Tori Wheelis Increased Social Media Traffic and Raises Funds for PediPlace

img_1081PediPlace welcomed the newest member of their team, VISTA Tori Wheelis. Her role in the organization will be to help increase capacity by building a solid presence on social media as well as increasing patient and volunteer/donor engagement through social media and expanded volunteer opportunities. Tori jumped in head first, creating an online social media publicity campaign for PediPlace’s biggest fundraising event in September, North Texas Giving Day. Through her efforts, PediPlace raised $6,135 on North Texas Giving Day. PediPlace has also seen an increase in traffic and followers on Instagram and Twitter, and an uptick in Facebook engagement.


VISTA Kendra Reams Keeps PediPlace Connected with the Community

Kendra Reams VISTA 50th TestimonialJune was a crazy month at PediPlace, a non-profit children’s health clinic in Lewisville. From celebrating the twenty year anniversary of the Director of Clinical Operations with PediPlace, to making the final steps to moving and preparing for a clinic remodel, to being celebrated as the Community Spotlight for CoServ, AmeriCorps VISTA, Kendra Reams ensured that these internal and community wide updates were visible and shared with the community. Social media presence allows for accessible interaction with the community, patients and their families, and donors. While attending a special presentation of PediPlace at a Rough Riders baseball game, a board member and donor mentioned that they appreciated being able to stay connected with the on goings of PediPlace via the updated Facebook page. It is a testament that the work of a VISTA is reaching the community and raising awareness of PediPlace’s great work.

Kendra Reams Takes on Volunteer Management at PediPlace


Kendra Reams is the Marketing and Communications VISTA at PediPlace

In May, Kendra Reams, the AmeriCorps VISTA at PediPlace, took on a role outside of her usual marketing and graphic design work by managing volunteers. She recruited and facilitated communication with a small youth group and other charitable organizations. Kendra’s first group of volunteers spent 20 hours gathering supplies for and putting together around $120 worth of baby supplies and books for the New Mother Baby Bags.

Service Opportunity!

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PediPlace Resource Development VISTA

As a VISTA Member at PediPlace, you will help end poverty by increasing donation and volunteer opportunities to make healthcare a reality for every kid. Major functions include developing new fundraising activities to be used in PediPlace’s service areas, increasing awareness and marketing volunteer opportunities by growing current and establishing new relationships with community groups and businesses, creating or updating collateral marketing materials and improving current social media communications. VISTAs serve their communities through indirect service. The programs developed by the Resource Development VISTA will endure for years, however the VISTA member will have limited interaction with PediPlace clients and will be based in an office setting. Applicants must be able to work independently, possess strong verbal and written communication skills and be social media and computer savvy. Applicants must be able to “think outside the box” and use creativity in this position.

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.

VISTA Kendra Reams Expands PediPlace’s Online Presence

IMG_4337AmeriCorps VISTA member Kendra Reams continues to build the online presence of PediPlace, a non-profit children’s health clinic in Lewisville, TX. Within the last month, PediPlace’s message reached over 2,500 people via Facebook alone. For the month of February, activity on PediPlace’s Twitter account also increased exponentially. With over 9,000 impressions made, PediPlace’s Twitter account gained 27 new followers and the profile visits increased by 656.8%. With the growing presence of PediPlace via social media, more supporters and potential patients are exposed to the mission of making healthcare a reality for every kid.

PediPlace is a partner agency of the VISTA North Texas project.

VISTA Kendra Reams and PediPlace Spread Holiday Joy

Kendra Reams VISTA 50th TestimonialDecember 2015 was a great conclusion for PediPlace, a non-profit children’s health clinic. Thanks to the work of AmeriCorps VISTA, Kendra Reams, the toy drives, volunteer organization and distribution of toys and warm clothes for PediPlace’s patients went smoothly and successfully.

PediPlace adopted 4 families with a total of 21 children to which the toys and clothing were given. The Motorcycle Toy Drive brought in 157 new toys and $200 in cash donations. Another 450 toys were donated from various community groups.

Kendra developed social media marketing materials to make a final push for the Holiday Giving program which garnered $23,000 in cash donations to the agency. With the various toy drives, volunteers decorating, families adopted, and community supporters, PediPlace has been able to not only make health care a reality for every kid, but also were able to make a Happy Holiday a reality for their patients.

VISTA Member “Ups the Ante” for PediPlace Fundraiser

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After months and months of planning, PediPlace’s first PediPlace Poker Party was a hit! AmeriCorps VISTA member, Kendra Reams, helped advertise for the event as well as reach out online to find sponsors and participants. The PediPlace Poker Party had 96 participants and raised $3800 for PediPlace and its programs.

PediPlace is a partner agency of the VISTA North Texas Project.

VISTA Member Expands the Reach of PediPlace’s Services to Richardson Independent School District

Kendra Reams VISTA 50th TestimonialVISTA member Kendra Reams, made important connections for PediPlace, the nonprofit pediatric clinic in Lewisville, TX. Kendra made it possible for PediPlace to get in the doors of Richardson ISD, a school district where PediPlace was previously not allowed to share the information about their services.

Connections to school districts, like Richardson ISD, are very beneficial for the population of students attending Richardson, because, not only is PediPlace easily accessible due to the new clinic located in Richardson, but the services are at little or no cost for all families who are uninsured, underinsured, or who have CHIP or MEDICAID. PediPlace is a partner agency of the AmeriCorps VISTA North Texas Project.

VISTA Member Kendra Reams Increases PediPlace’s Social Media Presence

Kendra Reams VISTA 50th TestimonialPediPlace is a non-profit pediatric clinic in Lewisville, TX which provides services to the underinsured and uninsured children of North Texas. The mission of PediPlace is to make healthcare a reality for every kid. An important component of VISTA member Kendra Reams’ service is to expand and engage the supporter base through social media. Kendra has increased engagement among community partners and patients through the creation of short, easily digestible videos and images such as her YouTube video for North Texas Giving Day which can be viewed here. In Kendra’s first month of service, she has increased activity on Facebook from 1 average weekly page visit and 0 people engaged to 106 weekly page visits and 344 people engaged. Through social media interaction, Kendra has cultivated a closer relationship between PediPlace and the community which has increased investments from established supporters, as well as, new supporters.

PediPlace is a partner agency of the Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc. AmeriCorps VISTA North Texas project.

Congratulations and Goodbye to Our New Alumni!

Nate and Katherine 1 (2)We are very proud to announce that our VISTAs Katherine Sawyer and Nate Dears will be completing their full year of national service at the end of July 2015.

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.