National Vision Unites Local Missions: AmeriCorps
Six AmeriCorps VISTA members appeared on KHOI-FM Heart of Iowa community radio to talk about their experiences with the program and what they’ve learned so far. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service organization originally envisioned by President John F. Kennedy that has a long tradition of success. The organization is even larger and stronger today than it has ever been, with 8,000 members serving at 1,100 projects nationwide.
While their individual experiences have varied, all of the AmeriCorps members agreed that they’ve grown as a result of the program. For many, it was their first job out of college and a chance to stay in Ames, connect with the community, and explore the possibilities for their future. Another trait the members shared was a strong desire to make a difference. Education and outreach, as well as programs like the Ames School Garden Project, Reading Corps, and ACCESS, bring together the many great volunteers in Story County with the needs of the community.
In all that they do, the AmeriCorps members embody the words of President Johnson to the first ever group of VISTA volunteers: “your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man.” For more information about AmeriCorps or to find out how you can get involved, visit americorps.gov.