Yanina Rivera- I’m excited to share that over the course of the year; members have recruited and managed 3,176 volunteers who have served 29,563 hours for their organizations. They have also raised $296,559 of cash resources and $486,298 of in-kind resources for our communities.
Serve Yavapai of Prescott College partnered with the Yavapai County AmeriCorps Project (YCAP) of Community Counts in the nationwide celebration of AmeriCorps Week, March 10th-March 16th. The week is a unique opportunity to spotlight the vital work done by AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members in communities across the county since the national service program began 19 years ago.
Service projects launched on March 12th when volunteers gathered to serve with the Girl Scouts of America. Participants learned about water conservation, rain gardens and how to prevent further erosion of select places within the Willow Spring Program Center. Activities included building a water catchment system and digging in the dirt to plant native grass and trees!
In Cottonwood, March 13th National Service Members and High School Students focused on building community ties, promoting volunteerism and conducting maintenance for Y.E.S the Arc. Y.E.S. The Arc supports individuals with developmental disabilities. “It is the goal of The Arc to provide training and opportunities that will maximize growth towards the greatest independence possible for each individual.” We had a great time working in the facilities and getting to know the clients!
Our last day of service was in Prescott Valley, March 14th when VISTA members served with Bright Futures Preschool. Our team had a blast painting and window washing, it’s always fun to get out of the office and work outdoors together!
National Service Members typically remain actively engaged in their communities once their service is complete. With this being my second term of service as the VISTA Leader, I’ve been lucky to not only see the impact service has made on the individuals on previous team, but I was lucky to share their story with the community. We often talk about how VISTA has shaped our lives professionally and personally, but it’s always exciting to read more into their experiences. I had a blast planning AmeriCorps week this year, keeping up with Alums and receiving the opportunity to take a deeper look at our current members and share their accomplishments!