Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001

Features

AmeriCorps/VISTA recruits volunteers

College students who want to gain valuable and varied experience before starting a career.
   Mid-career employees looking to make a change. Retirees who want to make a meaningful contribution with their time.
   These and other individuals are making a difference in their country and their communities as AmeriCorps or VISTA volunteers.
   The Fremont Public Association, one of King County's largest human services organizations, coordinates the AmeriCorps and VISTA programs and is now recruiting volunteers to serve for one year beginning in September. An 8-week summer program also is open for participants.
   Members may work with troubled teens, help the disabled or elderly, make their community a safer place, or teach young children to read. In the process, participants learn teamwork, communication, responsibility and other essential skills that will help them for the rest of their lives.
   Volunteers receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, student loan deferment and training. An educational award of $4,725 is provided upon completion of service.
   In addition, a summer VISTA program will be offered this year to pair volunteers with children who need to improve their reading skills. Summer VISTA volunteers receive the monthly living allowance and a $1,000 educational reward upon completion of the eight-week program.
   For more information, visit the Fremont Public Association's Web site at www.fremontpublic.org and click on Volunteer Opportunities, or call ( 206) 675-3200.