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AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation, and in the CSRA area, require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside local community members to advance local solutions...right here in the CSRA. 

VISTA members apply to serve full-time for at least one year with United Way of the CSRA and our extended partners, in order to work towards curbing child illiteracy, improving health services for all ages, creating new community initiatives, facilitating health and career fairs, strengthening current community partnerships, engaging our community, and much more. 


Our members work with such partners as the Augusta-Richmond County Library, City of Augusta, CSRA EOA, Toys for Tots, Wellcare, Caresource, Amerigroup Insurance, Augusta Technical College, multiple churches, schools, and businesses throughout the CSRA in order to educate our residents about resources available that can help build stronger communities. 


2023 Participating Host Agency Sites: 

United Way of the CSRA

Apparo Academy

Columbia County Virtual Academy      


Westabou Montessori School

The Salvation Army First Stop     

Columbia County Community Connections

Mach Academy

The Mosaic Center

Richmond County Success Center

Senior Citizens Council


VISTA Summer Associates Program

In addition to the traditional 12-month service opportunities listed above, United Way of the CSRA hosts a VISTA Summer Associate Program. This program is a service opportunity for an 8-week duration during the summer. The Summer Associate VISTAs provide direct service to address the challenges of childhood hunger/nutritional education and summer learning loss in underserved communities experienced over the summer months. 

VISTA Summer Associates serve their community in June and July each year.

Summer 2023 Participating Host Agency Sites:


Apparo Academy       

Georgia Carolina Council


MACH Academy, Inc. 


The Salvation Army - Kroc Center

Columbia County Community Connections          

Hope House, Inc.

SWAT Foundation

UWCSRA- Information & Referral/2-1-1

First Tee- Augusta


Kids Restart

The Mosaic Center

Recruitment for summer 2023 positions begins in March 2023.
Our VISTA project is looking for individuals that want to make a one-year service commitment to help link community-minded volunteers with community-based agencies fighting poverty, develop the educational and economic skill sets and opportunities of citizens who live in poverty. Programs benefits include a living allowance, vacation and holidays, and an educational award. 

To apply for our VISTA programs, please follow the link below and complete the interest survey.  

Meet our VISTAS

Our AmeriCorps VISTAs work to identify and alleviate hurdles that students and parents face as it relates to poverty. United Way of the CSRA currently has 8 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving our community. Together we help locate and organize resources in some of the most impoverished communities and schools in the CSRA so our children, and parents, can evolve and become stronger residents. Our VISTAs work to create a better community for us all through their strategic alignment with United Way of the CSRA's focus on education, health, and financial stability.  

Lynn Cousins
First Stop Salvation Army
AmeriCorps VIST
A Wraparound Facilitator

Lee Eddy
Westabou Montessori School
AmeriCorps VISTA Wraparound Facilitator

Makeia Hammonds
The Mosaic Center
AmeriCorps VISTA Wraparound Facilitator

Justin Wiggins
Columbia County Virtual Academy
AmeriCorps VISTA Wraparound Facilitator

Tamiko Wiles
United Way of the CSRA
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Sharonda Williams
United Way of the CSRA
AmeriCorps VISTA Wraparound Facilitator

Shaquanna (Quani) Wilson
MACH Academy, Inc.
AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA Advisory Council

Our AmeriCorps VISTA Advisory Council members serve as advocates and guides for our AmeriCorps VISTA program.

VISTA Advisory Board

Maria Cook

Daniel Evans

Erin Prentisse

Kristin Cordaro

Trina Hudson

Angela Salifu

Ian Eddy

Kara MacVean

Sharn Vericella

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