COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: AmeriCorps VISTA National Day of Service

Over 7,000 Americans currently serve as members of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, and during the week of September 11, all of them participated in various national day of service events in their cities. The VISTAs serving with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation dedicated their day of service at Houston Community ToolBank and a service project led by The Mission Continues in the Kashmere community on Houston’s northeast side.

The Houston Community ToolBank stewards an inventory of tools for lending to charitable organizations such as nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, civic organizations, and neighborhood associations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. VISTA members assisted other community volunteers at the ToolBank as they prepared multiple tool orders for various 9/11 service projects. “The Toolbank is an awesome resource for the Houston non-profit community,” said Foundation VISTA Maggie Spear. “I loved helping out in the warehouse with my VISTA colleague Ke Wallace, getting tools ready to be sent out to do good in the community.”

On Saturday, September 10, The Mission Continues facilitated service projects at Kashmere High School and Key Middle School. More than 200 volunteers cleaned and painted classrooms and began building school gardens and success centers. The success centers feature a counseling room with trained counselors, a food pantry, a clothing drop, health services, and a workforce and college-readiness development center. The renovations will attract more students and members of the community to these vital resources.