We don’t get to hear very much about VM’s VISTAs on the blog because two of our three regular writers spend most of their time working with our VMC program. This past Wednesday, we had a training for our VISTA program, so I wanted to share a little bit about what they’ve been up to and what our training was like.
Wednesday’s training focused on life after AmeriCorps. We talked about resume writing and interviewing skills and did a fun (and slightly awkward) activity that involved shaking hands with everyone in the room. We also had a delicious lunch and got to check in with the VISTAs and hear what they’ve been doing for the past few months. Let me tell you, it was amazing to hear how much they’ve done! I didn’t get to write it all down (there was so much!), so I’ll just share some highlights here.
Katie Dix, VISTA at Parks and People Foundation, has been working on membership renewal for the CGRN program. She has also been coordinating Spring Give-Away Days and working on a Master Gardener internship. In just the past few weeks, CGRN’s numbers have blown away last year’s numbers with the same amount of volunteers involved to this point as there were in the entirety of last year and half as many plants given away to this point as there were in the entirety of last year. Way to go Katie!
Jordan Silverman, VISTA at Project PLASE, has kicked off another round of Purses for PLASE. This fundraiser was hugely successful in the fall and Jordan hopes it will be again this spring. If you’re in the market for some new purses, stop by the Project PLASE booth at the Mt. Vernon Flower Mart May 6 and 7! Meanwhile, fellow Project PLASE VISTA, Lauren Stoler, has been working on a Night of Monologues, which will bring community members in to speak about their experiences with homelessness and shed light on this continuing problem in Baltimore City.
While there is much, much more to share about our wonderful VISTAs, I’ll leave you with just one last tidbit. Warren Wells, VISTA at Citizenship Law Related Education Program (CLREP) relaunched the Maryland Teen Court Association web site and is planning a fundraising event for CLREP to take place in Canton on June 2!
Way to go VISTAs, and keep up the good work!