Alumni Success Stories
We enjoy hearing from our FIT VISTA Alumni about where they are and what they are up to! Below you will find profiles on Alumni who have generously shared their career stories, including their career paths since graduating from the FIT VISTA Program. The purpose of these stories is to highlight our Alumni and their accomplishments since graduating from our program.
Cal Inguanti – FIT VISTA 2016-2017
Cal’s is currently the Associate Director of Development at the Cabot Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit concert and film venue in Beverly, Massachusetts.
In addition to overseeing the membership program, grant writing, and spearheading other fundraising efforts to support renovations to the near century-old theater, Cal utilizes his service background to expand the organization’s community programming. For example, he is currently leading a diverse committee of nonprofit, business, and municipal figures in the planning and installation of large-scale murals on the exterior walls of the historic theater to satisfy a city-wide demand for accessible public art.
“If you’re ever in the North Shore, come see one of your favorite movies or enjoy some live music at The Cabot!”
Cal served as the Community Impact Coordinator at the Old Sol Alliance (formerly Old Sol Music Hall) during his time with the FIT VISTA program. Founded in 2016 as part of a grassroots effort in Manchester, NH to renovate an abandoned movie theatre into a concert venue and community space, the Old Sol Alliance lives on by helping the music industry’s vibrant nonprofit sector scale existing efforts and achieve otherwise unrealized potential for impact through service.
“As a VISTA, I contributed to Old Sol’s development efforts and supported the organization and execution of community events and service projects. I had the opportunity to explore different aspects of nonprofit management, from grant writing to volunteer management, while pursuing my passions of music and service. I loved my year of service with Old Sol and encourage you to check out the organization’s amazing work, from meal packaging service marathons to beach cleanups with rock bands, on Facebook (@OldSolAlliance)!”
Meghan is currently the community and outreach coordinator at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. She splits her time between grant writing and fundraising, managing the facilities, community outreach and social media management.
Meghan served as the marketing and community engagement VISTA with the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter during her time with the FIT VISTA program. Her main responsibilities included social media maintenance, website maintenance, community outreach including organizational tours and outreach fairs, fundraising and grant writing.
When she was able to find spare time, Meghan was able to create food and composting curriculum for both clients and elementary school children in the area, in hopes of teaching the community where fresh healthy food comes from and the best ways to prepare it.
“I absolutely believe that my status as an AmeriCorps VISTA alum played a role in landing my current position! Without my position as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I would not have been exposed to Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and all of it’s amazing programs. My love of the organization made it impossible for me to leave and lucky for me, the organization agreed!”
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Benefits of Being a FIT VISTA Alumni
We have a 75+ member strong FIT VISTA Alumni community. It is our mission to stay connected with one another through networking and social media. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
The FIT VISTA Alumni Facebook Group: This group is for all Families in Transition – New Horizons VISTA Program Alumni to stay connected, share important events and resources.
FIT VISTA Alumni Mentor Program: We enjoy hearing about the great jobs our Alumni get after their service year! We want to make sure that our current and future members are able to do the same with the guidance and support of an Alumni Mentor. Click here to learn about being a mentor and click here to learn about being a mentee.
Sharing stories and experiences: Film an Alumni interview video or submit written responses.
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