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UW-Eau Claire Awarded VISTA Continuation

RELEASED: May 23, 2005

UW-Eau Claire student helping a grade schooler with her homeworkEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently received word that a continuation request to host two VISTA members for the coming year has been accepted.

Low-income families and others in the Chippewa Valley will benefit from the funding for VISTA workers, said Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning.

The VISTA jobs are part of a grant awarded in 2003 to the Wisconsin Campus Compact K-16 Service-Learning Project. The compact is a coalition of 32 private and public, two-year and four-year college and university presidents dedicated to strengthening civic engagement and service-learning partnerships among the state's colleges and universities and communities. Last year 35 AmeriCorps*VISTA members served as service-learning coordinators in Wisconsin.

"We're pleased with the work done by our VISTA workers," Mowry said. "Our focus in the second year will be on projects such as expanding after-school opportunities for middle school children without duplicating services already in place."

The workers planned events involving hunger issues, and helped support and develop the Family Resource Center, Mowry said. They helped the Boys and Girls Club develop volunteer training and orientation programs and organized students to help with homework. They also helped provide economic literacy to newly immigrated Hmong refugees, he said.

"They participated in observances such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and exceeded their goals for listing new service opportunities and recruiting college students for projects," Mowry said, noting that they also helped faculty integrate service-learning into courses and met with community groups and students about service-learning.

VISTA workers receive a monthly allowance and an educational award or stipend, which is paid by the grant. UW-Eau Claire provides office space, equipment and support services.

"They give a year of their life in service to projects that find solutions to the urban and rural poverty that plagues communities throughout the country," Mowry said. "We're grateful for their presence here and look forward to working with them in the coming year."

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