FAMILIES IN TRANSITION’S AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM MEMBERS RAISE $306,328 TO HELP FIGHT POVERTY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

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January 15, 2015

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PHOTO CAPTION:  COMMITED TO SERVE – The 2013-2014 AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members from the Families in Transition VISTA Program completed their year of service. During their 12 months of volunteering fulltime at 12 nonprofits in the Granite State they raised over $300,000 to help break the cycle of poverty. Pictured are (top row, l. to r.) Erik Wirkkala, Anthony Joppie, Jenny Reid, Kristen Brassard, Sarah Howard and Sarah Tremblay; (middle row, l. to r.) Emma Bremer, Sophia Japhet, and Heather Rogers; and (front row, l. to r.) Cassandra Dawlet, Lauren Paradis, Becca Romanoski, Emily Richey, Kristen Brewster and Eric Zulaski.

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION’S AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM MEMBERS RAISE $306,328 TO HELP FIGHT POVERTY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Money Raised For 12 Nonprofits and Government Agencies

 MANCHESTER, NH – The 2013-2014 Families in Transition (FIT) AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members made significant strides to help eliminate poverty in the Granite State. Many of the 15 members relocated to New Hampshire to volunteer fulltime for one year at 12 nonprofit and government agencies. One of the leading indicators of their success was their ability to raise $306,328 for their organizations who are all working to break the cycle of poverty.

During the 2013-2104 service year FIT VISTAs volunteered at the following organizations: Arts in Reach, CASA of NH, Early Learning NH, Families in Transition, G.A.L.A. (Global Awareness Local Action), Manchester Continuum of Care, More Than Wheels, NH Coalition of End Homelessness, NH Department of Education, NH Kids Count, SPARK NH, and United Way of the Greater Seacoast. Some of their projects included building a program to ensure healthy and nutritious school breakfast for all children, collaborating to provide programs for single moms, and fundraising for a homeless shelter. Their accomplish­ments helped to build solutions for today’s pressing social problems and include the following:

A report was recently released that includes all of the impacts, including stories of the successes. To view the report, visit www.fitnh.org/vista-program

“Throughout this past year, our VISTAs were truly capacity builders helping to create, grow, and sustain a variety of programs that help those most in need in New Hampshire,” said Emily Melhorn, Coordinator of Volunteers and the FIT VISTA Program. “The impact that these individuals had on their community is extraordinary.”

The Families in Transition VISTA Program is one of the largest networks of AmeriCorps*VISTAs living and serving throughout the state of New Hampshire. The program recruits volunteers and nonprofits to join the VISTA team, with the goal of improving the quality of life for the most disadvantaged members of our community. Since 2010, it has been a program of Families in Transition, a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless housing and services provider. For more information about FIT, FIT VISTA Program, its stores or commercial cleaning company, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

 

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