Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the official blog for AmeriCorps VISTAs in Nebraska. This blog will be updated with stories and pictures of service carried out by VISTA members at projects throughout the state.… Continue reading

Finding the Silver Lining

Yesterday was  a day unlike any other day. I never went through a day that was filed with so many strong different emotions from the start until the end. 6:15 am I get… Continue reading

Struggling and Foodstamps

Monthly food budgets are different for everyone. I know for some, the transition into AmeriCorps and the SNAP program is a step back from their typical grocery habits. As for me it was… Continue reading

What does poverty look like?

What does poverty look like? We are constantly told how to visualize our world, by magazines, movies, billboards, commercials, literature, art, music and radio.  How are we to construct a uniquely real perspective… Continue reading

The first time I realized “poverty” was a thing.

This was a question that I was asked by Jewel Ware, my AmeriCorps PSO facilitator. “What was the first time you realized ‘poverty’ was a thing; when did you realized you were different… Continue reading

Advice from VISTA Alums

VISTA members who have previously served in Omaha were asked; “What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a new VISTA member?” Here are their responses. Kaitlin H. – 2011 Re-engage… Continue reading

The Pursuit of Success

A billionaire once said in order to achieve success you must be willing to move out of your comfort zone to find out what success means to you.- Something  along those lines.  … Continue reading

Why I Serve as a VISTA

Hi my name is Vinda Camp. I am currently serving as an Americorps VISTA member as a Youth Development Team Member at LPS  schools. This is my second year as an Americorps member,… Continue reading

AmeriCorps Week Slideshow

We would like to thank Michaela Kendzior and the folks at Youth Conservation Corps for putting together this amazing slide show which includes some pictures of our very own Nebraska VISTAs! Great Work!

VISTA Collage

VISTA Collage, a set on Flickr. Tell me one word that defines your year of service…

The Challenges We Share

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other… Continue reading

The Optimistic Grinch

I have a confession to make. I didn’t sign with AmeriCorps VISTA because of a twinkled-eyed desire to alleviate poverty. I’m much too selfish for that. I signed on because I was graduating… Continue reading

Poverty and Emergence

When I was asked to write a post for this blog, I decided to look back at what had already been written.  While reading through the posts and recalling conversations with my fellow… Continue reading

Two Of Us Remained

I applied to serve as a VISTA with a tribal endangered language program in the fall of 2002. After a jovial phone call with the VISTA supervisor, I was enthusiastic. However, I didn’t… Continue reading

A Call Put On Hold

For two and a half years prior to starting my VISTA year, I ran a small, grassroots, start up nonprofit- just myself and the executive director. It was an exciting time and I… Continue reading

My “Service-Learning” Journey

The beginning of my service-learning journey It all began during my last semester of my undergraduate studies when I registered for my first service-learning class, Nonprofit Organization and Management. Having never experienced this… Continue reading

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuits

I am one of those kids whose parents paid for college. In fact, my parents paid for everything up until I was sworn in as a VISTA.  One of the things I was… Continue reading

VISTAs and the VISTA Mission

On my way to work today, I stopped at a light and there was a homeless man across the street. He mimed asking for something and I immediately thought that he was asking… Continue reading

Why I serve

Greetings all VISTA-nauts , I became a big fan of AmeriCorps and all of its programs in my last year of service with AmeriCorps State and National with a program called City Year.… Continue reading