As Bipartisan as Apple Pie

by Sean Scott At a time when the country seems to be more divided politically than in recent memory, one would think we could at least agree on something as American as apple pie.  The metaphorical apple pie of which I speak is community service and volunteerism. ...

What Makes A Mentor

by Ashley McHaney For the past 20 months I have served as AmeriCorps VISTA and Mentor Program Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Villa, a nonprofit in Richmond, VA, that for 179 years has exemplified belief in children.  I personally screen each and every individual seeking...

Mentoring: A Team Approach

by Michael Rogers Last October, I wrote a blog post about the importance of mentor teams at the University of Richmond and the plan to further develop these programs. Then, the primary goal was to sustain our three longest-running mentor teams through critical...

A Path to Service

by Elissa May As I think about the different paths I could have taken after graduation, I couldn’t be happier to have ended up as an AmeriCorps VISTA.  This has been an adventure away from what I’m used to that has made me stronger as a person, pushing me into a new...

Outside My Comfort Zone in VISTA

by Crystal Courtner My first three months as a VISTA have been challenging, but they have also taught me some of the most important life lessons. The greatest and constant challenge that I face as a VISTA is pushing myself beyond what is comfortable. In first grade, I...

A VISTA’s Journey

by Shanita Gilbert When I first began looking into AmeriCorps VISTA for the Program Coordinator position, I knew from the overall mission of helping others and ending poverty that this position was a perfect fit for me. The passion and commitment that it takes to step...