(From left: Chasity Scott, Keianna Cunningham, Sarah Taylor)
Volunteers come in many forms. Last fall, AR Kids Read partnered with AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) to increase its impact in the local community. Through this valuable federally-funded program, AR Kids Read and the Central Arkansas community have reaped exponential benefits.
And we have more exciting news! Because of the program’s success at AR Kids Read, three more VISTA positions have been approved by the state. This month, we welcome our new members: Keianna Cunningham, Chasity Scott, and Sarah Taylor.
Keianna, a recent Hendrix graduate was looking for a year-long opportunity to serve the community before stepping into a Master's program, which is her next step. "I knew I wanted to find something that would be meaningful and would make a tangible difference in my life and in the community."
Sarah has a background in teaching, but made observations of herself and her surroundings that made her rethink how she might better serve people with her skill set. "When I was teaching in the classroom, I recognized the need for support outside of the classroom. Being a Regional Coordinator VISTA at AR Kids Read provided me with the perfect opportunity to do that."
Chasity, a recent Rhodes graduate, stumbled across the AmeriCorps VISTA program online. She was so invested in her community in college and wanted to continue that service after graduation. "VISTA was the perfect opportunity to serve the community and actually make a difference. The atmosphere of AR Kids Read drew me in. I am very interested in education and helping kids. I saw that AR Kids Read really wanted to help the community and also would invest in me as well."
We are thrilled to have them aboard to help strengthen and build relationships, programs, and the overall impact AR Kids Read has on the community.