An AmeriCorps VISTA position through the UAB Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research is a year-long service and leadership program open to recent college graduates interested in strengthening UAB’s commitment and service to the Birmingham and Black Belt communities. VISTAs develop and complete projects designed to address educational inequity, public health, environmental sustainability, and economic opportunity initiatives in collaboration with K-12 schools and other community-based organizations.

To learn more about serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, please visit their website.

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National VISTA openings are listed on the AmeriCorps VISTA website. Select Alabama-based opportunities are listed below (or search opportunities by state for a full list).

Current VISTAs

Eden Kim

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Ross English

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Valeri Razo

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Layla Tajmir

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Neelu Varghese

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VISTA Opportunities

  • ACE Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA

    ACE is dedicated to making Social and Emotional Learning an integral part of education in Alabama. ACE envisions a self-sustainable culture of peace, productivity, and prosperity in the schools and communities with which we interact.

  • ACE Life Skills Education Program Coordinator VISTA

    ACE is dedicated to making Social and Emotional Learning an integral part of education in Alabama. ACE envisions a self-sustainable culture of peace, productivity, and prosperity in the schools and communities with which we interact.

  • ACE South Alabama Community Engagement Specialist VISTA

    ACE is dedicated to making Social and Emotional Learning an integral part of education in Alabama. ACE envisions a self-sustainable culture of peace, productivity, and prosperity in the schools and communities with which we interact.

  • ACE Social Justice Program Coordinator VISTA

    ACE is dedicated to making Social and Emotional Learning an integral part of education in Alabama. ACE envisions a self-sustainable culture of peace, productivity, and prosperity in the schools and communities with which we interact.

  • ACE West Alabama Community Engagement Specialist VISTA

    ACE is dedicated to making Social and Emotional Learning an integral part of education in Alabama. ACE envisions a self-sustainable culture of peace, productivity, and prosperity in the schools and communities with which we interact.

  • Agency Capacity Coordinator

    The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s (CFBCA) mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. CFBCA aims to accomplish this mission by supplying upwards of 20 million meals per year to over 250 Partner Agencies across a 12 county service area. CFBCA’s Partner Agencies (501c3 non-profits or religious organizations) work toward closing the hunger gap by addressing food insecurity in their communities. Our Agencies and Programs Department actively recruits new partners while monitoring and supporting our existing Agency Network.

  • Assistant Agency Relations Coordinator

    The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. We accomplish this mission by supplying millions of meals per year to 250 food pantries, shelters, and children’s programs in 12 counties of Central Alabama. Our Partner Agencies (501c3 non-profits or religious organizations) are working on closing the hunger gap in their community. Our Agency Relations Department actively recruits new partners, while monitoring, and supporting our existing Agency Network. Without our Partner Agencies, CFB would not be able to complete our mission.

  • Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator

    To engage the community in Dallas County Alabama to participate in public health screenings. To empower the community to take responsibility for their health outcomes. The VISTA will be instrumental in all aspects of research including, recruitment, retention, and visit coordination. The VISTA will help build capacity related to public health and create a sustainable health improvement plan that can be leveraged to alleviate poverty.

  • BAMA Kids Engagement Coordinator

    BAMA Kids Inc. exists to improve the well-being-both physically and spiritually of youth in Wilcox County by combining organized recreational and educational activities, developing and promoting leadership involvement for youth and their parents, and by promoting life skills to prevent substance abuse and other harmful activities.

  • Black Belt Give-Back Initiative Monitor VISTA

    Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing states and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.

  • Black Belt Women Rising Community Coordinator VISTA

    BlackBelt Women Rising is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving individuals of African American descent and other individuals dealing with crises. The focus areas are domestic violence and sexual assault, HIV awareness, poverty, and the environment. We will be providing culturally specific sensitive services through prevention education, court advocacy, as well as our training workshops and presentations for other shelters, members of the LGBTQ+ community, other community organizations, health, legal, and law enforcement professionals.

