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VISTA Summer Associate Program
Gain Job Skills, Earn Money for College, and Make a Difference!

Twenty (20) AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) Summer Associates began their nine-week summer of service in the CSRA today helping with summer feeding programs, assisting with summer education programs, and building community-school partnerships and resources that support families.

They will serve at 16 host agency sites and work with more than 550 students from Title 1 eligible schools to support quality summer-service learning programs that will increase student engagement and prevent summer learning loss.  Focus has been placed this year on recruiting youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to serve as VISTA Summer Associates.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program is a great opportunity for CSRA college students to participate in service over the summer, earn a living allowance, get great experience, and receive an education award!

United Way of the CSRA serves as intermediary sponsor for the program.  “To see these young adults attain goals they never dreamed of and to gain experience that will someday help support them and their family is amazing,” said Joan Stoddard, community building coordinator for the program.

VISTA Summer Associate Program


Pictured:  Front Row (left to right): Angel Sims (United Way 2-1-1), Nancy Anderson (AmeriCorps VISTA, Georgia State Office), Desiree Germany (Salvation Army), Brittany Barnell (Salvation Army), and Monesha Grant (Family Y)

Middle Row: Ashley Thompson (Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA), Ebony Epps (Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA), Elysia Ortiz (MACH Academy), Cathy Harper (CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority), Naima Simpkins (MACH Academy), Jameicia Jordon (Augusta Partnership for Children), Bryce Pearson (American Red Cross of Augusta), Jameka Terrell (Hope House), Airial Lilly (Family Y), and Jennifer Norblitt (Mercy Ministries)

Back Row: John Harvey (Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA), Vernandre Whitfield (Boys & Girls Club of the CSRA), Sharn Vericelli (United Way-Campaign), Cody Jennings (MACH Academy), Linda Powers (Interfaith Hospitality Network), and Olivia Washington (United Way 2-1-1).