To learn more about our VISTA project, contact

Shelley Irwin
VISTA Project Coordinator

Shenika Cumberbatch
VISTA Leader

Better Together’s VISTA team is a small but mighty group of AmeriCorps VISTAs serving throughout Central Oregon (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties) to develop innovative capacity building approaches that enhance educational opportunities and outcomes for children, youth and their families.

What do Better Together VISTA's do?

With an ultimate goal of everyone in our community finding a meaningful career that lifts them out of poverty, Our VISTAs build the capacity of not only nonprofit organizations, but also the community. Better Together VISTAs develop and expand educational opportunities in low income communities. On the ground, our VISTAs develop volunteer programs, create training opportunities, as well as develop and enhance education supports for the Central Oregon community.

Current VISTA Sites: Better Together | Camp Fire of Central Oregon | Central Oregon STEM Hub

Family Resource Center | TRACEs (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences)



I want to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Better Together.

You have what it takes to be successful as an AmeriCorps VISTA! Are you ready to commit to make Central Oregon a better place for children, youth and families? Better Together is looking for people (age 18+) who will commit to a year in service to the community. You will receive a modest living allowance and serve full time. You will receive 10 days personal time and other benefits. At the end of the year you’ll receive either an education award (the equivalent of a full Pell grant) or an $1,800 cash stipend—you choose.

Our project’s VISTA service term is July-July on a yearly basis.  We would love to hear from you year round and can take your contact information anytime.  Our formal recruitment time is April to June. If this sounds like an opportunity that you have been looking for please submit your name and contact information here.

If you find you have trouble with the application review this interactive guide.  If you still have trouble, please contact Shenika or Shelley and we will help you figure it out!


What is AmeriCorps VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty. President John F. Kennedy originated the idea for VISTA, which was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that alleviate poverty.

To learn more about AmeriCorps visit and the AmeriCorps VISTA FAQ.


Better Together

Working together to increase the number of students graduating from high school, continuing their education & training after high school, and ultimately beginning work in a career they find meaningful.