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The VISTA Verse June 2011

Vol. 1 Issue 7

VISTA Project of United Way of Weld County

AmeriCorps Week – Chock Full of Fun, Service, and Minerals The fifth annual AmeriCorps Week was a success last month! From painting and refurbishing nonprofits in the area to cleaning no kill animal sanctuaries and walking dogs, AmeriCorps members and alums celebrated AmeriCorps Week by doing what they do best – service. They also took time to thank participating organizations, spread the word about AmeriCorps through word of mouth and radio interviews. During a time when funding is decreasing for AmeriCorps members, they continue to commit a year to serving a community, these AmeriCorps helped individuals learn about AmeriCorps’ value and impact through presentations, interviews, social media, and press coverage Here at United Way and as part of the VISTA Project we would like to thank our AmeriCorps members for their service as well as their participating organizations. Extra thanks to: Youth for Christ – Higher Grounds, Turning Point, Denkai Animal Sanctuary, and the City of Greeley – Poudre Trail for giving our VISTA members the opportunity to get out into the community and give back through great projects. Finally, a big thanks to Aims College Radio (Morning Mayhem) and 600KCOL for conducting and airing an AmeriCorps VISTA interview to help create awareness about our program. For more pictures of AmeriCorps Week visit the United Way of Weld County facebook page. To learn more about AmeriCorps Week, visit www.AmeriCorpsWeek.gov.

Getting Things Done for America! VISTA member, Laura Kay Hart, of A Boys & Girls Club took it on herself to help spread the word of AmeriCorps by hosting a presentation on AmeriCorps VISTA at T.R.Paul Academy of the Arts & Knowledge for Mrs. Busselman's and Mrs. Boyce's kindergarten classes. They discussed Americorps and the "We Can Do It!" poster that is commonly shown.

Interested in learning more? Contact: VISTA Project – United Way of Weld County 814 9th Street Greeley, CO 80631 PO Box 1944 Greeley, CO 80832 P: 970-353-4300 ext 2570 F: 970-353-4738 Email: erika@unitedway-weld.org

The youth expressed great interest and explained that the poster was, “A man and a woman working together” with “the arms showing they were strong, which meant when we help each other together, everyone is stronger.” What a great lesson to learn! They really enjoyed the AmeriCorps bookmarks that were handed out, THANKS LK!


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Important & Interesting Dates May is National Safety Month & LGBT Pride Month

Nice New Digs, Connections! Connections for Independent Living made the big rd move on May 23 to their new building located at 1331 8th Avenue in Greeley. Their recent wine gala, which was a huge success, helped them obtain additional funds for the move. This building offers additional services to individuals with disabilities living independent lives, not previously available at their last site. These include, a computer lab with six computers and the local book mobile making trips st rd every 1 and 3 Thursday of each month. The colors on the inside are eye-popping and offer immediate sensory stimulation upon entering. If you haven’t visited this facility, make sure to do so soon and congratulate VISTA, Erin Janda & Supervisor Beth Danielson!

Leadership Weld County Class of 2010-2011 Congratulations to Saundra Catalina, the AmeriCorps VISTA of Habitat for Humanity, who graduated from th her Leadership Weld County class on May 12 . This program is hosted by the Greeley Chamber of Commerce. It was created identify, educate, and motivate current and emerging leaders to improve Weld County through personal and collective commitment. The program is a 9 month term with monthly meetings to learn about Weld County's history, culture, human services, non-profits, criminal justice, education, local and state government, economic development, media, agriculture, and natural resources through speakers, tours and presentations. Class members are required to make a volunteer commitment to a local organization. Saundra made a commitment to volunteer with Lambda. There is also a class project, which for this year’s class was building capacity in the Weld County Food Banks Backpack Program. They spoke to community groups as well as volunteered building thousands of backpacks at the food bank.

06/04 - National Trails Day 06/08 – 06/09 - Shavuot 06/11 - National Get Outdoors Day & Boys & Girls Club selling Vinyl Records at the Greeley Blues Fest 06/12 – Anne Frank Day 06/14 – Flag Day 06/19 – Father’s Day – Thank your dads! 06/20 – World Refugee Day 06/21 – Summer Solstice 06/30 VISTA Monthly Meeting For more information on these events please email Erika – erika@unitedway-weld.org

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Some AmeriCorps VISTAs are ending their service year soon and many of our local college volunteers have finished their school year. What should you have done before finishing? Don’t miss out – check out the checklist! Road trip to see another VISTA – you know those ones from PSO or the state conference? Document it – If you moved somewhere new, take pictures of your favorite spots/friends and collect mementos. Shadowbox or scrapbook these. Commit to Connect - Make sure you have personal email addresses and phone numbers for VISTAs you’ve connected with this year. Reunions are AWESOME! Thank yous - Writing thank yous to people who have been especially helpful in developing your skills, been extra friendly or welcoming, or helped you out this year. Sightsee – Be sure to visit Colorado Breweries/Wineries, hiking, white water rafting, Denver Zoo, hot air balloon rides, Water World, horseback riding, and more. Take advantage!


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Summer Time, Fun Time In a hurry? On the run? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. They're great with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with a little sour cream and a mixed green salad.