  • Black Belt Women Rising LGBTQ+ Coordinator VISTA

    BlackBelt Women Rising is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving individuals of African American descent and other individuals dealing with crises. The focus areas are domestic violence and sexual assault, HIV awareness, poverty, and the environment. We will be providing culturally specific sensitive services through prevention education, court advocacy, as well as our training workshops and presentations for other shelters, members of the LGBTQ+ community, other community organizations, health, legal, and law enforcement professionals.

  • Blazer Kitchen-Food Security VISTA

    Blazer Kitchen is UAB's on-campus food pantry open to all UAB students and employees. The pantry provides fresh and non-perishable foods as well as toiletries and household supplies to those who are food insecure.

  • Cahaba Assistant Development/Outreach Coordinator

    The goal of this project is to build capacity for Cahaba Riverkeeper’s science-based programs through development and outreach activities to protect, restore, and promote the Cahaba River and its water basin in Alabama. We patrol the waters and respond to pollution complaints and take action to ensure the problem is resolved. We educate the public about swim safety and trash abatement through active monitoring initiatives. We educate via social and mass media and in classrooms, including a school-based clean water and environment curriculum for middle school science teachers and students to raise awareness and knowledge of clean water.

  • Community Food Bank Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

    The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solutions to end hunger tomorrow. We accomplish this mission by supplying millions of meals per year to 250 food pantries, shelters, and children’s programs in 12 counties of Central Alabama. This project is sustained by recruiting new volunteers and developing ways of keeping past volunteers involved. The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama alleviates poverty by allowing individuals experiencing food insecurity to focus their efforts and income on activities that lead to self-sufficiency.

  • Coosa RiverKeeper Development Coordinator

    To build capacity for Coosa Riverkeeper’s programs through development activities to protect, restore, and promote the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama. We patrol the waters and respond to pollution complaints. Our organization educates the public about swim safety and fish consumption through active monitoring initiatives. When necessary, we advocate for the river in courtrooms and classrooms.

  • Coosa Riverkeeper Grants Coordinator VISTA

    Coosa Riverkeeper was founded in 2010 by a group of environmental leaders in the Coosa Valley of Alabama in response to the river being listed as the 10th most endangered river in the United States by American Rivers. From humble beginnings in a small mini-storage warehouse office in Riverside on the banks of Logan Martin Lake, our organization has grown to three full-time staff, dozens of interns, an excellent Board of Directors, an Advisory Council, dozens of volunteers, and interns, and hundreds of members. Our office is now located in the Town of Mt Laurel, just off the north fork of Yellow Leaf Creek which is an important tributary to Lay Lake on the Coosa.

  • Education, Outreach, and Communications Coordinator for UAB Sustainability

    Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Performance toward sustainability can be described using the triple bottom line, which encourages decision-making based on effects among the interrelated dimensions of economy, society, and environment. For example, selecting the type of paper to use in offices may include not just the cost of the paper (economy), but also the way the trees are harvested to make the paper (environment) and how the paper company’s employees are treated (society).

  • Education, Outreach, and Communications Coordinator for UAB

    Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Performance toward sustainability can be described using the triple bottom line, which encourages decision-making based on effects among the interrelated dimensions of economy, society, and environment. For example, selecting the type of paper to use in offices may include not just the cost of the paper (economy), but also the way the trees are harvested to make the paper (environment) and how the paper company’s employees are treated (society).

  • Entrepreneurship Program Development Coordinator

    Urban Impact Inc. (UII) is a 501 (c)(3) local place-based community and economic development agency that advances asset building, economic opportunity, and revitalization of the Historic 4th Avenue Business District and the Civil Rights District through support and services to assist individuals, businesses and developers. We strive to lead, build and grow traditionally underserved and historic African-American commercial districts and communities. We create economic opportunities and impact people, places, and businesses.

  • Food Security Coordinator

    Serve with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, to support and connect community organizations in the Birmingham area that are working to promote and maintain food security.

