Fighting Poverty with Passion
Just finished VISTA month #7—BUT who’s counting! =]
I keep saying this repeatedly throughout my field reports, but I can’t help it. Time is really flying by! I just can’t believe that over 50% of my term has passed. A recap for this past month is the same as the last: Energy Smart is keeping us busy. Seeking constant volunteer groups to install light bulbs is our main focus. On another note, our Learn & Serve program has come to a close with our very first partnership with Ben Franklin High School Students.
With the Learn & Serve Grant, our Ben Franklin students have installed over 3,000 light bulbs in the New Orleans area and have built 4 backyard vegetable gardens in the Leonidas Neighborhood. I commend them for all of their hard work. Green Light New Orleans appreciates their sheer dedication this past semester. Hooray!
Just to update you all on funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Learn and Serve Grants have been completely cut for this fiscal year so Green Light New Orleans will not be receiving a Learn and Serve Grant for this upcoming school year. HOWEVER, we will still be doing service learning projects with Ben Franklin High School again regardless of our lack in grant money. There are also talks about us partnering with another local high school for service learning projects, but that is not official just yet.
I think that was the major highlight for this past month, so until another field report, be well.
– Cynthia Corrales, AmeriCorps VISTA Visit Green Light New Orleans, to learn more about the outreach program and volunteer opportunities in your area.