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By Aaron Bigler Lefebvre, AmeriCorps VISTA member

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When attending Pre-Service Orientation (PSO), members in the AmeriCorps VISTA program learn about poverty. They learn about situational poverty, about generational poverty, about urban and rural poverty, and so forth. During this training, facilitators ask their groups to form a circle to discuss what poverty means to them. They’re asked: what does poverty look like to you?

The answers would no doubt surprise you, and would undoubtedly provoke the conscience to consider unknown situations. As a new AmeriCorps VISTA, when I was asked this question of what poverty looks like, the realization arrived that it was the situation in which I’d been living, though it might not look like the poverty you’re picturing.

They’re asked: what does poverty look like to you?

The answers would no doubt surprise you.

I have a low-vision blindness disability that I developed at the age of 19. I’m a white, middle-class male. A Boy Scout who has always done well in school. Well enough even to earn two English degrees while adapting to a newly acquired low-vision disability.  

After graduating from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ with an MFA in Creative Writing, I began a job search. I searched. I searched some more. I had many interviews. Some, I was unqualified for, while others, I was more than qualified for. On occasion, I was dismissed because I had to disclose my disability. Yes, it’s illegal, but you know what? They gave me the run-around anyway. Why? Because like with many people who experience poverty on one level or another, I didn’t have the resources to do anything about it.  

By Aaron Bigler Lefebvre, AmeriCorps VISTA member

When attending Pre-Service Orientation (PSO), members in the AmeriCorps VISTA program learn about poverty. They learn about situational...

By Kelly DeGraff, Senior Advisor for Disaster Services at CNCS

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Across the country, communities are actively experiencing extreme heat conditions. This week, the National Weather Service announced that “dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected this week across a large portion of the nation.” Many of the communities supported by AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are part of the most vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and children, who need the most assistance in times of adverse weather. Programs like Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members in Phoenix, AZ and El Paso, TX are actively working to make those communities more resilient against the extremely high temperatures that threaten the cities.  And now we need your help! We hope that you will be ambassadors and help bring awareness, education, and action to your communities and families.

What can you do?

To help Americans stay safe during extreme heat,FEMA urges residents to consider taking the following actions in affected areas:

By Tess Mason-Elder, CNCS Staff

Last weekend, the nation’s governors gathered in Des Moines, Iowa for the National Governors Association’s 2016 Summer Meeting to discuss some of the pressing challenges facing states – from the opioid crisis to cyber security to agriculture and food security. But this year, they did something unique: Thanks to the leadership of Iowa Governor Branstad and the National Governors Association, governors, first spouses, staff, and meeting attendees came together to show the power of service.

Thanks to those who volunteered Saturday! We packaged 50,000 meals for @FOODBANKIOWA with @Outreachprgm! #NGA2016 https://t.co/baSIuZbfHO

— NGA Summer Meeting (@NGAIowa2016) July 18, 2016

Over the four day meeting, Wendy Spencer, the team from Volunteer Iowa, and AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers joined the governors to help The Outreach Program package 50,000 meals to support the Food Bank of Iowa. AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with Outreach, an AmeriCorps NCCC team from the Vinton, IA campus, and AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members from the Des Moines area, showed the governors the best of the national service family.

By Amy Potthast, Director of Programs for Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest has experienced a learning curve in being inclusive of applicants with disabilities, it has brought us much joy to journey alongside AmeriCorps members who offer extraordinary gifts shaped by their distinct life experiences.

Social Justice at our Core

Social justice is a core value of JVC Northwest and we mission our AmeriCorps members to accompany people on the margins. So, when applicants come to us who themselves have experienced marginalization and micro-aggressions due to their lived experiences with a disability, we strive to welcome them with safety and warmth.

Person First, then Position

When an applicant enters our process, we first determine a mutual fit with our program as a whole. After an applicant is accepted into the program, we then consider them for the positions we have available.

Our program is somewhat unique in that our members live with three to seven other members in intentional living communities throughout the 22 cities and towns where we serve. Among our first tasks is to evaluate an applicant’s ability to thrive in an intentional community. We value simple living, group decision making and budgeting, and addressing conflict at its source. Does the applicant have a track record of openness and flexibility to learn how to be with others in community?

If an applicant has a disability, they may disclose that to us during this selection process. They may ask for accommodations. Considering the whole person first allows us to understand the depth and maturity each applicant brings, rather than first focusing on the potential implications of a disability.

After we accept the applicant into the program, we match them to available positions.

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