Welcome 2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA Members

August 31, 2020

In July and August we welcomed a majority of our 2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA members to North Carolina Campus Compact and to their host sites across the state.

Our VISTAs serve in the NC Afterschool Corps or the NC Hunger Corps during their year of national service.

This year, we’re pleased to have six Hunger Corps members and five Afterschool Corps members working with institutions and community partners to alleviate poverty through building the capacity of food security programs and extended learning programs for children in under served areas.  Our VISTAs also have the unique opportunity of serving at the intersection of higher education and community engagement and building the capacity of campus and community organization partnerships while also expanding volunteer opportunities for students and community members.

We’re excited to welcome several new host sites to our program this year.  We welcome UNC Pembroke and Triangle Bikeworks to our Afterschool Corps and we welcome NC State University and UNC Asheville to our Hunger Corps this year.

Our Hunger Corps host site at UNC Asheville is made possible, in part, by a $5,000 sponsorship from Food Lion Feeds.  In 2018, NC Campus Compact launched the Collegiate Hunger Challenge with Food Lion Feeds and we are thrilled to expand our partnership into our NC Hunger Corps VISTA program.

We look forward to further introducing you to our VISTAs and our host sites throughout the service year.

Meet our 2020-2021 NC Afterschool Corps VISTAs:


Makenzie Bennett

2nd Year VISTA

Host Site:  UNC Asheville

Undergraduate Alma Mater: Mars Hill University


Kevin Melvin

Host Site:  UNC Pembroke

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  UNC Pembroke


Sadie Richey

Host Site:  Triangle Bikeworks

Undergraduate Alma Mater: Clemson University


Elly Thompson

Host Site:  Duke University

Undergraudate Alma Mater:  UNC Chapel Hill


Heaven Valentine

Host Site:  Warren Wilson College

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  Warren Wilson College


Meet our 2020-2021 NC Hunger Corps VISTAs:


Syed Ameen Ahmad

Host Site:  NC State University

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  Duke University


Maria Fairchild

Host Site:  UNC Asheville

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  Carleton College


Hannah Fraser

Host Site:  Wingate University

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  Western Carolina University


Deborah Gunsallus

Host Site:  UNC Pembroke

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  UNC Pembroke


Emily Koester

Host Site:  UNC Greensboro

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  UNC Chapel Hill


Lekisha Pittman

2nd Year VISTA

Host Site:  East Carolina University

Undergraduate Alma Mater:  East Carolina University