AmeriCorps VISTA Members Recognized

On March 14th 2011, 12 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in Billings, Montana, were recognized with a Billings City Council Courtesy.

From the Courtesy:

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy envisioned a national service corps “to help provide urgently needed services in urban and rural poverty areas.” Less than two years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson realized Kennedy's dream by launching the “War on Poverty.” Johnson welcomed the first group of 20 VISTA volunteers saying, “Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their fellow man.”

Today, the City of Billings has the honor of hosting 12 AmeriCorps*VISTA members; representing the highest number of local VISTA volunteers in history. The City of Billings is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the VISTA program and hopes to expand VISTA resources in Billings to address poverty issues.

There are currently 87 VISTA volunteers in the state of Montana addressing the following poverty issues: hunger; housing; school performance; disaster and emergency preparedness; unintended pregnancies; child abuse and neglect; substance abuse; crime and violence; high school drop-outs; asset development; domestic violence; and poverty law.

The VISTA members in Billings serve with the Billings Salvation Army, OPI-Schools of Promise, Second Chance Homes, the City of Billings Community Development Division, the United Way of Yellowstone County, the HUB, Healthy Montana Kids, and MT Credit Unions for Community Development.

For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA in Montana, contact the CNCS State Office at 406-449-5404.

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