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How OneStar VISTAs are helping schools & nonprofits adapt to an extraordinary year
29 SEP 2020

Launching a new school year in the midst of global pandemic requires extraordinary flexibility and creativity. When schools and nonprofits need additional support, AmeriCorps members offer adaptability, enthusiasm, and commitment to get things done! OneStar’s AmeriCorps VISTA members are dedicated to alleviating poverty, and ensuring quality educational opportunities is a key driver in that mission. Here are a few ways that our VISTA members have been able to help educational institutions pivot during this exceptional school year. Developing virtual platforms R...


3 Themes from the 2020 AmeriCorps Symposium
22 SEP 2020

Last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted the AmeriCorps Symposium—a multi-day conference that brings together AmeriCorps and state commission staff. It is a great opportunity for us to learn from experts in the field as well as each other, and to connect on a variety of topics and learning opportunities that impact AmeriCorps programming. The Symposium is traditionally held in Washington, D.C., but like many recent large-scale gatherings, this year’s event was hosted virtually, where participants accessed workshops and plenaries via webinar. I...


Rebuild Texas Fund: Looking Ahead
18 AUG 2020

Today we commemorate the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey and celebrate the inspiring progress Texas communities have made toward rebuilding stronger than ever. We invite you visit rebuildtx.org and download the three-year recap to learn more about our Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts through the Rebuild Texas Fund. DOWNLOAD THE RECAP The OneStar Foundation is honored and humbled to continue the work conceived by the Rebuild Texas Fund in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Three years ago, it was hard to im...


AmeriCorps Texas Responds: Advise TX College Advising Corps keeps students on track during pandemic
22 APR 2020

“We are constantly reassuring students that everything is going to be okay, but also being super honest that we don't know where things are going. It’s best to keep them task-oriented.” Calep Smith AmeriCorps adviser at Madison High School Advise TX College Advising Corps at The University of Texas at Austin When school closures were announced last month in response to COVID-19, the Advise TX College Advising Corps at The University of Texas at Austin sprang into action to ensure they could continue providing support to high school students...


AmeriCorps Texas Responds: Legacy Healthcare Corps serves at the forefront of Houston’s pandemic response
22 APR 2020

“It is not just one family who is experiencing this—there are more stories like that here. Now that a lot of people are losing their jobs, the uncertainty is growing. I hope that all of us AmeriCorps members become a beam of light in these trying and desperate times.” Sara Shams AmeriCorps Community Health Advocate Legacy Community Health When COVID-19 emerged in the Houston and Beaumont area, Legacy Community Health was at the forefront of the local public health response and was one of the first organizations in the city to provide widely availabl...