VISTA Success Stories
The Families in Transition VISTA Program is one of the largest networks of AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) living and serving throughout the State of New Hampshire. Families in Transition’s Coordinator of Volunteers and VISTA Program recruits dedicated volunteers and host sites to join the VISTA team, with the goal of improving the quality of life for the most disadvantaged members of our community.
Families in Transition VISTAs and host sites work together to create sustainable programs that better the New Hampshire community. In turn, both VISTAs and their host sites receive the invaluable benefit of personal and organizational growth.
Chelsea Haskell is serving as the Community Outreach and Business Development VISTA at Arts in Reach.
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I attended the University of New Hampshire and received a Bachelors in Family Studies and minored in Spanish.
What is your role at Arts in Reach? What does a typical day look like for you?
I am the Community Outreach and Business Development VISTA at Arts in Reach (AIR). A day at AIR is never the same, when I am not helping our at our art programs with the teenage girls, I am in the office, or out in the community. I am always researching and planning new fundraisers, organizing the office, updating all the social media channels and the website. I also advertise for volunteers and interns, I will meet and interview them when I receive applications. I also update our database when we get applications from teens and I go to schools to recruit teens. I will also input our program evaluations after a program finishes.
How has the work you are doing impacted the community you are serving in?
I feel the work I am doing has impacted my community by empowering the teenage girls that participate in our programs. The growth of a girl from the beginning of a program to the end is unbelievable. They gain self-confidence and learn that their voice matters. Also, working with the community for fundraising shows how supportive they are of AIR.
What has been your favorite part about being a VISTA?
I love that every day is different and I am always doing new things. I feel that I am getting the most out of my service year because I get to experience and work on such a variety of tasks.
Do you have any fun hobbies or hid
Some of my hobbies are skiing and sailing and two of my hidden talents are calligraphy and my double jointed jaw.