*A Thank You for VISTAs *Ways to get your VISTA work recognized *Free & low cost activities in Greeley/FC *Santa Fe Stew - DELICIOUS! *Do you know Cathy Millon of Girl Scouts of Colorado? Now you do! *New VISTA leader: Erika Rogness
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The Untold Story: Young Philanthropists in Your Community I would like to start by thanking all of you for taking a year (or more) of your time to serve communities that need it! Few people are willing to continue to live on college-like funds after they have graduated while spending their work week trying to improve their own communities or the new area they have relocated to. You commit to being available 24/7, volunteer many hours, take on challenges you are given, and all so you can fight poverty or make someone's life better . It's incredible to see a great group of people that have so much heart to do all that it takes to make their organization a success. Without your contributions and passion many things would have been difficult for your site to accomplish. Once again, I thank you all and applaud you for your great work. I also thank the supervisors who allow you the opportunity to learn new skills and give you the freedom to work on projects with the same objectives in mind. In saying this, the monthly newsletter known as the AmeriCorps Vista's "The Verse" will include free/cheap upcoming events, deals on meals/recipes, V^3 (Very Valuable VISTA), and resources for work related materials. If you would like additional items in the
newsletter please let me know and I am more than happy to take anyone's contributions to add into the newsletters. This is the introductory newsletter so future newsletters will have more resources! I look forward to this new year with a wonderful group of VISTAs that I hope to learn more about while making a difference!
Cheap & Easy Meal for Days! Santa Fe Stew
For the Health Conscious
I personally love this
Pesto Tuna Salad
recipe because I can
1 (6 ounce) can
make it for parties or
just to eat and then freeze the rest for another meal! This turns out pretty thick
Better Recognize How to get your work known at your site
1/4 cup prepared (or homemade) basil pesto sauce
Attend Staff meetings: If you have staff meetings at your site, make time to attend a few of
so you can either eat
it as a stew
on what you are doing as a
or dip tortilla chips in
VISTA or just use it to meet
people and make connections.
Pass out your monthly
newsletter: This new
1 ib lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped 1 can Rotel with green chilis 1 can corn
Directions In a bowl, mix the tuna, pesto, sun-
them. You can update the staff
monthly newletter of AmeriCorps VISTA's "The Verse" will include portions specifically for your VISTA accomplishments! You may want your supervisors to see
1 can pinto beans
this or pass it along to people
1 can black beans
you volunteer or work with.
1 lb. mild Mexican
Accomplishments will be taken
Velveeta, cubed 2 tsp. of chili powder 1 tsp of cumin dash of salt
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. It's
from progress reports or emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Business cards: Do you have business cards? Be sure to
good on a croissant.
pass them around! Ask your
with chopped onion in
If you prefer more of
site if they are able to print
skillet pan. Throw
a crunch, add celery
these for you or there are sites
browned meat and
and onions to taste.
that will print them for free. You
onions into big pot
can create business cards on
and began mixing
Vistaprint.com and just pay for
in all other ingredients
them to be shipped!
WITH the liquid in the
Your sites web page: Many
cans (I drain the corn
sites list their staff on the web
a little, but NOT
page, make sure your name is
completely). If you
there. You can talk to your sites
don't want to use chili
webmaster or tech department
powder or cumin, you
about getting your name up as
can use a chili mix or
well as information about your
a ranch mix. Simmer
sites VISTA project.
in pot until all cubes of
Bulletin boards at work: use
Velveeta are melted.
your work bulletin board to post
Let cool to thicken.
Eat with sour cream,
upcoming events or work that
tortilla chips, or
VISTAs have done. This helps
straight with a spoon!
promote all VISTA events and recruit volunteers! Site's newspaper/newsletter: If your site has a newsletter or newspaper, consider asking for space to do a bi-monthly VISTA column. It helps remind staff
and community members about events, shares resources, and uses the time to talk about the importance of your program!
What's Happenin' December All events FREE unless marked otherwise
V^3: Very Valuable VISTA Cathy Millon - Girl Scouts of Colorado 1) What is your most prized possession? My most prized possession would have to be my laptop. It’s the most functional thing I own – music, movies, Internet, fanmail, etc. – plus it’s full of
12/21: Winter Solstice - yup the earth's axle tilt is farthest from the sun today! Blackbird Celtic Music, 7pm at Poudre
stickers that express my personal passions and political stances – feminism and liberal stuff like NOW (National Organization for Women), Obama, Amnesty International, etc
River Public Library 201 Peterson Street, Fort Collins Darkwave's Nightmare for Xmas 8pm at
2) Worst fear? I most fear being stuck in a professional or personal situation that I couldn’t get out of. I never want to
Hodi's Half Note 167 N College Ave, Fort
end up in a job that I don’t enjoy or that doesn’t
challenge me, and I never want to be living
12/22: Karaoke night at AJ's 7:30-
somewhere feeling like I couldn’t leave. I like my
midnight at 735 16th st, Greeley 12/23: Trivia night & Live music at The
freedom. 3) What do you want to be remembered for?
