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FIELD REPORT: BROADMOOR IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATON, VISTA EMILY WCISLO

Emily serves at the Broadmoor Improvement Association.

Emily serves at the Broadmoor Improvement Association.

My first post as a AmeriCorps VISTA comes after a hectic and inspiring two weeks of training at Pre-Service Orientation and working my first week with the Broadmoor Improvement Association. I am happy to report that both went extremely well and helped me set the bar high for the year to come.

At the Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA), I will be serving as the Community Organizer and Quality of Life AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2015-2016 year. My duties will include: community engagement, community advocacy, volunteer management, and among other things being an asset to the existing staff. Basically, my job is to be the plug that connects the Broadmoor community to the resources available at the BIA as well as other businesses. Essentially, my work experience will include small amounts of sitting and large quantities of time on foot in the neighborhood (super pumped for that job perk)!

After returning from PSO, I jumped right into one of the busiest work weeks of the year, culminating in the 10th Anniversary of Katrina event.  Myself and two other BIA VISTAs worked tirelessly throughout the week to canvass different sections of Broadmoor with newsletters and flyers advertising the event. Along the journey, I met with several residents who were interested in our new center, located at 3900 General Taylor, and was able to see the potential I am going to have as a VISTA in this position.

The week ended with our large K10 event with approximately 150 volunteers doing service projects within the neighborhood. We had a mix of Broadmoor residents, out-of-towners, Tulane students, and staff come out to help that day. Different groups were able to assist in trash clean up, blighted lot clearing, park maintenance, as well as gardening outside of the Rosa Keller Library. The impact the volunteers made was huge and so many projects were completed because of their commitment.

Outreach Tulane volunteers hard at work mulching and painting benches at the Church of Annuciation in Broadmoor.

Outreach Tulane volunteers hard at work mulching and painting benches at the Church of Annunciation in Broadmoor.

An example of what blight looks like in the Broadmoor Community-overgrown foliage, an abandoned house, untouched since Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers at our K10 event cleared lots like these, helping to eradicate the problem of blight.

An abandoned house in the Broadmoor Community with overgrown foliage untouched since Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers at our K10 event cleared lots like this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month has been swell and I look forward to getting to know my staff better, meeting members within the community, and providing newfound dedication to the Broadmoor Improvement Association! Until next time.

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