BHP’s dedicated AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, Nathan Earl and Mary Green, have completed the first six months of their one-year commitment. Their contributions help not only the work of Resident Services but many other departments as well. Most importantly, their work helps us to make a positive difference in the lives of our residents.
Mary is a master of all trades. She is able to take on any project, no matter how big or small, and see it through from start to finish. Among her many contributions, Mary has supported the summer literacy program, Canyon Pointe resident computer literacy, and the Resident Representative Council. She has also helped to establish an easy-to-implement media/photo/image release process. Every day at work, Mary brings a “can-do” positive attitude, good ideas, attention to detail, and the ability to work with the young and old alike.
Nathan is a formula wizard. He has been able to automate calculations that now take moments, whereas they used to take several hours of slicing and dicing. Nate undoubtedly will enjoy being called a wizard of any kind. He has also helped Resident Services in wrapping our minds around the dollar value that our service partnerships provide in order to help our residents, has pushed forward defining indicators that will help us attain our resident outcome goals, and has a goofy kind-hearted streak that is very endearing to colleagues and residents alike.
We are grateful for the many ways that Mary and Nate, as VISTA volunteers, enrich our work at BHP.
About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program (from the AmeriCorps VISTA website)
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service. About 8,000 VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,100 projects in low-income communities around the country.
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