CCNH and Lincoln Financial Foundation Partner 
to Lift Low-Income Students  

May 4, 2022

Lincoln Financial Foundation’s continued support for CCNH’s AmeriCorps VISTA program helps students succeed in school, college, and careers

The Lincoln Financial Foundation and Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) will continue their longstanding partnership to help students in New Hampshire reach their full potential. For the ninth consecutive year, the Lincoln Financial Foundation will provide essential grant funding for CCNH’s school-based AmeriCorps VISTA program. The program places volunteers in communities throughout New Hampshire to help low-income students succeed in school and beyond.

“Education is one of the cornerstones of our work to build strong, vital communities,” notes Nancy Rogers, President of the Lincoln Financial Foundation and SVP, Corporate Responsibility, of the Lincoln Financial Group. “We are pleased to continue our support of CCNH’s VISTA program, which has helped thousands of New Hampshire students improve their learning skills, succeed in school, and prepare for college and careers. The power of this program can be seen in schools and communities across the state.”

AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal program that supports volunteers working to combat poverty. CCNH’s VISTA program focuses on expanding education access and success and improving workforce readiness among low-income and first-generation students. CCNH VISTAs provide outreach, tutoring, mentoring, and resources to help students advance in school and understand their postsecondary options.

The Lincoln Financial Foundation awards grants to hundreds of nonprofits each year that empower and improve the lives of people in their communities through effective education, financial wellness, and human services. Through a collaboration to help build strong communities in New Hampshire, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has supported CCNH’s VISTA program since 2013.

This long-term support has helped the program develop sustainable structures in areas like outreach, recruitment, and training, says CCNH Executive Director Debby Scire. “Because VISTAs serve a one-year term, these structures are essential for building on the prior year’s work and ensuring that our VISTA volunteers both give and receive maximum value,” Scire notes.

“The Lincoln Financial Foundation’s support over nearly a decade has led to an ongoing cycle of success,” Scire continues. “Our VISTAs are able to build on existing systems to reach thousands of students in underserved areas. This work is making a lasting difference in the lives of students and in their communities.”