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VISTA Living

September 2, 2011

This post is the first in a bi-weekly series about VISTA living and will contain information about entertainment, VISTA site events, volunteer opportunities, trainings, food, and resource-sharing. Feel free to send your VISTA Leaders content suggestions or post them in the Google Group!

Free/Cheap Entertainment:

  • Are you Ukrainian? Have a passion for cultural festivals? Then check out the Twin Cities Ukrainian Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 18 at the Ukrainian Event Center (301 Main St. in NE Minneapolis). Song, dance, food, arts/crafts, and learning are all on the agenda. Best of all, admission is free! Click here for more info.

VISTA Site Events:

  • Krystal’s host site, Camp Fire USA, is having a fundraiser on September 29 and is looking for volunteers to help. If you’d like to get involved and attend a wine tasting benefit for a good cause then email Krystal or the events coordinator (more info available here).

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is fast upon us and now is your chance to get involved! The InterCorps Council (ICC) of MN has put together some great service opportunities for AmeriCorps members across the state. Click here to see a listing of the opportunities and to register.


  • Interested in grant writing but don’t know where to begin? The MN Council of Churches VISTA cohort may be hosting a beginning grant writing workshop this fall and wants to know if any MLC VISTAs would be interested in using professional development funds to join in. Let Krista know if this is a skill you’d like to learn!
  • Learn how to teach civics and citizenship to immigrants with a FREE workshop on September 13 from 1-4 PM at the MN Department of Education in Roseville. For more information and to register, click here. Hurry! Registration closes on September 6!
  • Do you work with refugees and immigrants? Are you interested in cultural competency? Then check out Neighborhood House’s line up of fall trainings. This is a great opportunity to use your professional development funds!

Cheap Eats/Food Resources:

  • Fare for All is a cooperative food sharing program in MN that can help you save 40% on your grocery bills! There are distribution sites all across the state and anyone is welcome to take part. Basically you purchase food grab bags for a set price ($10 for vegetarian, $14 for meat, $20 for both). Check out their website for more information.

VISTA Exchange Network:

  • Are you moving and want to lighten your load? Are you new in town and in need of some furnishings? This section is where you can post your need for free things or your need to donate/swap worldly goods with other VISTAs. Just let your VISTA Leaders know via email or the Google Group!
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