  • Freshwater Land Trust Outreach Coordinator VISTA

    Freshwater Land Trust conserves, connects, and cares for land and water in Central Alabama, creating dynamic green spaces for future generations. In the simplest terms, we conserve land and build trails so that Alabama’s communities are healthier and happier. Since 1996, we have worked to conserve land that is critical for the protection of rivers and provide recreational opportunities for local communities. We work in Bibb, Blount, Dallas, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties and are proud to partner with governments, corporations, landowners, and community groups to protect our natural environment and to increase public outdoo recreational opportunities. We are nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, meeting national standards of excellence, upholding the public trust, and ensuring conservation efforts are permanent.

  • Marketing and Development Coordinator

    Alaquest Collaborative For Education (ACE) programs encourage improved mental health, reduced violence, and foster positive environments for both students and adults. Specifically, ACE work in schools is dedicated to improved academic performance, life outcomes, and increased graduation rates of students in underserved communities.

  • Marketing, Promotions, and Special Events Assistant VISTA

    YouthServe exists to promote youth volunteerism and leadership while giving youth the tools to make positive impacts in their communities. YouthServe empowers youth leadership through civic engagement, service, and philanthropy.

  • Offender Alumni Association (OAA) Vista

    The Offender Alumni Association’s mission is to create a network of former offenders who inspire each other to reduce recidivism, develop healthy relationships within their communities, and provide opportunities for social, economic, and civic empowerment.

  • Opioid Addiction Prevention and Education VISTA

    Working with the Community Health Action Partnerships for Jefferson and Walker Counties through the United Way or the UAB School of Public Health or the UAB School of Medicine, VISTAs will support work in Opioid prevention and education by engaging in the following service activities:

    1. Facilitate Partnerships,
    2. Leveraging Community Volunteers,
    3. Program Planning, Creation, and Expansion,
    4. Outreach,
    5. Program Development and Implementation,
    6. Assessment and Evaluation, and/or
    7. Resource Development.
  • Overdose to Action VISTA

    The mission of the Jefferson County Department of Health is to prevent disease and assure access to quality health care, promote a healthy lifestyle and a healthy environment and protect against public health threats.

  • Pine Apple Community Engagement Coordinator

    The Pine Apple/W.J. Jones Alumni Association Inc. stated purposes and goals, to wit: to provide the community of Pine Apple, Alabama with a tutorial program to improve educational skills of the youth in Pine Apple, Alabama and surrounding areas of Wilcox County, Alabama; to program in conjunction with other resources to improve adult literacy in Wilcox County; and to provide a physical fitness program to increase the level of fitness for youth and adults in Wilcox County, Alabama.

  • Project ETC Coordinator VISTA

    The overall goal of this project is to enhance awareness of the modes of HIV transmission and to increase the HIV prevention efforts for individuals who are receiving services in Drug and Substance Treatment Facilities and linkage to care for individuals with newly diagnosed HIV infection.

  • Recovery Resource Center Opioid Program Assistant VISTA

    Navigating our community’s substance abuse treatment system can be overwhelming. The Recovery Resource Center is a collaborative initiative dedicated to simplifying that process by providing a central point of information. To increase access to substance use treatment in Alabama, the Recovery Resource Center’s AmeriCorps VISTA position will work to provide new capacity to the program by engaging with clients daily while also maintaining and developing various projects.

  • Regional Workforce and Education Systems Data Designer

    To ensure equitable access to education and training opportunities for all residents in the region that lead to local career opportunities. The Building (it) Together Initiative Vista project will collect research and data to create better alignment among education and training providers and build the capacity of educational institutions to graduate students skilled and qualified for the current labor market. The VISTAs will Ensure curriculum, programs, and institutions are aligned with the region’s current and expected growth within the target industries.

  • Restorative Leadership Coordinator (LifeCrafter Foundation)

    Recruit non-traditional, pre-professional students, and through experiential learning programming and pre-law advising, equip them with the competencies to develop and model restorative leadership through the lens of law in their communities to recognize and combat injustice and alleviate associated poverty.

