The Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC) VISTA program seeks to develop and support community service, service-learning, and civic engagement programs at higher education institutions by placing AmeriCorps*VISTA members at colleges and universities across Pennsylvania. PACC*VISTA members work to bridge campus and community through projects in the areas of Economic Opportunity, Education (K-12 & Post-Secondary Readiness and Success), Healthy Futures (Nutritious Food Access and Education & Access to Health Care), and Support Services for Veterans and Military Families. The ultimate goal of the PACC*VISTA program is to address pressing community needs, while fostering a sense of higher educational institutions as agents of community change and developing AmeriCorps*VISTA members as future leaders in the public service arena.
AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 50 years.
PACC*VISTA members serve directly at host campuses across Pennsylvania to support programming in the areas of tutoring & mentoring, college access, food access & nutrition, and other poverty-related issues. PACC*VISTA members act as volunteer recruiters, trainers, and special projects consultants, increasing the capacity of both the community and the campus to identify and address pressing community needs.
PACC's Role is to support the PACC*VISTA program by providing ongoing training and technical assistance to VISTA members, supervisors, and host campuses. The AmeriCorps Program Director serves as a primary liaison between the Pennsylvania State Office and host campuses, while providing both long-term and day-to-day support to AmeriCorps*VISTA members and their projects.