The Maverick County Commissioners Court held a meeting earlier this month in which they approved the recruitment of three AmeriCorps National Vista workers.
During the meeting Judge David Saucedo presented Bruce Ballou, who informed the commissioners of what those individuals would be doing.
“The Vista workers will be placed in the different precincts and will work with the commissioners and others on things such as poverty, literacy, crime and other issues.” said Ballou “We currently have 6 workers in Maverick county.”
Ballou explained that the individuals would not get a salary but an allowance for expenditures. “Under this program they also receive funds for college. They get $5,000 to put towards their education.”
Judge Saucedo stated that this program is of great service to communities but also those individuals that volunteer their time to organizations such as AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. “The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions. “
Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. AmeriCorps VISTA members are in tribal, rural, suburban, and urban communities. Poverty can take many forms, which is why VISTA’s model is driven directly by communities in need.