VISTA Showcase Honors Service
The 2017 CTCC AmeriCorps VISTA Showcase was held on 6/7 at Connecticut Food Bank in Wallingford. VISTA’s presented posters showcasing their projects while fielding questions from VISTA supervisors and curious participants.
Connecticut Campus Compact Director Matt Farley thanked VISTA’s for all their hard work and revealed some impressive stats.
“This current year, Connecticut Campus Compact had 17 total VISTA’s at 15 host sites throughout the state with an estimated 25,337 hours of service and with $124,526 raised in cash donations and $30,024 in in-kind donations. In addition, 730 K-12 students completed a CNCS supported education program,” Farley said.
Farley also touched on the transition to Campus Compact for Southern New England this year.
“The 2016-17 VISTA cohort will be the last to serve under Connecticut Campus Compact,” Farley said. “However, there will be new opportunities for our VISTA’s with CCSNE next year.”
Anne Hofmeister, VISTA Leader, and Austin Terreri, Project Specialist, presented VISTA’s with certificates to reward them for their year of service. In addition, VISTA Supervisors received gift bags for being effective mentors and role-models.
” It was gratifying to see our VISTA members and supervisors together again, celebrating the enormous effort and thought they collectively poured into this service year,” Hofmeister said. “Knowing how much they achieved as individuals, though, made it an especially memorable experience for me. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to thank them all for their tremendous contributions in person. “
Derek Cable, CT Food Bank Safety Manager, gave a tour of the facility. Cable highlighted the work the food bank does and thanked VISTA’s for giving back to their communities.
“More than 300,000 people in our service area are food insecure; nearly 100,000 children struggle with hunger,” Cable said. “Even though there is a food surplus in this country the majority of it goes to waste. A lot of the food will end up in dumpsters even though it is still good.”
As the ceremony ended some VISTA’s remarked on how positive the program has been.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Samone Jones-McCarthy, VISTA with Eastern Connecticut State University. “I highly recommend it.”
Andrea McDermott, University of Connecticut VISTA, said she recommends VISTA to anybody who wants to gain skills.
“Whether you’re considering a career in the public sector, nonprofit field or higher education, VISTA can expose you to them all while also allowing you to build a transferable skill set,” McDermott said. “It helps you make a difference in the community.”
Light refreshments will be served.
All are welcome to attend!