Helping Hands, September 18, 2013

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jon Hoffman is an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Georgetown County United Way.

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AmeriCorps VISTA member with Georgetown County United Way
Native of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. with a BA in English
Worked on non-partisan campaign to get people to vote, spent three years teaching English in Korea

VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full-time for a year in anti-poverty organizations and agencies throughout the nation, working on issues such as fighting illiteracy, improving health services and creating businesses. There are nine local VISTA members working with a variety of local nonprofit groups.

How did you get involved with the VISTA program?
I had done a year of service in AmeriCorps in college and I wanted to be a VISTA member to experience the nonprofit world.
VISTA allows me to spend a year in a professional environment where I can sustain myself while doing what I love.
Of all the jobs Iíve had, the ones I liked the most have been tied to service work.

What do you like about the VISTA program?
I really like the VISTA program because I am not engaged in direct service, but I am working on policy building.
I am planning to go to law school and I am very interested in policy and policy reform, the high level stuff that allows agencies and members to implement their goals as successfully as possible.
I would recommend VISTA because it offers hands-on experience in a professional environment.

What are your responsibilities with the United Way?
My job title is volunteer recruitment and marketing. I have helped to create a volunteer management system.
When I leave, the next volunteer coordinator will have everything written out for them on everything they have to do for eery program and event.
I am setting the stage for all high level initiatives to be successful after I leave.
I also help recruit volunteers.

What are some things that are coming up?
We just re-launched the Get Connected online program to connect volunteers and local non-profit agencies.
People can find that on the United Way website at www.gcuw.org.
The Bridge to Bridge Run will be be held on Oct. 12 in Georgetown.
Anyone interested in volunteering or participating can call me at 843-546-6317.

Can you tell me about your family?
My mother, Karen, is a state and federal infection control expert. My father, Mark, is an engineer.
My sister, Jenni, is in medical school and is planning to be an OB/GYN physician.

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