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Pay It Forward: AmeriCorps VISTA

Susan Frank, ’Doah Staff Writer
March 26, 2013

SusanFrankHey S.U.! I hope you are all gearing up for Partnership in the Community Day! If you want to get involved in the planning, contact Lander Manuel at lmanuel@su.edu at the Public Service and Scholarship department, where they always can use a few more volunteers! Also, if you want to share any thoughts, pictures or facts after your project is complete, email them to me at sfrank082@su.edu.

For this issue I have some information for you on AmeriCorps VISTA, which is a wonderful opportunity. Did you know that more than 46 million Americans live in poverty? Do you think that someone should stand up and do something about that? Well, AmeriCorps does, and you can join them! Through their VISTA program you can use the skills and knowledge you have to help make a difference for people in need.

This group is a national service program made specifically to fight poverty, first authorized in 1964. The duties of a VISTA member include committing to service for a full year, located at a nonprofit organization or a local government agency, all while working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups.

“With passion, commitment and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty,” states the VISTA website.

Wondering how you can apply? We currently have a representative in the S.U. Public Service and Scholarship department, Michael Madden, who can be reached by email at mmadden@su.edu. There is also a lengthy description and application on the VISTA website at http://www.americorps.gov/for_organizations/apply/vista.asp.

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