Thank You, VISTAs! AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers recognized

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AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers serving in Cullman County include, from left, in front: Agriplex VISTA members Serena Knedlik, Sierra Newton, Sonya Nail and Markus Doering; in back: WSCC VISTA members Garrett Johnson, Bree Harbison and Heather McAfee.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex and Wallace State Community College celebrated National Service Recognition Day this week by providing lunch for all of the VISTAs at work in our community.

AmeriCorps VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty in America. Founded in 1965 by President John F. Kennedy, VISTAs are the domestic version of the Peace Corps. They serve in communities throughout the U.S., focusing on developing programs and services designed to end the cycle of poverty.

Eight AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in Cullman County providing vital support to residents and increasing the impact of the organizations they serve.

The North Alabama Agriplex hosts four VISTA members each year.  These VISTAs help design and teach the Agriplex’s programming as well as work with the community gardens throughout the county.

Wallace State’s VISTA members support several different departments throughout the college.  They can be found building an interview wardrobe for the Career Services department, managing a community garden and teaching gardening skills to the students, and helping to raise funds for student scholarships.

If you are interested in getting involved, or would like to learn more about national service opportunities, go to www.nationalservice.gov, to find volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interests.