Earlier today all of the VISTAs in my region came together to participate in a day of service, and a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AmeriCorps VISTA.
I began my day by speaking about my experience as a VISTA at my service site. My site specific AmeriCorps Director led the presentation which gave an overview of the history of my site, a presentation by the current VISTAs at my site, and a panel of scholars who my site serves. VISTA administrative officials and speakers during the 50th celebration ceremony were our audience.
Afterward, I joined the rest of the VISTAs in my region volunteering at an urban farm. Due to the presentation, I arrived near the end of the volunteer part of the day. I was helped distribute mulch, pulled weeds, and saw chickens.
The day ended with the VISTA 50th celebration ceremony began. The AmeriCorps VISTA National and State Directors opened and emceed the ceremony, while four people gave TEDTalk style presentations about poverty, empowering communities, and the impact of service as a VISTA.