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Newberry College Hosts AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

September 21, 2012

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College is hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer for the 2012- 2013 school year. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) who dedicate a year of their lives to programs that deal with poverty or colleges that have community service programs. The current VISTA is Amanda McSwine, who will be working in the college’s Values Based Learning Program assisting the director, Dr. Joe McDonald by promoting service-learning and civic engagement among Newberry students, faculty and staff.

Amanda graduated from Butler University in 2012, where she received her bachelor’s degree in theatre and psychology. Amanda is very passionate about education and youth development. She plans to attend the California Institute of Integral Studies to obtain her master’s degree in drama therapy.

“I have learned so much about my community and my role in my community.” Amanda said, “I never fully understood how much a difference an individual could make just by lending a hand where it’s needed. I have also discovered a lot about myself.”

The Volunteers in Service to America is a program that places individuals in nonprofit organizations and public agencies to support efforts to fight poverty. Through the years, more than 180,000 individuals, known as VISTAs, have committed at least one year of full-time service to low-income communities in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The VISTAs are screened, trained and supported- throughout their service by the VISTA program and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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