During AmeriCorps Week, we celebrate how #AmeriCorpsWorks

Whether it’s the 78 VISTAs who have leveraged over two million dollars for nonprofits or the 214 AmeriCorps members who have provided critical literacy services to more than 10,000 adults, our members have built stronger communities and deepened the impact of nonprofits throughout Texas since 2011.

For the last day of #AmeriCorpsWeek the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas highlighted a few of their AmeriCorps members’ experiences.

Laura Poe, AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Workers Defense Project

Workers Defense Project offers English as a Second Language classes to low-income workers in Austin, Texas. The VISTA, Laura Poe, serves as the Education Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. She has been in service for almost four months now. Recently, our ESL classes coordinated an English Partners Night for the adult students at Workers Defense Project and its partner organization, Manos de Cristo. Laura recruited 33 volunteers to serve as conversational companions for a fun evening of practicing English and playing games. 33 students from Workers Defense Project and Manos de Cristo attended. As a result of Laura’s volunteer recruitment efforts, this was the first time we were able to offer 1:1 student-English partner conversations. Everyone had a great time, and the students appreciated having the ability to speak individually with a native English speaker.

VISTA members Karyssa Zavala, Rebecca Birkholz, Laura Poe, and VISTA Program Manager Annabel Osburn at the 2017 MLK Day of Service Event.