- Amanda Crump
Since leaving the VISTA program and Metanoia, I have embarked upon life with a new perspective. Seeing first-hand the positive change taking place in the Chicora community during my year of service was incredible. I felt honored to be a part of such a dedicated community of leaders and will forever carry the impact of their work in my own life. At the end of my VISTA term, I began working as an Fundraising Campaign Associate for United Way of the Greater Triangle in Raleigh, NC. Through the Fall 2009 campaign, my accounts raised over 1.2 million dollars for nonprofits in the triangle region of North Carolina. I loved sharing stories of positive change and raising funds for the work happening in my community, but felt drawn to become a larger part of the transformational work. In January of 2010, I was accepted to Campbell University Divinity School and began Master of Divinity studies focused on Urban & Social Ministry and Counseling. As I continue my education and build upon the foundation Metanoia provided for me, I hope to gain a deeper perspective on how to invest in the lives of others and build relationships to become a catalyst for change in communities.
- Dominique Green
On November 21, 2008, I became an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), not knowing what it truly meant and not knowing how important this work would be in my life. A year and a half later, I think I understand. As a VISTA, I worked at the Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. I couldn’t ask for a better place to be. I had a supervisor who was always encouraged me to be the best Dominique I could be. I had coworkers who were really dedicated to their jobs and made me feel a part of the team.
Working with local government, I got a really unique experience. I coordinated the Be a Mentor initiative that seeks to improve the lives of children, by matching them with caring adults to be their mentors In order to make this initiative successful, I was in charge of starting and helping maintain mentoring programs across Charleston. I worked with schools, not for profit organizations, businesses, and the media. I really enjoyed and believed in what I did. Throughout the year, we were involved in many initiatives and events, the biggest of these being the First Day Festival. For these events, I was given the amazing task of volunteer coordinator. For the First Day Festival, there were nearly 300 volunteers!! It was hard work, but it was certainly rewarding. I learned how to be a positive and effective leader, a skill I’m sure will always come in handy.
As AmeriCorps members, we charge ourselves with working to eradicate poverty. I got a closer look at it, the education system and much more. What I was exposed to made me constantly ask, “Why?” and “What can I do?” I learned about what it means serving the community. I am a product of Charleston and the Charleston school system and I am fortunate to have been able to contribute something to the community that has given me so much.
Being an AmeriCorps member has opened many doors for me. I am currently working on my second internship with the State Department. The first one took me to Vancouver, BC, Canada to work during the Olympics. What an amazing experience!! I will soon be pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree from American University in DC, a field that my time with AmeriCorps certainly influenced me to pursue, with a concentration in social policy and international development. I look forward to using the skills and knowledge I acquired to make a positive impact. As I move to the next adventures in my life, my time as an AmeriCorps VISTA is an experience I will remember always.
Dominique L. Green
AmeriCorps VISTA Alum ‘09
- Krenston Price
In August 2004 I pledged to become a VISTA because I believed in the mission that the Noisette Foundation had to have a positive impact on poverty in the trident area. This mission also lined up with my ministry of serving God. As mentor coordinator, helping prison inmates to prepare for transition back into society and reduce the recidivism of non-violent offenders was such a rewarding experience.
After serving three years with the Noisette Family, I have seen 50+ men graduate from our program and be released to reunite with their families. I have been keeping in touch with most of the men since their release, and some have even joined me as members of my church. I encourage anyone that has the opportunity to become a VISTA, at Noisette or any other work site to take advantage of this experience.