Black Bean Quesadillas - 1 can(s) (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed - 1/2 cup(s) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, preferably pepper Jack - 1/2 cup(s) prepared fresh salsa, divided - 4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas - 2 teaspoon(s) canola oil, divided - 1 ripe avocado, diced Directions: Combine beans, cheese, and 1/4 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread 1/2 cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with avocado and the remaining salsa.

V^3: Very Valuable VISTA Yan Jee – North Range Behavioral Health 1.) What is your favorite song at the moment? Don't really have a favorite song at the moment but I am in love with Kanye West's album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” 2.) Which is more important to you-the ride or the destination? I think it’s the ride, probably because I love road trips. But if the destination is Michigan then I would have to say the destination 3.) What are your plans for this summer? Go home to Michigan to vacation and look for a job. I don’t know yet, I don't plan that far in advance. 4.) What is your favorite line from a movie? I don't think I have one 5.) What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? And was it good? I've eaten a lot of weird things in my life, and they were all delicious! 6.) Who inspires you in your life? Britney Spears! Just kidding. I think that honor goes to Patty Lloyd who has lost three people that she loved to suicide and still manages to inspire others who have been bereaved by suicide. Patty's passion for suicide prevention after all that she has been through has made it a pleasure working for Suicide Education and Support Services 7.) Why did you become an AmeriCorps VISTA? I would like to say passion for service and volunteering in my community or something of the sort but the truth is I was just looking for a job. VISTA was a chance for me to gain real world experience and to build my resume. 8.) What do you miss most about home? I miss Lake Michigan!!! It's so weird being away from water. I also miss the Vienna Koegel Hot dogs! This Nathan's stuff is not cutting it for me. Oh...and I would like to add that I miss my family and my friends too. That is all. 9.) What do you love the most about being in Colorado? The opportunities it has given me to network and the experiences I had with working with VISTA!


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What’s Happenin’ - June

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All Events are FREE unless marked otherwise 06/10 & 06/11 Hoofin It Home Adoption Extravaganza 10am – 6pm Denkai Adoption Center 60 adoptable dogs and cats on site, all breeds, sizes and ages! Children's activities and events including face painting and more! 06/10 & 06/11 Greeley Blues Jam Island Grove Regional Park The best blues festival in Northern Colorado. Come out and enjoy national and local Blues artists on two stages 12 hours of non-stop Blues! Tickets are $20 before March 31 and go up to $25 after that. th 06/11 Greeley Farmer’s Market 7:30am – 12pm 902 7 Ave Greeley. The annual Greeley Farmers' Market features vendors with seasonal farm-fresh produce, meats, breads and pastries, flowers, great food, local crafts and more. Special activities are scheduled throughout the season including live music and recipe demonstrations. They take food stamps! 06/12 Greeley Triathlon 7am Promontory Park 1630 Promontory Circle. The Greeley Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event consisting of a 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike ride, and 5K run. Registration= $60, but feel free to just go and cheer! 06/12 International Fest 2-5pm Lincoln Park Greeley. Celebrate World Refugee Day at International Fest Food, dancing, activities, and art from around the world and for all ages. 06/18 Farmer’s Market 06/18 Loveland Old West Round-Up 9am – 5pm The Ranch Larimer County Fairgrounds. June 17-19 - 3 day Cowboy Collectible Trade Show & Contemporary Makers Contest. Antique and Contemporary cowboy gear and decor. Also an auction 06/25 Farmer’s Market

Re-occurring events: Trivia Night every Thurs 8:30pm Jager 822 9th St Greeley (downstairs) Karaoke every Mon 9pm AF Rays 2700 8th Avenue Greeley

Social Media Monday Everyone likes to be informed– but Generation Y is taking that a step further. On facebook in their cubicle, texting people while updating statuses, twitter, and the likes. It’s not just Generation Y though, others are picking up on this fad of vast information. How can you use social media to create awareness of your program and services? 1.) Facebook – You can easily connect with other VISTAs, community members, and share info at the click of a button, even my parents have a facebook page! Create or update your organizations group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/AmeriCorpsVISTA 2.) Flickr – On this site you can share photos, albums, short profile info, and can tag people. This is great for sharing visuals from events. Be sure to check out “V is for” Flickr group, the official VISTA Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/visfor/ 3.) Youtube – Share video footage from events or clients/employees talking about their experience with the organization. Telling a story means more when you can see a face and hear a voice to go with it. Check out the CNCS VISTA youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/nationalservice 4.) Blogging – Start a blog for your organization that can be sent out or viewed electronically so people are always up-to-date on what is happening at your organization. www.wordpress.com and www.blogspot.com are great and free options. VISTA blogs can be found at: http://vistapulse.wordpress.com/vista-blogs/ 5.) List Serves/ Email Blasts – Currently email is the reigning source of communication within companies overriding the telephone as a source. People can access email through phone, computer, and other forms of technology for viewing, this is a great way to ensure someone gets your information. 6.) Qik – This site is great for recording and sharing videos directly from your phone. It captures things in real time and allows you to upload immediately. 7.) Four Square – This program lets you note your locations with a mobile phone and tracks where friends are. Similar to twitter, it allows you to share events/activities in real time and invite all your friends to join! https://twitter.com/#!/VISTAbuzz


June 2011 VISTA Verse Newsletter