SMIF coordinates and supports AmeriCorps VISTA members who serve in our region. The focus of the VISTA members is on work in the area of "Economic Opportunity," enabling individuals to obtain or train for gainful employment. VISTA members serve in 501(c) nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; faith-based organizations; tribal, state, and local government agencies to build organizational capacity for conducting anti-poverty work. Applications are accepted annually in November. Individuals interested in this program may contact Pam Bishop, VP of Economic Development, at 507-455-3215 or