February VISTA Spotlight

RashikaName: Rashika Smith

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Alma Mater: Florida A&M in Tallahassee

Volunteer history: I did AmeriCorps City Year and Pfeiffer Camp. I also volunteered with CASA, Red Cross, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Why did you choose VISTA? I chose VISTA because of my experiences with the AmeriCorps in the past through City Year and Pfeiffer Camp. When I had the opportunity to move to a new city, I knew the skills that I would continue to gain while giving back to my new community would AmeriCorps would be exceptional. This was also an opportunity to develop skills for graduate school.

Tell us a little bit about what your organization does and your role in it: Epilepsy Foundation helps lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy. My role is fundraising and community outreach.

What is your biggest accomplishment as a VISTA so far?  I was able to increase the fundraising efforts for the entire organization. I was able to help increase volunteerism.



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