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Beginning in June 2015, Heartland United Way began onboarding four AmeriCorps VISTA members to build capacity in order to eliminate poverty in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties.
Poverty Elimination: work on programming to eliminate poverty, while bolstering services that aid in this process including transportation, housing and teen pregnancy support & prevention
Community Engagement: Create public awareness about childhood poverty and develop more volunteers, programs and resources to address childhood poverty in our 4-county area
Capacity Building: build the capacity of Multicultural Coalition by looking at funding and creating a community outreach plan to ultimately provide more programs and services to aid the growing diversity in Grand Island
Volunteer Recruitment: specific recruitment and training for Heartland CASA for CASAs that speak Spanish, live in rural areas and are young professionals and Boy Scouts for more diverse scout leaders