Photo by Crystal Ny'imah Byrd
September 1, 2014:
For 25 years, Solid Ground's group of AmeriCorps*VISTA programs brought the energy of National Service to bear on some of the most pressing issues of our community. Our Martin Luther King VISTA, JustServe AmeriCorps/Pathways to Career Opportunities and Washington Reading Corps programs built capacity and leadership to address root causes of poverty.
With changing Federal program priorities, the anti-poverty and anti-racism focus of our programs no longer aligned with funding realities. Without sustainable funding, we have been forced to close each of these programs over the past few years.
The closing of the MLK VISTA program on 9/1/14 ends an era for this agency and for our community. During its 25-year tenure, MLK VISTA members worked to end poverty by providing services in response to community needs, and by advocating for public policies that address racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty.
AmeriCorps*VISTA is a federally funded National Service program that provides individuals of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to address some of the most pressing problems facing our country today. In return for providing a year of service, AmeriCorps*VISTA Members receive a monthly living allowance, training opportunities, and an educational award to help finance college education or vocational training – or pay back student loans.
If you are interested in other National Service opportunities with other organizations, please visit: my.americorps.gov.
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