Meghan Kajihara Witnesses the Outcomes of her Work at NewDay Services

Meghan Kajihara serves as the Community Outreach VISTA for NewDay Services in Denton TX. In July, Meghan established new relationships with 9 local businesses with the hope to establish the Fatherhood EFFECT program with business owners as a resources for employees as well as a place where they can seek service referrals. By working with … Continue reading Meghan Kajihara Witnesses the Outcomes of her Work at NewDay Services

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Melanie Cheney Participates in a Presentation Leading to Big Donation for Plano Children’s Theatre

In June 2017, AmeriCorps VISTA Resource Development Officer Melanie Cheney serving with Plano Children’s Theatre helped deliver a presentation at the Plano Metro Rotary Luncheon that resulted in a $5,000 donation from the club. This donation will be used to pay for scholarships for underprivileged children who cannot otherwise afford tuition costs. This will allow … Continue reading Melanie Cheney Participates in a Presentation Leading to Big Donation for Plano Children’s Theatre

VISTA Stephanie De Los Santos Writes Grants Benefiting Children with Epilepsy

Stephanie De Los Santos, Camp and Resource Development VISTA serving with the Epilepsy Foundation Texas, began her year of service in March and dove right in to grant writing. Stephanie has been able to submit 3 grants for a potential outcome of $33,600. If awarded the funds will be used to send children with epilepsy … Continue reading VISTA Stephanie De Los Santos Writes Grants Benefiting Children with Epilepsy

Volunteer Recruitment and Management Activities Keep VISTA Sean Enfield Busy

In April, VISTA Sean Enfield recruited 20 new volunteers and managed 52 volunteers to help organize a number of events for the North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) organization. He connected with the Plano chapter of the National Charity League to operate a crafting booth at the Shops of Willow Bend, a mall located in Plano, … Continue reading Volunteer Recruitment and Management Activities Keep VISTA Sean Enfield Busy

VISTA Melanie Cheney Streamlines Communication and Increases Donations at Plano Children’s Theatre

The mission of the North Texas Performing Arts – Plano Children’s Theatre is to develop the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. Plano Children’s Theatre offers full-ride scholarships to talented and less privileged children, provides complimentary tickets to charitable organizations, teacher groups, and school fundraising events and offers free programming … Continue reading VISTA Melanie Cheney Streamlines Communication and Increases Donations at Plano Children’s Theatre

April Neal Organizes a Successful Dine-In Fundraiser

April Neal, the Grants and Resource Development VISTA at Youth and Family Counseling coordinated the first dine-in fundraiser of the year at the IHOP restaurant in Lewisville, TX. Everyone had a great time playing board games and purchasing raffle tickets. Over $200 was raised through in-kind donations of gift cards, raffle sales, and the percentage … Continue reading April Neal Organizes a Successful Dine-In Fundraiser

Rebecca Dake Creates Video to Increase Awareness of Interfaith Ministries Apple Tree Project

Rebecca Dake, Community Outreach VISTA at Interfaith Ministries (IFM) of Denton, partnered this month with the Denton Independent School District (ISD) on a video about the Apple Tree Project. IFM's Apple Tree Project provides back-to-school assistance to Denton ISD families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals Program. Rebecca interviewed Barb Haflich, the district's … Continue reading Rebecca Dake Creates Video to Increase Awareness of Interfaith Ministries Apple Tree Project

Melanie Cheney Increases Donations to Plano Children’s Theatre’s

In March 2017, Plano Children’s Theatre’s Resource Development VISTA, Melanie Cheney, helped source and collect auction items for North Texas Performing Arts' annual online auction. She delegated National Honor Society volunteers to call businesses in Plano and inquired about potential donations of gift cards and services. Information was taken from interested donors and Melanie visited … Continue reading Melanie Cheney Increases Donations to Plano Children’s Theatre’s

New Service Opportunities To Begin in August

The VISTA North Texas project has 3 new service opportunities that will begin on August 14th. Applications will be accepted through June 30th. Denton Christian Preschool Marketing and Fundraising VISTA  Denton Christian Preschool (DCP), located in Denton, TX, provides early education for at-risk children in the community. The Marketing and Fundraising VISTA will increase community awareness … Continue reading New Service Opportunities To Begin in August

VISTA Melanie Kuriger Begins Networking in Collin County

In the past month, Melanie Kuriger, an AmeriCorps VISTA at Plano Children's Theatre/North Texas Performing Arts, has been working on developing a knowledge of the local businesses in Plano and establishing relationships with potential funders. On November 22, Melanie attended her first Chamber of Commerce meeting for the Fairview/Allen areas. She arrived alone, and was … Continue reading VISTA Melanie Kuriger Begins Networking in Collin County