Colin Maczka ’20, a political science and history graduate, has been accepted into the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. He has been appointed to join the Project M.O.V.E. team in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.
Maczka was researching job opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area when he discovered the volunteer position at AmeriCorps. “I was immediately drawn to the program because it combined my love of local politics, community engagement and civic development,” he says.
Project M.O.V.E., which stands for Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience, operates out of city hall in Buffalo. “The central mission of Project M.O.V.E. is to combat poverty in Buffalo by utilizing city planning, local politics, community engagement and other governmental institutions,” says Maczka. Participants serve in various city departments, including Fair Housing, Buffalo Employment and Training Center.
“My responsibilities with Project M.O.V.E. will center around working with other members of the program, the Office of the Mayor and most importantly, the community members of Buffalo,” says Maczka. Working with city government and city managers, Project M.O.V.E. addresses complex social problems by pooling resources to make investments in programs that assist under-served neighborhoods.
On campus, Maczka was a dean’s list student and member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. He was the 2020 recipient of the Marvin Bram Prize for Civic Mindedness in History, as well as the Paul F. Colarulli ’72 Political Science award. He has worked as a political and organizing intern with the Democratic National Committee and interned with the Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz re-election campaign. While studying abroad in Bath, England in 2019, he volunteered with the Bath Liberal Democrats.
Maczka also served on a student tenure review committee for the Political Science Department while at HWS, and was communications director for the HWS College Democrats.
Maczka credits his HWS professors with inspiring him to pursue opportunities for public service and learning. “My time with the Political Science Department and the History Department has been quite influential.”
In the future, Maczka intends to earn a law degree. “My career goals include working as a Labor and Employment Attorney in either Buffalo or Washington, D.C.,” he says.