January VISTA Spotlight

Name: Jennifer Annen Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL Alma Mater: Iowa State University Volunteer history: Pet-sitting, dog-walking, animal care and community outreach at an animal shelter Why did you choose VISTA? I had earned my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, but towards the end of my schooling I found a deep interest in human and societal … Continue reading January VISTA Spotlight

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April Comperda Strengthens Donor Communication at Denton County Friends of the Family

Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence while partnering with the community to promote safety, healing, and prevention. AmeriCorps VISTA, April Comperda, began the process of automating DCFOF’s bi-weekly newsletters and weekly board member newsletters to ensure that … Continue reading April Comperda Strengthens Donor Communication at Denton County Friends of the Family

VISTA Steven Tillman Launches Saturday-Session Job Readiness Program Pilot

The citizens of Denton County, Texas have an interesting socioeconomic structure and somewhat of a unique need for workforce development. VISTA Steven Tillman, serving with Christian Community Action in Lewisville, TX, has spent months researching, gathering, and reviewing data, in efforts of finding a point of engagement which aligns with those needs. Programs department administrators … Continue reading VISTA Steven Tillman Launches Saturday-Session Job Readiness Program Pilot

April Neal Balances Fundraising and Community Outreach

VISTA member, April Neal is serving with Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, TX. The mission of Youth and Family Counseling is to aid the families and children of Denton County, thereby creating healthy and productive individuals, families, and communities which will benefit the quality of life for all. In the month of April, she … Continue reading April Neal Balances Fundraising and Community Outreach

Sarah Crain Improves Efficiency atTwice as Nice Resale

AmeriCorps VISTA Sarah Crain has made a tangible impact on Woman to Woman as their Logistic Specialist. While with Woman to Woman, Sarah has authored 5 different manuals that help improve efficiency and continuity within Twice as Nice Resale. These manuals range from how to react during a fire to how to efficiently sort donated … Continue reading Sarah Crain Improves Efficiency atTwice as Nice Resale

Our Daily Bread VISTA Creates Volunteer Council

Aleisha Tunstall is the Grant Research and Development VISTA at Our Daily Bread (ODB). ODB  is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community soup kitchen located in Denton, TX, that provides nutritious meals, special services and referrals for other services to those in need. Currently, Aleisha is working under the direction of the Executive Administrator to create … Continue reading Our Daily Bread VISTA Creates Volunteer Council

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

Nicole Owens Welcomes New Speakers’ Bureau Members to Denton County Friends of the Family

AmeriCorps VISTA, Nicole Owens, is in the process of completing the Denton County Friends of the Family’s community education project. Nicole has welcomed two new Speakers Bureau members who completed their training in the month of March. They are now able to shadow tabling events and presentations to learn more about representing Denton County Friends … Continue reading Nicole Owens Welcomes New Speakers’ Bureau Members to Denton County Friends of the Family

Giving Hope’s Fundraiser Off to a Good Start to Assist the Homeless

In the month of March, Giving Hope, Inc. is seeing the hard work of Resource Development VISTA Daisy Martinez pay off. The Annual Night of Hope event has not even taken place yet, and the agency has raised a total of $42,750 in sponsorships, $1,125 in Ticket Sales, $675 in cash donations, $495 in Raffle … Continue reading Giving Hope’s Fundraiser Off to a Good Start to Assist the Homeless

Hannah McNeill Develops Processes to Lead Large Volunteer Groups at Twice As Nice Resale

The month of March was chock-full of new volunteer groups for Twice As Nice Resale and VISTA Hannah McNeill was instrumental in coordinating these volunteers! Volunteer Recruitment and Resource Development VISTA, Hannah McNeill, serves with Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center where she organized and led three volunteer groups (51 volunteers) who contributed 132 hours … Continue reading Hannah McNeill Develops Processes to Lead Large Volunteer Groups at Twice As Nice Resale