Jager 8pm-10pm at 822 9th st,
I want to be remembered for my fearlessness –
scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, bungee
Cheap Eats: 35 cent wings all day at Jacksons All-American Sports Grill 2100
jumping, skydiving, moving to a new state, taking things head-on and knowing that I’ll be able to make it work out.
35th Ave Greeley 12/27-12/30: FREE Holiday Skate School Session Mon-Thur 11:25am-noon Ice
4) What’s the best surprise you’ve ever had? So far, the best surprise I’ve had was winning the United Way of Gratiot County Volunteer Award in
Haus 1000 10th st Greeley
2009. I had no idea I was even nominated. Only
12/31: KRFC's 26th Annual Resolution
one person on the committee knew who I was and
5K Run at 7pm CSU campus in front of
they still awarded me a very prestigious title. I was
extremely proud of myself and flattered that someone nominated me AND I won!
01/01: New Year's Day 5K & Annual Blowout Sale 10am at Runners Roost-
5) If you knew you COULDN’T fail, what would
Front Range Village 2720 Council Tree
you want to try?
Ave, ste 112 Fort Collins Your entry fee includes a running item (you choose from
I would want to try living in a country like Sweden or Switzerland. I know nothing about their history, culture, politics or social climate, but I love the
a bin), post race munchies and
languages and would want to try really living
refreshments, raffle prizes. Gear 70% off,
somewhere completely different than what I know.
footwear for $30 plus other sale items. 01/02: Free FUN Skate 12:30pm - 1pm at the Ice Haus
6) Why did you become an AmeriCorps VISTA? I applied to be a VISTA for a multitude of reasons. I love volunteering and knew this would be a great opportunity to experience a whole system of
* Public Skate Sessions Ice Haus: MonSun noon-1:30 Wed 6:15-7:45pm $4 weekday $5 weekend $2 skate rental
nonprofits. I also really wanted to move to Colorado and have a passion for working with women and girls. I was able to work for an organization that filled those needs for me while also teaching me so much about large nonprofit organizations. Plus, VISTA looks great on a grad school application (and, you know, ed. award!). 7) What personality trait gets you in trouble? I think my fearlessness gets me in trouble when I say the wrong thing and make people uncomfortable with my bluntness. Sometimes I assume other people are as fearless as I am.
8) What do you miss the most about home?
WATER. Growing up on Lake Huron spoiled me! I miss having a perfect breeze off the lake, jumping in when it’s too hot out, and going for a boat ride to clear my head. Plus, kayaking, fishing, tubing – I love being on the water. 9) What do you love the most about being in Colorado? I love feeling like I can go anywhere and do anything. Camping in the mountains is awesome,
Enjoying the Adirondacks in NY
New VISTA Leader Erika Rogness I am very excited to be the new VISTA leader with United Way of Weld County! Volunteering is something I began in high school when I started performing with a Quintet for Christmas at a senior citizens home. I continued short stints of volunteer work during high school and soon after into college when I assisted in hosting a Halloween party for Sudanese refugees and joined VoluntEARS with Disneyland while I interned there. After graduating from college with a bachelors in hospitality management (tourism/event planning) I was able to gain a job in outdoor tourism right outside Zion National Park. Never having canyoneered before and only wall climbing instead of rock climbing they put me through an amazing course for the first month of learning! This however, was a seasonal job, and I couldn't be out of work for 3 months. I had always wanted to join AmeriCorps and this was my opportunity. I did an interview for the earliest start date I could find and one month after I was done in Utah, I found myself in Vermont serving as a VISTA for a youth oriented substance abuse prevention coalition! During my service
and I love my commute to work along the mountains. It’s really cool to watch it snow in the mountains – way cooler than watching it rain on a lake.
term I had fun & there was little training on-site; it was more a "hit the ground running, sink or swim" position and I loved every minute of it! I learned more than I ever could have imagined, saw incredible things, enjoyed the East coast, got to visit old friends, and made lifelong new friends! I was sad to go, but I feel that learning new things, seeing new amazing sights, enjoying the West again, and making new friends can only be an even greater experience here in Colorado. I truly believe that new experiences rise up your spirit! Here is one of my favorite quotes to sum up my thoughts: "You are wrong if you think that happiness in life comes soley from your relationships with people. The wonders of life are in everything we see and anything we do, we just have to change the way we look at things."
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