VISTA Member Finalizes Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance’s New Tenant Resource Guide

AmeriCorps VISTA member, Victoria Jackson, serving with Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance has spent the past few months finalizing and perfecting the New Tenant Resource Guide (NTRG). In this guide, newly-housed clients will find a Birth Certificate application, a Voter Registration Card, and a resource directory that ranges from employment needs to medical needs that can … Continue reading VISTA Member Finalizes Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance’s New Tenant Resource Guide

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Rashika Smith Assists Hurricane Harvey Victims Receive Much Needed Medication

Hurricane Harvey shifted the dynamic in fundraising efforts for Epilepsy Foundation’s Community Outreach VISTA, Rashika Smith. The Dallas office took over the calls for the Houston clinic August 25, 2017. The Epilepsy Foundation wanted ensure the crisis would not have a big impact on patients receiving much needed medication. The calls Rashika received helped her … Continue reading Rashika Smith Assists Hurricane Harvey Victims Receive Much Needed Medication

Melanie Cheney Creates Excitement for Plano Children’s Theatre’s Board Members to Donate Big

In August 2017, AmeriCorps VISTA Business Development Officer Melanie Cheney helped raise nearly $26,000 in matching funds to help motivate donors on North Texas Giving Day (September 14). By giving a presentation to the theatres' Management Boards in July, Melanie secured donations from excited board members who are interested in raising as much money as … Continue reading Melanie Cheney Creates Excitement for Plano Children’s Theatre’s Board Members to Donate Big

Daisy Martinez Engages the Community for Woman to Woman’s Ladies Purse Auction

Resource Development VISTA Daisy Martinez has worked hard alongside Events & Marketing Coordinator, Morgan Collins to help grow their upcoming fundraising event, “Ladies Purse Auction & Brunch”. This fundraising event is one of the three largest fundraisers that Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center hosts each year. Daisy hopes to exceed their fundraising goal through … Continue reading Daisy Martinez Engages the Community for Woman to Woman’s Ladies Purse Auction

North Texas Performing Arts VISTA Melanie Kuriger with New Grant Submission

In February 2017, AmeriCorps VISTA Melanie Kuriger was able to write and submit a grant application for $20,000 from the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation. The grant money, if received, will be used to strengthen North Texas Performing Arts' Therapeutic Drama program for children and adults with special needs. In the preceding weeks, she created an outline … Continue reading North Texas Performing Arts VISTA Melanie Kuriger with New Grant Submission

Spring Grant Cycle Means Big Dollars for Exiting VISTA

Tierra has taken on CCA’s grants Spring Cycle in full force this month. So far, she has completed and submitted a total of six grants for a potential of $74,000 to support CCA’s comprehensive services and programs to assist low-income individuals across North Texas. Tierra has already secured $15,000 in funding from CoServ Charitable Foundation … Continue reading Spring Grant Cycle Means Big Dollars for Exiting VISTA

Volunteer Appreciation at Our Daily Bread Supported by VISTA

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 assisting the Executive Administrator to plan for ODB's Volunteer Appreciation … Continue reading Volunteer Appreciation at Our Daily Bread Supported by VISTA

Youth and Family Counseling “Fun’d Nights” Set-up for Next Month

As a resource development and grant writing VISTA with Youth and Family Counseling (YFC) VISTA April Neal has been meeting and collaborating with different restaurants and organizations to set up fundraisers for her agency. She met with three General Managers in the area to set up monthly "Family Fun'd Nights" where YFC invites families and … Continue reading Youth and Family Counseling “Fun’d Nights” Set-up for Next Month

VISTA Casey McCollum Ends Service with a New Vehicle

February was the last month of service for VISTA Casey McCollum, and he focused his efforts on ending one of his larger projects. Through a grant awarded in the previous month, Casey focused on procuring a work van for his agency Denton Affordable Housing (DAH). Through research, he found a great deal on a used … Continue reading VISTA Casey McCollum Ends Service with a New Vehicle

Show Manager Position Developed with Help of VISTA at Plano Children’s Theatre

In the month of January, VISTA Sean Enfield's time was primarily devoted to the Plano Children's Theatre's volunteer show manager position. Early in the month, he, the managing director, and a senior volunteer organized a meeting of last year's show managers in order to receive their feedback. From this meeting he and the staff hope … Continue reading Show Manager Position Developed with Help of VISTA at Plano Children’s Theatre