Albany Barn is pleased to welcome aboard Rachel Moore! Rachel comes to us via the Americorps*VISTA program at Siena College, and will be with us on a full-time basis through July 2012.
Rachel is a native of Voorheesville, NY but has spent many years out of the area focusing on her education. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in English from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY but also studied abroad in the UK. Rachel is a recent graduate of SUNY Buffalo with a Masters degree in English. Additionally, Rachel has spent time in the publishing industry in New York City.
Rachel’s personal and volunteer interests have spanned literacy, art, theatre, and work with the Hope Refugee Sewing Project. Rachel will begin her work with Albany Barn, on August 3rd and will be focusing on the areas of volunteer coordination and education, programming at Stage 1, and fundraising. If you have any questions, or would like to welcome Rachel aboard you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.
VISTA members generally do not provide direct services, such as tutoring children or building homes. Instead, they focus their efforts on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic develop, and otherwise assist low-income communities. VISTAs develop programs to meet a need, write grants, and recruit and train volunteers. As a VISTA, you can:
- Create an adult literacy awareness campaign and recruit volunteer tutors.
- Set up transitional housing dedicated to helping the homeless turn their lives around.
- Expand programs to help low-income families obtain affordable health insurance.
- Recruit mentors for children of incarcerated parents.
- Organize shelter and job opportunities for victims of disasters
For more information, check out the following link: http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista_activities.asp