April was an excellent month for Interfaith Ministries of Denton, an emergency financial assistance agency in Denton, TX, to have an experienced VISTA. Community Outreach VISTA Rebecca Dake was able to take over a major back-to-school assistance project when a staff member moved on to another job opportunity. Rebecca took on the planning, coordination and execution of online registration and four in-person registrations for local families who met a financial hardship requirement—enrollment in the local school district’s Free & Reduced Meals Program. So far the registration process has secured spots for nearly 800 children to receive a backpack and school supplies, and as donations allow, a clothing gift card and book. When a new project lead was hired, Rebecca was able to train the new staff member on the registration process and next steps to continue coordinating and managing the project. As April is her last month of a one-year service term, Rebecca has updated the new staff member on outreach activities she led during the year. She trained the staff member in social media techniques, graphic design software, newsletter creation and email marketing campaigns. She also leaves behind a manual—with graphics of course—to make website updates, social media posts, tabling opportunities and other outreach activities easier to execute.
We are very proud to announce that our VISTAs Erica Svenson and Marc Thompson will be completing their full year of national service at the beginning of November 2015.
Erica has spent the last year serving as the Thrift Store Outreach Coordinator VISTA for Denton County Friends of the Family located in Denton, TX. Marc served his year as the Shared Services Specialist VISTA with Serve Denton. He is now working with Goodwill Industries.
We wish them both the best!
AmeriCorps VISTA continues 50th anniversary year celebrations with a special live-streamed event from the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 16, 2015.
Speakers will include author George R. R. Martin, who served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer from 1970-1972, and Paul Monteiro, Director of AmeriCorps VISTA.
Tune in to the Livestream at 4:00 pm ET/2:00 pm MT on September 16, 2015, to join George R. R. Martin and other speakers as they reflect on AmeriCorps VISTA and its 50 year legacy working to lift people out of poverty.
Register for the livestream event here.
Learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA 50th Anniversary.
Katherine has spent the last year serving as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for PediPlace located in Lewisville, TX. She will be leaving our project to work with at-risk youth in the Dallas ISD school system. We wish her the best! Fortunately for us, Nate has elected to continue serving a second year of service with Our Daily Bread as their Grants and Resource Development VISTA.