Through annual grant support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and partner site support, RurAL CAP acts as a Multi Focus Intermediary to partner with Alaska agencies to place Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) members. VISTA members work to build capacity and expand opportunities to bring low income communities out of poverty.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
ANTHC has a healthy homes and respiratory health project that focuses on housing improvements and connecting economically disadvantaged people to health care. The goal of the project is to improve the respiratory health of residents through home-based intervention. Those interventions include the housing authority performing home modifications, and education geared at increasing water usage and improving air quality. The VISTA will focus interpreting air quality and respiratory health data, as well as developing and presenting educational material based on that data. The VISTA will also work with rural community stakeholders to help them collaborate on services that benefit respiratory health for residents.
- Rural Energy Initiative; http://anthc.org/what-we-do/rural-energy/rural-energy-initiative/
- Healthy Homes Initiative; http://anthc.org/what-we-do/community-environment-and-health/healthy-homes/
Burchell High School
Burchell High School is an alternative High School in Wasilla, Alaska. Burchell is using the VISTA resource to engage students in: restorative justice; parent education programs; and financial literacy. Burchell is actively engaging a VISTA member to promote post high school success for their students. Read more about Burchell High School
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Anchorage Community Land Trust
Anchorage Community Land Trust strives to develop healthy and prosperous communities in Anchorage by acquiring, developing and planning for the land and projects necessary to bring about sustainable neighborhood revitalization and economic development. As a “hybrid” organization, ACLT works both as a land trust and as a community development organization. The goal is to improve the quality of life in the community by addressing issues important to Mountain View residents. This goal of this VISTA project is to alleviate poverty through growing economic opportunities for Mountain View residents through financial literacy education, entrepreneurship, and small business training and increasing local hire of trained, qualified and increasing local hire of trained, qualified community members.
The Native Village of Port Heiden
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