Sarah’s Snippets – 4/26/2016

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The following article was taken from an April 22, 2016 blog post by Max Finberg, National Director of Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Huffington Post. Our outstanding VISTA members continue to provide much needed services to the Schoharie Creek basin as we move forward together toward renewal and vitality. The VISTAs’ excellent contributions have added greatly to SALT’s positive impact in the last 4 ½ years and have earned us national recognition, once again. We continue to be thankful for their work and impressed by their commitment to our community.

Five years ago, my hometown of Margaretville in Upstate New York was flooded. Record rain from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee resulted in severe damage in the Delaware River and Schoharie Creek basins and throughout the Catskill Mountains. Our small main street was inundated with five feet of water. Plastic-wrapped hay bales looked like marshmallows in a torrent of hot chocolate.
Our only grocery store was destroyed.

As a region that was already struggling economically, this was particularly devastating.

The community responded by creating, Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) disaster recovery coalition, formed just down the road where my friend’s fifth generation farm was flooded. SALT is comprised of government agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit community organizations. Their role is to provide resources for healing and recovery.

Enter AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). With the help of a team of 5 AmeriCorps VISTA members, SALT has been able to expand their capacity to conduct needs assessments, develop partnerships, and increase communications. One of the key tenants of AmeriCorps VISTA is working with community members to address local issues around poverty.

For example, AmeriCorps VISTA member, Jin Kim, works with local business owner Floyd Guernsey of Guernsey’s Nursery to figure out the potential opportunities and challenges of a 38-mile multi-use trail in Schoharie County, NY. Their efforts are helping to bring vitality back to an area impacted by natural disasters.

The NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery is working on this and many other issues, and is also a partner with Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA.

As our world changes, AmeriCorps VISTA does what it can to address our nation’s current needs.

Please click to read the rest of this wonderful article about AmeriCorps VISTA and Resilience. Max Finberg talks about AmeriCorp’s proud history, and its prouder future. We are honored to be featured in such a glowing article, and to be able to continue to serve our community in part through AmeriCorps VISTA.

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