We welcome . . . still

We welcome...still. Although our volunteers are on hold, our welcoming staff has recently greeted a Vietnamese family, a family from Pakistan, unaccompanied minor roommates from Guatemala and an individual from Pakistan. We shared computers, bikes, furniture, televisions, Share-A-Meal gift cards, welcome kits but most of all, we offered a connection to community!  On behalf of all of the WTAP @welcometoamericaproject volunteers and donors, we say, “We are happy you are here and we are smiling (under masks) knowing you are safe!” We are all a part of the welcomes, up close and afar. Click here to visit our website to learn how you can help. 
AmeriCorps VISTA Joins WTAP to Enhance Computer and Bicycle Programs

The Welcome to America Project is fortunate to have the support of a three-year AmericCorps VISTA @americorps commitment, with the focus to build capacity for our refugee computer and bicycle programs. The ultimate goal is to enhance employment opportunities by eliminating barriers to technology and transportation.

We will have a different VISTA for each of the three years. Our first VISTA, Melissa Mahon, is already making an impact. She is a 4.0 Arizona State University graduate (double major, Communication and History) and a returned Peace Corps   @peacecorps  volunteer from Togo, West Africa. She worked with refugees on a literacy project while in university. Melissa speaks French and Ewe. We asked her about her AmeriCorps VISTA project:

What is the role of an AmeriCorps Vista? 

The role of an AmeriCorps VISTA member is to work with a local nonprofit to help them serve their community more effectively. There are four main principles that guide VISTA service: ending poverty, empowering communities, building capacity, and creating sustainable solutions. VISTA members expand volunteer networks, develop community partnerships, and create systems to empower individuals and communities. 

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