LONG BEACH Natasha Nesbitt is making a difference by helping give back to her community.
I love to live here and when I heard about AmeriCorps VISTA I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to volunteer locally, she said. VISTA is like the Peace Corps, but serving in America. I am working with Pacific County Emergency Management. I love the work and I get to meet many neat people.
Nesbitt graduated from Ilwaco High School in 2005. She was editor of the school newspaper, The Golden I, was active in drama, and played basketball, track and volleyball. She went to Vanguard University in California for one year and then transferred to Humboldt State. I majored in English with a minor in print making and ethnic studies. I worked for five summers at the Willapa Wildlife Refuge, Nesbitt said.
I learned about the Geographic Information System and would like to find a career in map-making and help with the environment, Nesbitt said. I was an airboat operator before doing this.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a 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.
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. VISTA programs are designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.