|SHOCKS - acute events, emergencies||STRESSES - chronic conditions|
|Severe storms||High unemployment|
|Extreme temperatures||Degraded public infrastructure|
|Flooding||Chronic food shortage|
Resilience (noun, re·sil·ience \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\)
is the ability to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stresses and shocks. It means being able to bounce back after something bad happens. Resilience is a concept that applies to individuals, to communities large and small, to our infrastructure, to the economy, and to the environment.
Resilience and VISTA
Bringing individuals and communities out of poverty is one of the most effective ways to decrease their risk from harmful shocks and stresses. Shocks, such as severe storms and earthquakes, can affect low and high incomes individuals and communities alike. Stresses, such as degraded public infrastructure, can also affect anyone. However, those living in poverty are more vulnerable to experiencing ill-effects from these problems. Also, with few or no assets to mitigate risk and reduced access to public and social resources, people living in poverty have less capacity to cope with, adapt to, and build resilience to those ill effects. More...
These resources are designed to help you understand, measure, and build resilience in the community in which you’re serving.
Dive into these five areas:
Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA
Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA helps low-income and otherwise vulnerable communities develop plans and implement projects that increase the community’s resilience to shocks and stressors. More...
Resources for Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members