Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC), the statewide coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to supporting campus-based community service initiatives, has been awarded a $345,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. The amount is the largest ever in the history of RICC’s VISTA program and currently the largest in the state of Rhode Island.
The grant will support 23 (new) VISTA members serving across the state, some based on campuses and some in community organizations. RICC, under the direction of Providence College which serves as the host site for its headquarters, will assist these full-time VISTA members in building campus-community partnerships to specifically support education and economic opportunity.
“This grant aligns perfectly with what we do here at Providence College,” said Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., ’80. “We want to create good citizens for the next generation, and we want our students to be actively engaged in community service. This grant will help provide the resources to support some of our goals along those lines.”
“We are thrilled that all of Rhode Island’s colleges and universities have come together to support national service and building better communities in our state,” said RICC Executive Director Dr. Carie Hetzberg. “Rhode Island Campus Compact looks forward to sharing real impact and change through these VISTA members and newly formed campus-community partnerships.”
VISTAs directly impact local communities by leveraging a variety of campus and community resources to meet identified community needs. Through their unique placements, VISTAs build resources with community-based organizations and connect them with campus resources such as student volunteers, faculty teaching service-learning courses, and community Federal Work Study programs.
Host sites for 2014-2015 will be: Providence College, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, University of Rhode Island, Blackstone Academy Charter School, College Unbound, College Visions, Paul Cuffee School, Breakthrough Providence, and First Star Academy.
These organizations have committed to partnering with schools, colleges, local neighborhoods, and stakeholders to build dynamic, sustainable programs and infrastructure in support of the education and economic development needs of low-income students and communities.
For more information on RICC and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program, log onto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5A6ymNRcEg