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Introducing HandsOn Nevada’s Newest Volunteers!

September 14, 2011

by Tiegen Kosiak

On September 6th the staff at HandsOn Nevada welcomed our brand new crop of AmeriCorps VISTA members to Las Vegas!  VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America, and these six people from across the United States have pledged to spend one year of their lives actively fighting poverty.  Though their stipend may be small, their hearts and talents are huge! 

Jeannie came to us from Hawaii and will be working with Junior Acheivement, Naveld is a Las Vegas native doing Hispanic outreach for the Boy Scouts, Paul is a San Francisco transplant facilitating performing arts programs for the intellectually disabled at Opportunity Village, Lisa of Long Island is “helping people help themselves” at HELP of Southern Nevada, Emily will be holding trainings out at all the Boys and Girls Clubs, and Tanerica from Atlanta is teaching our community how to Earn It Keep It Save It with the United Way of Southern Nevada. 

Over thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty, so our new VISTAs will no doubt be very busy this year.  However, they will find some time to share their stories in this newsletter and on our blog.  We hope you will follow along with their highs and lows, which will hopefully help us all better understand what it takes to truly make a difference!

For more information on VISTA and other AmeriCorps programs, please visit www.americorps.gov.

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