Americorp VISTA: Shauntia’s Year in Review

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“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. -Pele

My how time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like it was just  yesterday when I started my year of service with the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. As an AmeriCorp VISTA, I was tasked with increasing the use of organization’s volunteers, increasing and diversifying financial and in-kind resources, enhancing the organization’s reach and visibility, and enhancing the program’s processes and procedures. My biggest (and my favorite) task of all was to help build capacity for Farm Truck 912. 

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  • Participated in the CNCS Snapchat Takeover for VISTA week
  • Was AWARDED my very first grant that I wrote for Farm Truck 912!!!!
  • Participated in the Mayor’s National Day of Service
  • Coordinated a fundraiser that raised over $700 for Farm Truck 912
  • Incorporated themes for FFM and FT912 social media pages (#MotivationMonday #TriviaTuesday #WackyFactWednesday #TalkBackThursday #FunFriday)
  • Helped create and implement monthly training for new volunteers
  • Created a volunteer protocol manual that outlines how to administer the monthly training, how to account for volunteer hours and how to recruit volunteers.
  • Participated in several health fairs and outreach opportunities around the Coastal Empire
  • Dedicated over 1,500 hours of service!

There were fun tiIMG_1744mes as well as challenging times; laughter and tears; happy and sad moments. Through it all, I’ve grown as an individual. A year ago, who would have imagined this girl who disliked almost every vegetable would now be eating brussels sprout soup and sweet potato bread?  My year of service may not have been perfect, but I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve gained so much knowledge and experienced once in a lifetime opportunities. Though my time as an AmeriCorp VISTA has come to an end, I know that this is not a goodbye to my FFM/FT912 family; it’s simply a see you later!                                                                                           DSC_125720160311_132859
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