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Fighting Poverty with Passion

Field Report: VISTA Screening of Big Charity – Omote Ekwotafia

First, do no harm. I wish this was part of some kind of public service oath— a promise that if you pledge to serve your community, your service will leave it … Continue reading

May 31, 2016

Adventures on the Cheap – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I love a road trip. Even though our income has been low since we arrived in Louisiana in 2014 (VISTAs married to teachers don’t tend to be wealthy), I haven’t … Continue reading

March 21, 2016

We Just Call It Home_ Project Homecoming March Field Report_ Sara Skjerli

“… the most important 4-letter word in the English language is not love. It is home.”

March 17, 2016

When You Want to Quit – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I’m a second term VISTA. This time last year, I was having doubts about whether I wanted to complete my first term. Like many VISTAs, there were times when I … Continue reading

February 23, 2016

Broadmoor: Lousiana’s First Neighborhood Improvement District

Tis’ the season to get out and vote! The month of November brings us joyous occasions, Thanksgiving, fall weather, sweaters, the countdown to winter holidays, and of course VOTING. If … Continue reading

November 18, 2015

October Field Report for Project Homecoming – Sara Skjerli VISTA

Two months in and it feels like we have been here for a lifetime. In a good way of course! Things have been steadily progressing at Project Homecoming, I visited … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Field Report: Getting to Know You…My First Month as a VISTA – Omote Ekwotafia

Education reform is a slightly complex and thoroughly worthwhile issue, as I have learned in my first month at my host site, Cowen Institute. I really had a lot of … Continue reading

October 22, 2015


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. … Continue reading

September 10, 2015

Field Report: Pre-Service Orientation Offers More Than I Imagined – Omote Ekwotafia

Stepping off the bus and entering the world of Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Atlanta, the first thing that struck me was the diversity. While only in my late 20s, I expected … Continue reading

September 8, 2015

The Challenge Circle

“A good place to be is in the challenge circle,” she said. It was my second day into my first job in college. The challenge circle, the group leader went … Continue reading

September 2, 2015



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