Rashika Smith’s Resolve to Create Positive Impact Strengthens

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Rashika Smith is the Community Outreach VISTA serving at the Epilepsy Foundation Texas’ Dallas office. In May, she received the sad news that a five year old passed away in his sleep from epilepsy. Hearing about his death was hard and knowing he was just a child was even harder. Rashika met this child at Sharon’s Ride in Fort Worth. Sharon’s Ride is a fundraising and epilepsy awareness event. This was the first Epilepsy Foundation event the child and family attended and Rashika remembers seeing the child smiling and having fun. Rashika has learned first-hand that creating events is more than just making money. These events also help to make precious family memories. As a VISTA, Rashika’s work is behind the scenes where she creates positive impact and sometimes she does not get to see the results. The thought of the little boy gives her fuel to keep going and work even harder to raise money and awareness about epilepsy so one day another family does not wake up to their child not being able to say,” good morning”.

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 to summer camp. The Epilepsy Foundation Texas camping programs provide children and youth with epilepsy a safe, structured, FUN and encouraging home away from home. In order to learn more about how epilepsy effects individuals and families, Stephanie interviewed a father and son. The son has a seizure disorder and the father was away at work while most of the testing/diagnosis process was ongoing. They told her about the fear, worry, and anxiety of having to go through the medical testing. They also told her about the relief of becoming involved with the epilepsy foundation and how the agency has helped them. At that moment, Stephanie felt like she was a part of something important.

VISTA Rashika Smith Hits the Ground Running with a Successful Fundraiser

RashikaForget testing the water, VISTA Rashika Smith serving with the Epilepsy Foundation Texas, had to jump in fully clothed to make Sharon’s Ride a success. Sharon’s Ride is an educational and fundraising event to increase the community’s awareness of and support for individuals afflicted with epilepsy. Rashika began VISTA service at the end of March and thought she would be learning more about the foundation and plan for the even months ahead. That was not the case as the event was less than five weeks out and there was a lot to do. Rashika was tasked with contacting donors, recruiting volunteers and developing donor letters and volunteer job descriptions. She hit many dead-end walls but after receiving the first donation she gained the confidence she needed to keep moving forward. As a result, the event was a success we had over 20 volunteers, 100 participants, a variety of snacks, and the best part, Epilepsy Foundation Texas raised $53,000 to support children with epilepsy go to summer camp.

Service Opportunity!

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Community Outreach VISTA

As a VISTA at Epilepsy Foundation Texas you will help end poverty by increasing awareness of epilepsy and engaging the community through the development of community events and fundraisers. Major activities will be centered on the development of Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk for Epilepsy, a family oriented fund and awareness raising event. The VISTA will mobilize current volunteers and board members in the Fort Worth community and seek out new clients, families and local organizations for partnerships, coordinate peer-to-peer fundraising, expand media contacts, and develop a media kit for the Fort Worth Sharon’s Ride event. VISTAs serve their communities through indirect service. The programs developed by the VISTA will endure for years, however the VISTA member will have limited interaction with Epilepsy Foundation Texas’ clients and will be based in an office setting. Applicants should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, community organization and fundraising knowledge.

For a step-to-step guide on how to apply for this Service Opportunity please visit our Apply Now! Tab or Contact Us for any additional questions.

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As a VISTA at Epilepsy Foundation Texas in Houston you will help families and individuals living with epilepsy receive excellent programs and services such as medical clinics and camp programs. Major activities include researching and writing grants benefitting camp programs and medical clinics. The VISTA will build on the success of camp and clinic programs to increase overall community outreach through the development of processes, presentation and training materials/manuals used for outreach and retention of donors, campers and volunteers, etc. VISTAs serve their communities through indirect service. The programs developed by the VISTA will endure for years, however the VISTA member will have limited interaction with Epilepsy Foundation Texas’ clients and will be based in an office setting. Applicants should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, community organization and grant writing skills.

For a step-to-step guide on how to apply for this Service Opportunity please visit our Apply Now! Tab or Contact Us for any additional questions.