In 2017, United Way Battlement to the Bells became part of the Volunteers in Service to America Family. VISTA was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Locally, we welcomed 13 skilled VISTA volunteers, fondly known as VISTAs, for assignment to eligible non-profit and other organizations. Each volunteer works to expand organizational capacity through program expansion, volunteer recruitment, marketing and website development, and fundraising. We have partnered with several nonprofits which include: CASA of the Ninth, Youthzone, West Mountain Regional Health Alliance, Alpine Legal Services, Family Visitor Programs, Highwater Farm, Literacy Outreach, LIFT-UP, Habitat for Humanity, Colorado Mountain College, and Garco Design Works, Arc of the Central Mountains, Smiling Goat Ranch.

The United Way Battlement to the Bells AmeriCorps VISTA Proje

  • Recruited over 330 volunteers
  • Managed over 4,100 volunteer hours
  • Leveraged over $384,300 in cash resources for local nonprofits
  • More than $139,000 in-kind resources were leveraged for local nonprofits
  • Had 5 VISTAs successfully complete their year of service
  • Completed third full year of VISTA partnership

Data reflects time period from 09/13/2020 to 09/30/2021

Join the Team

We are recruiting VISTAs for January 2023 and Spring 2023 service start dates, so please bear with us as we get things updated and moving forward for the new year. If you are interested in serving with us, please view the following sponsor organizations and for questions or to receive more information about these opportunities, please contact Melissa Harris, Executive Director at 970-625-8189


VISTA Program Sponsor Organizations


Recruiting for January 2023:

Aspen Youth Center, Community Relations and Capacity Building VISTA

Court Appointed Special Advocate of the Ninth VISTA

United Way Battlement to the Bells VISTA Leader


Recruiting for Spring 2023:

Community Engagement and Public Relations VISTA, Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin County COAD

Habitat for Humanity, Family Support VISTA

LIFT-UP, Food Security Volunteer Programs Specialist VISTA




Interested in adding an AmeriCorps VISTA Member to your organization?

Contact Melissa Harris

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