Today is the last day of service for our 2015 – 2016 AmeriCorps VISTAs.
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 1,500 community volunteers, who completed over 13,300 of volunteer service.
- Organized or attended over 400 community events to support their organization’s services.
- Raised over $250,000 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.
In addition, several of our current VISTA Members are re-enrolling for another year of service. This includes Beth Combs, currently serving at Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) in Hamilton; Allison Hall, at Community Food Initiatives in Athens; Jonna Johnson, at Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions in Yellow Springs; Fern Lajambe, at Pathway in Toledo; and Carly St. Clair, at Housing Services Alliance in Bellefontaine.
We greatly appreciate the hard work of all of our AmeriCorps VISTA Members, without whom this service year would not have been possible. As we move into the next service year, we are excited to continue our commitment to national service and build on the progress of our previous VISTA Members.