Today is the day. After dedicating a year or more of service in an effort to alleviate poverty and build capacity at community development organizations throughout Ohio, many of the Ohio CDC Association AmeriCorps VISTA members are now concluding their service.
Our VISTA Members have made significant contributions to their communities, and while these contributions cannot be simply reduced to numbers, there are many impressive quantitative measures that deserve highlighting. Over the last year, our VISTA Members have:
- Recruited more than 900 community volunteers, who completed over 2,000 hours of volunteer service.
- Organized or attended over 250 community events to support their organization’s services.
- Raised over $700,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.
These measures are only a sample of the concrete efforts that our VISTA Members have made during their service year. As many of our VISTA Members head to school to complete advanced degrees or continue with their careers in community development, we have no doubt that they will continue to make a difference in their communities.
Some of our VISTAs were even hired on as full-time staff members at their site locations. These include Beth Combs at Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) in Hamilton, Liz Weiler at Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization in Cleveland, and Lindsay Wheeler at Famicos Foundation in Cleveland.
In addition, several of our current VISTA Members are re-enrolling for another year of service. They includes Joe Linksy, currently serving at Slavic Village Development in Cleveland, Kristian Hunter at Collinwood Nottingham Villages in Cleveland, and Caitlin Joseph at East Akron Neighborhood Development.
OCDCA’s own VISTA, Patrick Creedon, will be leaving our office to serve as VISTA Leader at the Ohio Association of Free Clinics.
Wherever life takes the OCDCA 2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTAs, we cannot say thank you enough. Thank you for your year of dedication, hard work, and commitment to your communities and your country.