In our VISTA Spotlight, our OneStar AmeriCorps VISTA members share in their own words about the transformative experience of serving with nonprofits and agencies in Texas working to eliminate poverty.
After living in Houston for five years, I’ve become passionate about this city, especially about building connections between privileged and underserved neighborhoods. That’s why I chose to serve with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.
To continue serving the community outside of the foundation, I have been involved with a local organization working to protect low-income neighborhoods of color from an upcoming highway expansion. I’ve been volunteering to help with community awareness events and build out resources, and it’s been amazing to see Houstonians across the city rally for the good of their neighbors. It feels like the perfect complement to my VISTA term, I can build capacity by day, and do direct service by night.