Starting Fall 2020, our members can earn an MBA from Carson Newman University while serving over 2 terms and have their tuition 100% covered by the AmeriCorps education award!
CAC AmeriCorps’ VISTA Program engages individuals of all ages supporting organizations focused on eliminating poverty in our region. VISTA members build capacity in organizations through program development, volunteer recruitment, data collection, curriculum development, fundraising, and more!
CAC AmeriCorps’ Environmental Program is our longest running program, continuously operating since 1994, and engages individuals, primarily between the ages of 18-25, in projects focusing on enhancing community resilience through environmental education, improving public lands and infrastructure, and disaster preparedness and response.
Building sustainable communities through hands, heart, and mind.
Established in 1994, CAC AmeriCorps is a national service program that combines elements of traditional conservation practice with community action that informs our work and places it in the broader context of the region. CAC AmeriCorps members work to improve public lands, streams and greenways, educate the public, meet immediate human needs through disaster response, eliminate barriers to employment, contribute to healthier lifestyles and build volunteer capacity to enhance the ability of our partners to get things done. We are committed to human and environmental justice in our communities through enduring acts of service.
Small Steps Make a Big Difference
Watercolor by 2004-2005 & 2005-2006 Alum Tracie Pouliot.
Members managed 3,993 volunteers during the 2017-2018 service year leveraging nearly 15,083 volunteer hours valued at $372,399.
Acres of Public Lands Improved
Members improved 1,015 acres of public lands during the 2017-2018 service year. Interventions included debris removal, prescribed fire operations and invasive species removal.
Miles of Trails and Waterways Improved
Members improved 105 miles of trail and waterways during the 2017-2018 service year. Interventions included debris removal, trail maintenance and water quality projects.
Members provided environmental education to 7,142 unique individuals through in-school and community based interventions during the 2017-2018 service year .
Job Training and Employment
Members provided job training to 103 individuals improving their employment / career options during the 2018-2019 service year.
Members increased access to food and nutrition resources for 18,907 individuals during the 2018-2019 service year.
VISTA members built capacity in over 12 nonprofit organizations in the greater Knoxville area by leveraging $179,621.24 in cash and grant funding during the 2018-2019 corps year.