Dear VISTA Sponsor:
AmeriCorps VISTA is committed to providing ladders of economic opportunity for more Americans to escape the grip of poverty. I, and many before me, have been inspired by the sacrifice and spirit of service and idealism common to VISTAs and the organizations that sponsor them. The work you do every day to deliver sustainable anti-poverty programming to your communities is inspiring and drives me and my staff to strengthen and improve the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
This Handbook provides you with a solid understanding of your important role to successfully lead the VISTA project and of how you can enhance the service of the VISTA members assigned to it. My hope is that you will use the Handbook as a reference document and, as necessary, you will contact your local CNCS State Office to discuss issues and share successes.
The work you do to create and enhance opportunities that lift people out of poverty is essential. A testament to your power is the $206 million leveraged and the 800,000 community volunteers recruited and managed by VISTAs in one year alone. But numbers only tell part of the story. It’s also the doors that are opened and diplomas received and jobs landed and housing preserved and bellies filled and so many other results from your capacity-building efforts that translate into real benefits.
On behalf of our VISTA family, thank you for the important role you play in bringing the vision of VISTA into reality. As a former VISTA member myself, I know firsthand what it takes to manage a VISTA project, and I appreciate the work you do every day to strengthen organizations that are fighting poverty around the country.
Your leadership and participation are critical to the success of the VISTA project. From all of us here at AmeriCorps VISTA, we thank each and every one of you for your service.