The word might conjure up a sweeping view of a sunset, but VISTA also means Volunteers in Service to America.

President John F. Kennedy successfully pitched the idea for a national service corps to Congress in 1963. Fifty years later, VISTAs continue to “fight poverty with passion” by working for one year or one summer to strengthen organizations that assist low-income communities.

Here at the literacy council, VISTAs are a key part of achieving our mission. Our job is to recruit, train and support them in their work with 65 partner organizations across the state.
This year, you are helping us support 93 VISTAs, including 74 who lead our 8-week Summer Reads program for K-3 kids, going on now! (Learn more about Summer Reads.)

Meet two 2016 Summer Reads VISTAs
Gaby and Zed serve together at Centro Guadalupano and Rondo Discovery Club. Listen to their 3-minute audio conversation to hear why they decided to become VISTAs, which one is an early bird and the best moments of their service so far.
More fun facts about our 74 Summer Reads VISTAs:
  • 6% are 45 or older.
  • 36% are fluent in at least one other language besides English.
  • 37% of Twin Cities VISTAs are people of color.
  • Longest distance traveled to serve: 1,398 miles! (College Station, TX to Ely, MN)
  • One VISTA is an Open Door Learning Center GED student.
  • 11 VISTAs are working on capstone projects, covering topics such as culturally relevant pedagogy, teaching poetry to K-3 children, social-emotional learning, book-making, bullying, tutoring children with high needs (such as autism) and literacy across non-literacy disciplines (like math and science).
3 cheers for 3 achievements!
{Our work is possible thanks to your generous support for literacy.}
We've redesigned the homepage of our website to provide easier access to the most popular information. Changes will take effect July 30, and we wanted to give you the first peek. Can you spot the differences in our before-and-after photos?
Three times per year we follow up with callers to our Adult Literacy Hotline to see if they found the Hotline referral service helpful. This year 100% of Hotline callers surveyed said they received the information they needed and 82% took the next step of contacting a literacy program. One social worker told us, "I call all the give such helpful information!"
You helped us raised $3,432 for literacy at Indeed Brewing Company last month! We enjoyed seeing many familiar faces at our second annual Raise a Glass for Literacy event. Many thanks to Indeed staff member Patrick for nominating us for this great partnership.
Hope to see you!
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We'll have a table at the Midtown Farmers Market in Minneapolis on Saturday, August 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by to find volunteer info, pick up some literacy council swag or just come and say hi!
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