AmeriCorps*VISTA is the national service program of the Corporation for National and Community Service designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 as Volunteers in Service to America, the program was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years. VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by encouraging individuals from all walks of life to engage in a year of full-time service with a sponsoring organization to create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
The City of Charleston manages the AmeriCorps*VISTA program in the Charleston Area. Charleston Promise Neighborhood was excited to receive the help of AmeriCorps*VISTA, Pam Willrodt, who specializes in health literacy within our community. Pam’s pledge as a VISTA states, “I will get things done for America -to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.” Thank you Pam for all you do for Charleston Promise Neighborhood!