About Siena VISTA

The Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program is not only an opportunity for participants to create real change in the community, but also real change within themselves. With professional training and development opportunities, a full-time staff to support their efforts, and a team of dedicated individuals with similar ideals, Siena VISTA Fellows will walk away from their year of service with more focus, determination, and direction in the effort to create a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane.

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OVERCOMING POVERTY, BUILDING CAPACITY

Since 2008, the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows program has developed from a 4-person team to a 30! With the potential to grow even larger, Siena VISTA Fellows create a huge impact in the Capital Region. They commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, Siena VISTA Fellows create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

BUILDING RECIPROCAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

One way in which the Siena VISTA program is unique is the emphasis on creating partnerships between a college and the surrounding community. This can take the form of an academic service course where Siena students will partner with a nonprofit organization to work together to support a community need, VISTA Fellows recruiting Siena students to volunteer, engaging faculty and staff in developmental, capacity building service that forges relationships for years. The goal is to bridge the gap between the college and the community and work together to learn from each other and build better communities where all can be served and participate.

MOBILIZING RESOURCES

Siena VISTA Fellows are a catalyst for social change. They mobilize community members to volunteer, write grants and fundraise, seek donations, and much more.

CREATING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

VISTA Fellows serve as a short-term resource to help sponsor organizations yet they have a big goal - to address community needs and create long term solutions so that even after they are done with their year of service their impact continues on through the community members in which they worked with during their year.