SHARE Foundation would like to introduce one new VISTA member who has recently joined their team. VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through national service programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and leading volunteer initiatives for the nation.
Anjanett Kemp, Violence Intervention Plan (VIP) VISTA: As a Violence Intervention Plan (VIP) VISTA, Anjanett will work closely with VIP coalitions and the eXtreme Youth Programs to ensure that adults and youth in Union County receive proper drug education, social and emotional support, and other vital resources that are pertinent to living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Anjanett is a long-term resident in El Dorado. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in clinical mental behavior at Southern Arkansas University and anticipates graduating in December 2023. She is excited to be a VISTA Member in order to build relationships and serve those in her community.
SHARE Foundation is eagerly trying to fill three other VISTA positions in Union County. Those positions are:
- Hospice and Family Support VISTA – will develop and implement a volunteer program at the Life Touch Hospice center in order to help low-income patients receive hospice services, inform the public about the benefits of hospice care, and to provide support to family members of hospice patients.
- Interfaith Clinic VISTA – will support low-income, uninsured patients at the charitable clinic setting by researching, creating, and implementing a volunteer program to promote healthy futures. The VISTA will also build capacity by implementing a Health Literacy Plan to improve the health literacy among low-income clinic patients.
- Volunteer Relations (Thrift Store) VISTA – will help implement and expand a volunteer program and increase volunteer retention and service hours so that SHARE Foundation’s Life Touch Hospice Thrift Store can improve its capacity to empower low-income families and individuals. Thrift store revenues will assure hospice program patients will receive the same level of care (uninsured and underinsured). Thrift store revenues will also offset operational losses.
The purpose of AmeriCorps VISTA is to strengthen and supplement efforts to eliminate and alleviate poverty in the United States. Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served with the mission to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty. These members bring passion and perseverance where the need is the greatest, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. VISTAs serve in each of the 50 U.S. States and in all U.S. Territories. VISTA members go where they are needed and make a difference through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.
For more information about SHARE Foundation and its agencies, and the VISTA program, contact Amy Sturdivant, Director of Mission Support and VISTA Project Director at 870-881-9015. You may also visit their website at www.sharefoundation.com.