Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), the Wisconsin state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service held a “V50” event Monday evening at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, 420 S. 1st street in Milwaukee.
The keynote speaker was Congresswoman, Gwen Moore, who served as VISTA in the 1970’s.
Moore helped develop a credit union that made loans and grants to low income citizens for opening new businesses.
For this project, she won the “VISTA of the Decade” award.
In addressing about 70 VISTA and AmeriCorps members and alumni, Moore said, “I feel honored and privileged to have taken part in VISTA’s 50th celebration as my path to public service and governance was forged through my time serving as a VISTA volunteer in Milwaukee.
Through these rich and meaningful experiences, I learned that all of us, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic background, or upbringing, possesses the power and means to support and transform our communities for the better.”
Moore’s daughter served as a VISTA and her son, an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies.