September 13, 2011

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9-11 Service Day 013

“DIGGING IN” FOR THE TROOPS – AmeriCorps*VISTA members do gardening work for the New Hampshire Food Bank in honor of military members and their families. (From l. to r.): Miranda Sciabarrasi; Lenoir McDougal; Sarah Hawkins; and Amy Berthiaume

VISTAs dedicate community service hours to honor service members, military families

MANCHESTER, NH – To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, members of the Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT) VISTA Program joined with fellow AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members from New Hampshire Catholic Charities to perform community service in honor of military members and their families. AmeriCorps*VISTA, a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), comprises a nationwide network of volunteers who commit to serve full-time for at least one year at nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based organizations working to fight poverty throughout the United States.

Over 30 VISTA members spent the Saturday morning before 9/11 at the New Hampshire Food Bank production garden, where they weeded and prepared planting beds for next season. Service hours were used to fulfill pledges to Operation Honor Cards, a project that encourages individuals and organizations to use community service as a way to honor the heroism of veterans, service members, and military families. The VISTAs completed a combined total of 132 hours, which is equivalent to $2,745 worth of time, skills and services.

“If it wasn’t for their help, we probably wouldn’t get a lot of what we get done throughout the season,” said Jason Rivers, gardener for the New Hampshire Food Bank. “It’s much appreciated.”

The Families in Transition – New Horizons VISTA Program is the largest network of AmeriCorps*VISTAs living and serving throughout the state of New Hampshire. The 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. It is a program of Families in Transition – New Horizons, a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless housing and services provider. Established in 1995, Families in Transition – New Horizonss (FIT) is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT has been a sponsoring agency for AmeriCorps*VISTA since 2010. For more information about FIT, its programs and stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.


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