Amanda Dever to return as AmeriCorps VISTA for 2010-11

Amanda Dever was recently chosen to remain at Marietta College for the 2010-11 academic year as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Campus and Community Collaboration Leader.

“I’m very excited that I will be staying another year here at Marietta. Even after a year of service here at the College, I am realizing that there are still a lot of things I want to work on,” she said. “I’d like to work more on developing and expanding the hunger focus and making sustainable programs that will last after I leave. Also, I’m seeing that the Marietta community is truly coming together to work on the hunger issue. I’m excited to be a part of those efforts for another year of service.”

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program in which volunteers live in the communities they serve, designing programs that will continue after they complete their service.

Dever’s role as VISTA at Marietta is to promote a positive relationship between the College and the larger community through coordinating service activities and/or finding student organizations to meet various needs. In her short time at Marietta College, Dever has led the campus-wide effort to fight hunger in the community.

“We are very excited to be able to host an AmeriCorps VISTA for a fourth year. We will continue to have a campus-wide focus on hunger relief efforts,” said Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies and McDonough’s Director of Civic Engagement. “This year alone we have managed to acquire $5,000 in grant funding for three community based hunger projects, and our current VISTA has helped coordinate a number of drives and service projects that have collected in excess of $12,000 as well as thousands of perishable and nonperishable food items across Washington County.”

Judd Pucella also said the VISTAs have helped Marietta College students strive to attain one of its core values—service to the region.

“We could not have as great of an impact on the community without this position. We are very grateful to Ohio Campus Compact for helping colleges across Ohio take advantage of this key resource in the national fight against poverty,” Judd Pucella said.