  • Revitalization Program Development Coordinator VISTA

    Urban Impact Inc. (UII) is a 501 (c)(3) local place-based community and economic development agency that advances asset building, economic opportunity and revitalization of the Historic 4th Avenue Business District and the Civil Rights District through support and services to assist individuals, businesses and developers. We strive to lead, build and grow traditionally underserved and historic African-American commercial districts and communities. We create economic opportunity and impact people, place and business.

  • Rural Health Liaison VISTA

    The VISTA will serve as connectors and communicators between UAB Department of pediatrics project personnel and community members to facilitate capacity building for the Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infection in at-risk communities in rural Alabama public health promotion project.

  • Samford University Outreach and Engagement Fellow

    The goal of the project is to increase the organizational capacity of partnering organizations that serve low-income communities and families. The VISTA will develop policies, procedures and programming that result in improved university-community project operations and effectiveness. By building long-term sustainability and enhancing the positive impact of Samford University’s community partnerships, this VISTA member will support the growing number of Mann Center initiatives that engage university students and employees.

  • UAB Black Belt VISTA Leader

    The UAB Black Belt VISTA Leader will support VISTA members and the Black Belt VISTA Coordinator in developing and building the capacity of VISTA members and community organizations in rural Alabama. They will also create connections and develop partnerships in the Birmingham metro area. Their service will assist in creating sustainable solutions to poverty in rural Alabama.

  • UAB Health Behavior VISTA

    Work with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health Department of Health Behavior and local partnering agencies, to address mental health, substance use, COVID-19, and Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE). The VISTAs activities will benefit act risk groups in the Birmingham Metro Area and assist with the alleviation of property.

  • UAB Leadership & Service Fellow VISTA

    This project is designed to build capacity for volunteerism programs among The University of Alabama at Birmingham undergraduate and graduate student body. Areas of designed service should support student exposure to and engagement with hunger and homelessness, access to education, food insecurity, community development, etc.

  • UAB Media Fellow

    The UAB Media Fellow will promote the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research and its programming throughout UAB and the Birmingham metro area. This work will assist in increasing UAB student and faculty involvement in education, health, and economic opportunity initiatives in collaboration with community-based organizations and K-12 schools.

  • UAB Outreach and Engagement Fellowship VISTA

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Outreach and Engagement fellows will develop projects designed to increase UAB student and faculty involvement in education, health, and economic opportunity initiatives in collaboration with K-12 schools and other community-based organizations. Responsibilities: Create and manage pathways and incentives for students to develop their community engagement interests, both on- and off-campus, while providing capacity-building opportunities to community partners Create and manage additional support structures, including facilitating community partnerships, for faculty members teaching serving-learning courses Develop capacity for UAB to increase the number of local students who enroll and succeed in college at UAB, including providing on-campus guidance to those admitted students Assist with media outreach efforts, including documenting the quantity and quality of outreach efforts to grow the culture of community engagement across campus Assess service-learning course outcomes and evaluate program successes Successful candidates will exhibit a record of community service and/or civic engagement; demonstrated leadership; the ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals, including college students, children, the elderly, working families, and community-based partners; the ability to multi-task and exhibit flexibility in a fast-paced environment; and a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

  • Wilcox County Community Health Liaison

    The liaison will support health education, research, and community development in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and West Central Alabama Community Health Improvement League (WCACHIL). Their efforts will build the capacity of WCAHIL and empower the community to alleviate pressing health concerns.

  • YouthServe Program Assistant

    YouthServe exists to promote youth volunteerism and leadership while giving youth the tools to make positive impacts in their communities. YouthServe empowers youth leadership through civic engagement, service, and philanthropy.

  • YouthServe Program Assistant VISTA

    YouthServe exists to promote youth volunteerism and leadership while giving youth the tools to make positive impacts in their communities. YouthServe empowers youth leadership through civic engagement, service, and philanthropy.