The Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition supports a cohort of AmeriCorps members to work in the community through the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. The Coalition aims to deepen collaborations with nonprofit community partners and to provide resources for capacity-building at each partner site. Each member of the Coalition is placed with a specific project, nonprofit organization, or public agency during their year of service.

Periodically, community organizations are invited to apply to host an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Winston-Salem Community Action. Each position provides an individual the opportunity to work with a local nonprofit organization to support a capacity-building project focused on an anti-poverty initiative.

Community partners interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member can explore our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Shelley Sizemore with additional questions.

The following organizations serve as host sites for the 2021-22 VISTA Cohort.

Apply to host a WSCAC VISTA

If you represent a community organization and are interested in hosting a full-time member of the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition for 2022-23, applications are open through Monday, January 31, 2022.

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Community partners may also apply to host a 2022 Summer Associate through Monday, February 2022. Summer Associates are current undergraduate students that serve full-time (40 hours/week) for 8-10 weeks throughout June and July. Interested partners can apply here.

2021-22 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.

Boston Thurmond Community Network – Facilitates and supports the vision of Boston-Thurmond residents for a strong and economically viable neighborhood that is fully integrated into the broader Winston-Salem community. The Network helps implement an intertwined approach to community revitalization, consistent with the Purpose Built Communities model, that focuses on quality housing that is affordable and accessible to families at all income levels; a cradle-to-career educational pipeline of excellence; and community health and wellness that honors the rich history and strength of Boston-Thurmond.

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.

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.

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.

MIXXER – An inclusive community makerspace that makes available resources that allow people to explore their creativity and curiosity. It is for anyone that needs a safe comfortable place to make things; whether it is an electronics project, sewing, woodworking, metalworking, if you are a lone maker, hanging out with friends, or a parent/child project.

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 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).

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