GHCC is very proud to sponsor 12 AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) projects starting this summer, placed at ten different non-profit agencies and community associations throughout Baltimore City. VISTA’s mission is to eradicate poverty in America, and we are pleased to announce that this year our VISTAs are poised to do that in a greater variety of ways than ever before.
Priya Bhayana will work with the New Greenmount West Community Association (NGWCA) to empower residents and cultivate leadership in this uniquely diverse Baltimore City neighborhood.
The Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Partnerships, Communication and Community Outreach will be served by Andrea Calderon, Development and Partnership Associate, who will work to bring environmental sustainability education to the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Abby Carmean, Central Baltimore Partnership’s Workforce VISTA, will focus on helping individuals secure employment with family supporting wages by involving them in the Baltimore Integration Partnership Workforce Pipeline.
Benjamin Jakubowski will serve as the Energy Efficiency Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC), and will work to provide community outreach, education and technical skills to assist residents in saving money and conserving natural resources.
At Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School, Rachel Kitchen will serve as the Community Connections Coordinator, and will work to strengthen the community, improve public education and facilitate increased parent involvement at this wonderful school in Greater Charles Village.
The two Title I School Parent Organizers, Grace Lee at GHCC’s Neighborhood Programs and Jennifer McDowell at Child First Authority, will work with partner Title I schools to organize effective parent groups and develop sustainable systems to aid schools in advocating for themselves.
Ana Martinez will work with the Barclay, Midway, Old Goucher (BMOG) Coalition to assist residents returning to the community, following the major redevelopment work that has happened there, by connecting them to human services and programs.
Project PLASE’s Community Development VISTA, Jesse McDermeit, will engage the community to provide support and services, including housing and job-readiness resources, for homeless citizens and other persons in poverty.
Schoolyard Greening Coordinator Katelin Santhin at the Parks and People Foundation will focus on evaluating existing programs, and expanding the Foundation’s capacity to develop a sustainable city-wide schoolyard greening initiative.
Nyah Vanterpool, Transitions VISTA at GHCC’s Adult Learning Center, will develop ways to assist program participants in moving toward post-secondary education and meaningful employment.
Community Organizer Allison Wilhite at the Charles Village Community Benefits District (CVCBD) will work to identify, organize, train and retain volunteers to participate in safety and sanitation programs.
GHCC is still recruiting for one open VISTA project at Baltimore Reads. Click here for more information about that project, including how to apply.