problem solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills. Strong writing and research skills preferred.

HOPE Village Revitalization

  • Communications and Outreach Associate: This member will maintain the organization’s social media pages, conduct outreach, monitor and strengthen website and newsletter engagement. Through communications and outreach this member will encourage more members to join HVR and utilize its resources. Applicants must be interested in community outreach and engagement.


  • Grant Research and Compliance Associate: This individual will be tasked with researching viable foundation and government funding opportunities. They will also be responsible for assisting in leading teams of personnel in developing quality proposals. Also, the VISTA member will assist in assuring deadlines, including submission and reporting, are met.

About Focus: HOPE

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Contact Us!

Contact the Focus: HOPE AmeriCorp team to learn more. Check out the full contact list below!

Helpful Vista Resources

Important Dates

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Contact the AmeriCorps Team!

Khristi Miller

Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager

Amber Kainz

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Administrator Volunteer & Community Outreach

Britney Underwood

VISTA Leader & Engagement Coordinator Volunteer & Community Outreach