New York Campus Compact
VISTA Member Spotlight
Could you tell us more about your VISTA role and service project?
I [am an AmeriCorps VISTA working with] the RKids after-school enrichment program for low-income youth in Geneseo, New York, on behalf of SUNY Geneseo and St. Michael's Episcopal Church. I also serve as a representative for the college on the Central Presbyterian Church of Geneseo's Community Garden Committee.
Why did you choose to serve with AmeriCorps? What does VISTA mean to you?
I was hooked by the opportunity to work with children and help people grow delicious and nutritious food. For me, VISTA is about empowering people to share their gifts with one another, about building relationships across units of social, political, and geographic organization.
What is the most memorable moment from your service year?
Taking a walking field trip to the village of Geneseo's excellent public library with the children in the RKids program. All but one child had never visited the library before, and the one who had had not been there in years. They had a great time.
If you could only choose one word to describe your service year, what would it be and why?
Eye-opening. Does that count as one word? Enlightening sounded too pretentious. I lived in Geneseo for the better part of the past four years as a college student. This year I have gotten to meet many members of the community and learn about the strengths and needs of people of Geneseo.