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DC Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums: VISTA Gift Card Drive
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DC Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums: VISTA Gift Card Drive

10/15/2013 to 10/22/2013
When: October 15- October 22, 2013
Where: AmeriCorps Alums DC (c/o Service Nation)
1012 14th Street
Suite 915
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States
Contact: Lizzie Martinez

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Due to the government shutdown, last Friday an estimated 2,000 'standard' VISTAs around the country received only 64% of their already modest living allowance. For many VISTAs, this cut places a severe strain on finances that are already stretched. If you know of a VISTA impacted by the shutdown, encourage them to fill out this online form to get help.

To help local VISTAs impacted by the shutdown, AmeriCorps Alums DC is organizing a gift card drive. Fewer than 50 VISTAS in the area have expressed a need for help, and thousands more nationally are struggling. Our goal is to collect $50 for each VISTA in DC and distribute them by mail this Friday. If more are collected, we will distribute them to Alums outside of the DC are who have expressed a need for support. Many VISTAs are in small communities, and are not connected to an Alums Chapter. 

Click here to learn how you can provide $25 for a VISTA.*

These VISTAs took an oath of poverty and committed to strengthening the poverty alleviation efforts of small nonprofits in cities across the country. These corps members, and in many cases, their spouse and children, have been adversely affected by a political situation they do not control. As Alums, we share their commitment to service, and now is the time to give back.

Giving is simple, just mail or drop off a gift by this Friday and we will send it to a VISTA in need. Click here to pledge your support.*

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