This week, AmeriCorps VISTA members Maddy Crabtree and Steven Montera mark the end of one year of service to Hudson River Housing. VISTA is a national community service program whose goal is to eliminate poverty in the United States. VISTA members commit to working with an organization full-time for one year. In exchange, they receive a very small living allowance, as well as a few other benefits. This is a huge gift of time and talent which helps us expand our capacity to serve more people, better.
And just how many more people have we served with their help? In 2014 alone, our VISTA members engaged more than 1500 volunteers, community members, tenants and staff through various projects and activities. They helped plan and coordinate nearly 30 different events and provided 50 trainings, reaching 730 people. Over the course of 15 volunteer projects, they coordinated over 350 volunteers, who logged more than 880 hours of service. And their efforts have helped us leverage more than $5,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
But we all know that success cannot be measured by numbers alone. Maddy and Steven have built important relationships for Hudson River housing in the Middle Main Poughkeepsie neighborhood. These relationships are what allow the work of the Middle Main Initiative to grow in size and scope, bringing people together to create a strong, vibrant, and creative neighborhood of choice.
One of the greatest challenges of the VISTA program is that the true impact of this work may not be noticed until well after the members have gone. Suffice it to say that Maddy and Steven have left a lasting impression at Hudson River Housing and we and we thank them so much for all that they have contributed toward our mission of improving lives and communities. We wish them the best as they move on to the next chapter of their lives!
Community Development Team left to right:
Maddy Crabtree, Lindsay Duvall, Santa, Elizabeth Celaya, Steven Montera