As today is my last day here at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, I wanted to take a little time to reflect on the experience I have had this year as an AmeriCorps VISTA and thank the Habitat family for welcoming me into their community.
For those of you unfamiliar with the AmeriCorps VISTA program, VISTA stands for Volunteer in Service to America. I was among of thousands of individuals in the United States that pledged to spend a year in the national service program helping to fight poverty. The program was founded in 1965 and each member’s goal is to increase the capacity of the nonprofit organization they work with. VISTA members work full-time for their host organization and their benefits include a living allowance, loan forbearance and an end-of-the-year award. This year, I was one of 12 VISTAs serving at Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Minnesota.
My goal for the year was to build the capacity of Habitat ReStore, which in turn would build the capacity of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity to build more homes and help more local families. While at Habitat, I was involved in public relations/marketing, volunteer coordination, strategic planning and event coordination for Habitat ReStore. For each of these tasks, I could not have accomplished what I did without the help of dedicated volunteers, committee members, and the staff at Habitat.
While my AmeriCorps VISTA position with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is ending today, I hope to stay connected with the Habitat community. I plan to continue living and working in the Fargo-Moorhead area and would like to become involved with Habitat as a volunteer in the future. I strongly believe in the mission of Habitat for Humanity and have thoroughly enjoyed watching our partner families achieve their dreams of homeownership.
To all of you who have worked with me, inspired me and put your trust in me, thank you. I will certainly miss working with you and encourage you to stay in touch!