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Celebrating VISTA50 in Utah

AmeriCorps VISTA, since 1965, working to lift people out of poverty. Celebrate #VISTA50 in Utah & across the US! http://thndr.it/1DMxuDI

Aug 27, 2015
Celebrating VISTA50 in Utah

AmeriCorps VISTA, since 1965, working to lift people out of poverty. Celebrate #VISTA50 in Utah & across the US! http://thndr.it/1DMxuDI

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A big fan of the New Orleans Saints, a HUGE fan of service 

If you’ve been following Katrina stories, the name Jack Styczysnki (above right) is probably familiar. He was featured here and is a prolific blogger while serving as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA.  Fortunately, our Louisiana state office staff had a chance to get some one-on-one time and ask Jack some questions to fill in some questions for us.

Question: You mention in one profile you visited New Orleans for work and loved it. This was a big catalyst for you trying to get back after the storm. What kind of work were you doing at the time?

Answer: I was a news researcher at various media companies in New York, including NBC, the New York Times and People magazine.

Q: Super Cool! A bit jealous in fact. Now we also know you had a hard time getting back into New Orleans. Can you tell us about that?

A: I was originally able to help in Gulport, MS, but I had no connections to the town. I knew the initial rush to help would taper off so I waited. My second relief trip was in March 2007 which was prime alternate spring break time! From that I learned to start coming back during off peak volunteer times, usually in the fall so I could see the Saints, I’m a big fan. I kept coming back and then joined AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013.

Aug 27, 2015

If you’ve been following Katrina stories the name Jack Styczysnki is probably familiar. He was featured here and is a prolific blogger while serving as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA.  Fortunately our state office staff had a chance to get some one on one time and ask Jack some questions to fill in some questions for us.

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Q: You mention in one profile you visited New Orleans for work and loved it. This was a big catalyst for you trying to get back after the storm. What kind of work were you doing at the time?

A: I was a news researcher at various media companies in New York, including NBC, the New York Times and People magazine.

Q: Super Cool! A bit jealous in fact. Now we also know you had a hard time getting back into New Orleans. Can you tell us about that?

A: I was originally able to help in Gulport, MS, but I had no connections to the town. I knew the initial rush to help would taper off so I waited. My second relief trip was in March 2007 which was prime alternate spring break time! From that I learned to start coming back during off peak volunteer times, usually in the fall so I could see the Saints, I’m a big fan. I kept coming back and then joined AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013.

Aug 27, 2015


#Katrina10 Stories of Service: Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Alum Chris Monforton

AmeriCorps alum Chris Monforton served on one of the first assessment teams for Habitat for Humanity around the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Watch to hear his memories of service and the gratitude he expresses for the volunteers on the 10th anniversary of the storm.

Learn more on the National Service Katrina10 portal

Aug 27, 2015

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