Current sites open for applications


Below is information on our current host-sites that are open to applications. For any inquires, please contact the DCI-VISTA Leader at our office phone number 303-282-0625. 

If you are interested in officially applying, the prospective VISTA member must go through the AmeriCorps process found on their website. The first step is to sign up with the AmeriCorps VISTA program; once you have created your My AmeriCorps account, search for one of the following listings you are interested in applying to; submit your application and the VISTA Leader will be given notice of the submission. 

Target Start Date: 07/08/2019 - 07/08/2020
Recruitment Deadline: 06/14/2019
Focus Areas: Entrepreneur/Business, Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, 

Description: To support the community in its efforts to revitalize and strengthen the County by focusing on historic preservation, business retention and development. These efforts will lead to a reduction in poverty in Huerfano County which has an overall poverty rate of 18.5% by creating a stronger and more robust economy that attracts businesses, tourists, and residents to the area to lift the community out of poverty.

The VISTA member will be involved in such activities as building upon the organizational structure and capacity of the Huerfano County Economic Development Organization and build and recruit companies for Economic Diversification, identify mechanisms for funding, assist in developing work programs for primary jobs, involvement in strategic planning, and maintain relationships with regional partners, among other activities. This will support poverty alleviation for residents in our community.

Volunteer Assignment Description (VAD)

Target Start Date: 07/08/2019 - 07/08/2020
Recruitment Deadline: 06/14/2019
Focus Areas: Community and Economic Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Homelessness, Community Outreach, Entrepreneur/Business, Housing, Urban Planning, Business/Entrepreneur, Communications, Community Organization

Description: The VISTA will build the City of Montrose’s capacity to address housing and homelessness by creating a forum where stakeholders and community members can convene to discuss the issue; research what other communities have done to develop attainable housing and get at the root of homelessness; build a pilot neighborhood council to improve communication between the city and community and create formal relationships; and to support the local economy by working with the Montrose Development and Revitalization Team (DART).

This position in Montrose, CO (population of 19,132) offers a rare opportunity to build upon the work of the first year VISTA member on solving the need for affordable housing and the issues of homelessness and neighborhood communication within the community. Montrose is situated in a beautiful valley of the western slope of Colorado, right near the Black Canyon and Gunnsion River. In addition to amazing recreation opportunities, the downtown of Montrose offers a variety of brewpubs, restaurants, galleries, and things to do. Applicants who are either fluent or familiar with Spanish are encouraged to apply.


Volunteer Assignment Description (VAD)

Target Start Date: 07/08/2019 - 07/08/2020
Recruitment Deadline: 06/14/2019
Focus Areas: Community and Economic Development,  Public Health, Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Outreach, Urban Planning, Transit

Description: This project will build capacity for the San Luis Valley Regional Transit Council which provides transit and mobility services in an economically distressed region of six-counties in South Central CO whose poverty levels by county range from 12.0% to 29.6%. The goal of the project is to alleviate poverty, increase access to health services, and improve the quality of life for the population. The VISTA will assist with the development of a regional transit council, engage with community leaders and elected officials, conduct outreach to underrepresented constituencies, inventory existing services, identify service gaps and needs, develop marketing tools for new services, support and centralize grant writing resources, among other activities. Comprised of six counties and more than 3,000 acres of public land including the Sand Dunes National Park, the San Luis Valley offers towering mountain ranges, flat prairies, icy mountain streams, geothermal wells feeding hot springs and spas, eclectic music venues, roaring motocross and auto races, and historic downtowns.

Volunteer Assignment Description (VAD)

Target Start Date: 07/08/2019 - 07/08/2020
Recruitment Deadline: 06/14/2019
Focus Areas: Community and Economic Development,  Public Health, Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Outreach, Urban Planning, Transit

Description: This project will build capacity for the SE Colorado Transportation Planning Region which assists with transit and mobility services in an economically distressed region of six-counties in Southeast Colorado whose poverty levels by county range from 14.0% to 47.4%. The goal of the project would be to alleviate poverty, increase access to health services, and improve the quality of life for a very diverse population. The VISTA will assist with the development of a regional transit council, engage with community, conduct outreach to underrepresented constituencies, inventory existing services, identify service gaps and needs, develop marketing, and support and centralize grant writing resources.

Volunteer Assignment Description (VAD)

Target Start Date: 07/08/2019 - 07/08/2020
Recruitment Deadline: 06/14/2019
Focus Areas: Entrepreneur/Business, Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Outreach, Community and Economic Development

Description: The VISTA member would be building capacity for the community of Manitou Springs, CO through working with the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce / Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development in economic development that will promote growth, equity, and poverty reduction in the City. The main objectives toward this goal include: (a) Organization – Help organize and lay the foundation for a three-year strategic plan for economic development and poverty alleviation to guide the Chamber, the City and the Creative District using stakeholder input and public engagement, (b) Engage business owners through networking opportunities, community outreach programs, money-saving collaborations, and know-your-neighbor efforts to develop a collaborative and cohesive business community that increases job opportunities for Manitou Springs’ 7% unemployment rate, (c) Build capacity for the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development in order to grow job opportunities, and (d) Training / Professional Development – Attend trainings, webinars, events, and conferences to gain more knowledge about community revitalization and to network with peers doing similar work to expand the web of resources for the City of Manitou Springs.

Volunteer Assignment Description (VAD)

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