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Six Decades of AmeriCorps VISTAs Remember Knocking On Doors

by Samantha Jo Warfield

In celebration of AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps VISTAs – past and present – gathered at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC on May 11, 2011 for an evening of readings and reflections. Inspired by the author, Maureen O’Connor, and contributors of Knocking on Doors: VISTA Volunteers Remember 1965-1971, alumni and currently serving members shared the impact of service on their lives and careers.

The author and several of the contributors were present to read selections from the book and the event drew a large crowd of alums and supporters who wished to share their own experiences. With an alum present from each of the past six decades -- it was also an opportunity for VISTAS across generations to come together.

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Originally founded as Volunteers In Service To America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.

AmeriCorps Week may be winding down, but you still have time to join in! View the rest of the photos from this event. Search for a project or tell your story on Facebook or Twitter. Most importantly, the work of AmeriCorps happens year-round so be sure to tell your AmeriCorps story year-round too.

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