AmeriCorp VISTA Blog

Read about what our AmeriCorps VISTA and FoodCorps volunteers are up to!



Public Relations Starts with Food

 I learned that while using social media resources was valuable for connecting with donors and to showcase our work, true connection with any underserved community starts with food.

FoodCorps Friday- From Bleak Courtyard to Thriving Outdoor Learning Space

One of my biggest motives in returning for another year of FoodCorps was to finish [one of] the large projects I started in partnership with teachers at Coile Middle School…: an outdoor classroom.

Finding My Footing as a VISTA

Through a better understanding of our organization and our clients, I became more confident… at answering questions on my own and letting others know about the services available them. I was finally finding my place and felt confident that I was doing my part to build capacity.


FoodCorps Friday – Finding Common Ground with Food and Family

Eventually, after eating [curry] for many years… I could eat the curry just like the rest of my family… I learned to be a little more adventurous and to #trythings.

5 Tips for Writing Effective Grant Proposals

There’s a reason grant writing is a highly sought-after skill set and one that takes a long time to cultivate, something I learned the hard way. For those of you who are considering grant writing or who have grant writing listed on their VAD but have no idea what to do, here are some helpful tips I learned along the way.

16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteer Impact at ALT

It’s rewarding to meet people who are following their interests and motivated to learn new skills.  I feel I’m able to relate to and encourage people in that way, because I was welcomed in the same way by the VISTA who was in the position before me, and then encouraged me to apply.

FoodCorps Friday: Growing Into the New Year

Unseasonable weather can be disconcerting at best. And at worst, it can be the anxious sound of our deepest inner voice reminding us of our responsibility, as we witness the extreme climates affecting people and the ecosystems around them in life changing ways.

AmeriCorps VISTA Jessica Brooks Says Goodbye

In the wise words of Dr. Maya Angelou, I have learned and will never forget to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

VISTA Members Submit Video to Land Trust Alliance Contest!

Young Urban Farmers (YUF) use the West Broad Farmers Market garden as a tool to overcome economic and emotional barriers. YUF discuss their connection to land and what it means to them.

FoodCorps Friday: Try Things

“Try things” is no simple statement. “Try things” is our call to engage with our differences.

AmeriCorps & FoodCorps Collaborate for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Here at Athens Land Trust, VISTA and FoodCorps members rolled up their sleeves and joined together to work at the West Broad Market Garden and make a difference in the community.

Mayor Recognizes AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers at Joint Proclamation

Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle recently presented a joint proclamation as part of the 2016 Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service…