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UACE AmeriCorps VISTA Project

What is the UACE AmeriCorps VISTA Project?

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (UACE) and Arizona 4-H match national service members with experienced University of Arizona Extension agents to strengthen local community assets and reduce poverty through a variety of state-wide projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members help rural and urban communities in Arizona be transformed by utilizing university resources and expertise to improve the quality of life for communities and families throughout the state.

This project offers unique opportunities for those VISTA members who want to make a significant difference in the lives of rural, isolated, tribal families and youth whose parents are in the military. By creating sustainable environments, developing out-of-school programs and summer camps, training Master Gardeners who can teach others how to grow their own food, and helping organizations find resources and create marketing materials, VISTA members are meeting the critical needs of Arizona families and communities. Programs developed by AmeriCorps VISTA members aim to develop a sense of hope for the future through improved living conditions, a cleaner environment and economic self-sufficiency.

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Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Often described as the "domestic Peace Corps," VISTA was founded in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA is currently managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent agency within the US federal government.

VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in the United States of America for more than 40 years. Participating volunteers commit to serve full-time for at least one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.

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Our goal is to alleviate poverty and strengthen local capacity through projects in child and youth development, community gardens, community outreach and resource development. We seek to engage Arizona citizens through four broad service areas:

  • Youth development
  • Early-childhood development
  • Military children and families
  • Community outreach, marketing, resource development and communications
  • Food production, community gardens and farming

Like most AmeriCorps VISTA Projects around the country, our national service volunteer membership is constantly changing to meet the needs of the state. We currently have five UACE VISTA members throughout Arizona, and we hope to bring on at least three more VISTA members by Spring 2012. Our members represent some of the very best this country has to offer and we are thrilled to have them on the team.


Site Supervisors:

  • Kirk Astroth, VISTA Project Director, Cooperative Extension Home Office, Tucson
  • Dean Fish, Santa Cruz County
  • Kimberly Gressley, Pinal County
  • Chris Jones, Gila County
  • Cathy Martinez, Pinal County
  • Teresa Noon, Opermation Military Kids, Cooperative Extension Home Office, Tucson
  • Curt Peters, Pima County
  • Elizabeth Sparks, Pima County
  • Darcy Tessman, Cochise County
  • Beth Tucker, Coconino County
  • Sabrina Tuttle, San Carlos Apache Tribe
  • Peter Warren, Pima County

These resources are intended for current UACE VISTA members only. If you have any questions about the following information, please contact the current UACE VISTA Leader, Manasi Gharpure.