VISTA Hosts

Members of the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition are placed with specific projects, nonprofit organizations, or public agencies during their year of service. The following organizations serve as host sites for the 2020-21 VISTA Cohort.


2020-21 Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition
Host Sites

ABC of NC – Provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

Crosby Scholars – Works to provide access to college for all students by helping students and their families better understand the college admissions and financial aid processes.

The Forsyth Promise – Facilitates education-focused collaborative, community-wide planning, and action. Forsyth Promise provides a framework to help all community stakeholders work together toward the goal of improved educational outcomes for Forsyth County’s students — from cradle to career. Their core values are Educational Equity, Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement, and Data-Driven Decision Making.

Goodwill Industries NWNC – Funds employment and training programs that help people find hope, opportunity, and jobs.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County – Steadfastly adhering to a philosophy of a “hand-up, not a hand-out,” Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is a powerful engine of collaboration and reciprocity whereby those who qualify–by having a history of steady income, verifiable need and a willingness to work hard–soon become involved in giving help to others. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

HandsOn NWNC – Mobilizes the people and organizations that inspire community change in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties by offering capacity-building programming and connecting community resources.

Kids Cooking Coalition – A community based initiative designed for children in elementary and early middle school, which aims to provide children with cooking skills and nutrition education.

Latino Community Services – Seeks to offer Latino families hope for a positive future and to build bridges between the Latino community and the greater community as LCS facilitates cross-cultural relationships and brings new understanding and benefits to all.

Lead Girls of NC – Dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low-income/at-risk preteen girls must have to become productive citizens and active leaders in their communities. Using an evidence-based curriculum, LEAD encourages and mentors girls to aspire and achieve greatness academically, emotionally, and creatively.

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods – Aimed to strengthen neighborhoods in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. NBN seeks to support neighborhood groups and encourage resident led-problem solving, by providing technical assistance and organizing support, learning, and leadership opportunities, along with grassroots grants for great ideas that promote growth and development in neighborhoods.

The Office of Civic & Community Engagement at Wake Forest UniversityFacilitates community-based learning and research at Wake Forest University by connecting faculty interested in teaching community-based courses or conducting community-based research with community partners. Additionally, it directs several community-based programs in which students work closely with community partners over an extended period of time to complete community action projects.

Piedmont Environmental Alliance – Organizes events and programs to inspire environmentally sustainable action and lifestyle choices.

Senior Services – Helps older adults remain at home for as long as possible and to help them live with dignity. Individuals who cannot afford to pay for services are of special concern to Senior Services and receive assistance to every extent possible through philanthropic contributions and available public funds.

The Shalom Project – Develops programs that challenge the cycle of poverty in the Winston-Salem community with a spirit of inclusion, compassion and justice. This is realized through a free medical clinic, clothing closet, food pantry, as well as long-term initiatives — Peters Creek Parkway Initiative (focusing on affordable housing and community development) and Flourish (a high-impact poverty reduction model aimed to support women and their families who are on their journey out of poverty).

SHARE Co-op – Dedicated to provide food, nutrition education/advice, coping skills/counseling, immigrant sustainability support, and local health/food equity policy support. SHARE’s principle goal is to provide service and assistance to the entire community, while promoting inclusivity.

Twin City Harm Reduction Collective – Seeks to improve the health and lives of people who use drugs in North Carolina and surrounding areas.