Plantory VISTA Network

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What do we do?

The Plantory AmeriCorps VISTA Network works with organizations to fight poverty. We do this by providing one or more AmeriCorps VISTA Members committed to a one-year service term to nonprofit host sites in Lexington, Kentucky.

Our program's approach to improving lives and strengthening communities is multi-pronged. We host one of the largest and most successful cohorts in Kentucky. We believe to eliminate poverty we have to have a lot of people committed to working together. Host sites within our network have a wide range of missions that fall under five focus areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans & military families.

 

If you are interested in increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, or just about anything in between, our AmeriCorps VISTA network is for you. To learn more about our AmeriCorps VISTA program, email Shawn Bumpase, our AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator, at VISTA@plantory.org.

What are the benefits?

For VISTA Members

  • Leadership & Project Management Skills

  • Professional Development

  • Education Award or Cash Stipend

  • Living Allowance

  • Non-Competitive Eligibility

  • Community

  • And More!

For VISTA Host Sites

  • Supervisory Skills

  • Professional Development

  • Full-Time Employee for One Year Term

  • Strong Network of Fellow Host Sites/Nonprofits

  • Host Site Cost Share ($20,000+ value)

  • Increase in Mission Impact

  • And More!

The Impact

Because of VISTA members, Host Sites have grown their programs into notable and recognizable organizations dedicated to alleviating the effects of poverty and disenfranchisement in our communities. VISTA members have benefitted from opportunities to develop themselves professionally and from gaining a better understanding of community-minded work. 

2015

14 VISTAs

2016

2017

24 VISTAs
27 VISTAs
  • Funds Raised: $980, 331

  • People Impacted: 2,470+

  • Funds Raised: $226,530

  • People Impacted: 5,171

  • Funds Raised: $268,737

  • People Impacted: 2,285

2018

2019

2020

28 VISTAs
20 VISTAs
14 VISTAs
  • Fund Raised: $315,000+

  • People Impacted: 3,000+

2021

  • Fund Raisied: $227,560

  • People Impacted: 2700+

  • Fundraising Goal: $250,000

  • People Impacted Goal: 3,000+

24 VISTAs
  • Fundraising Goal: $300,000

  • People Impacted Goal: 6000+

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Rashad Hayden
VISTA Leader
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Shawn Bumpase,

VISTA Program Director

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Cheryl Adams
Collabortion VISTA